Herb Stempel

Game Show Contestatnt
Born Dec 19, 1926

Herbert Milton "Herb" Stempel is a television game show contestant and subsequent whistle blower on the fraudulent nature of the industry, in what became known as the quiz show scandals. His rigged six-week appearance as a winning contestant on the 1950s show Twenty One ended in an equally rigged defeat by Columbia University teacher and literary scion Charles Van Doren.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on December 19, 1926.


1944 17 Years Old Stempel graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in January 1944. … Read More


1952 25 Years Old Stempel remained in the Army for the next seven years, attending counterintelligence school in Baltimore, Maryland and serving as "an agent" until 1952, when he began work in the United States Post Office as a clerk.
1954 27 Years Old He married his wife, Toby, in 1954 and returned to CCNY on the G.I. Bill.
1956 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, after tuning in to a new program, Twenty One, he was intrigued by the questions and wrote to Dan Enright, the show's producer, asking to be a contestant. … Read More


1957 30 Years Old …  Stempel later testified to Congress that in February 1957 he had spoken with a reporter from the New York Post, but that paper had the same reservations as the Journal-American. … Read More


1994 67 Years Old …  Julian Krainin, who co-produced the film, also co-produced the 1994 feature film Quiz Show, in which Stempel was portrayed by John Turturro. … Read More
2008 81 Years Old In 2008, Charles Van Doren broke his long silence, and in an article in The New Yorker described the overtures Robert Redford's production company made to him to cooperate with the filming of Quiz Show. … Read More
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