Over the decades, since the advent of the television medium, mainstream television talk show productions and those cast as their hosts have both played important roles in so far as the application, execution of mass societal behavioral modification, social engineering, the manufacture of social, political consensus, and population perception management.
Quite unexpectedly, while performing research for a recently published article, one happened upon a pair of audio/visual excerpts from The Merv Griffin Show, a popular prime time Hollywood celebrity-oriented talk fest broadcasted during the eras of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. On the surface, though Merv’s show seemed rather dull, filled with the usual mundane and rather trivial talk show fare, nevertheless, selections of banter between Griffin and some of his selected guests proved rather interesting, if not wholly revealing.
In the first video excerpt encountered, Griffin was interviewing the “late” Sharon Tate, alleged to have been murdered by “Charles Manson” (AKA Hollywood executive David Geffen). The second excerpt – and perhaps just as intriguing – featured Griffin interviewing Barry and Robin Gibb, members of the Bee Gees, a formerly popular 1970’s disco era pop music group.
Below from L to R: Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb
As everyone shall shortly observe, in the first video excerpt, while Griffin and Tate are walking down Carnaby Street in London, England, they are suddenly approached by Hollywood actor Hugh O’Brien. An encounter which, although made to appear spontaneous, was undoubtedly well-planned, tightly scripted. It also became apparent that, concerning the affectations of social sophistication and airy demeanor demonstrated by the show’s host, Griffin was a highly skilled thespian putting on a performance. In addition, one developed an intuition that “Merv Griffin” seemed rather familiar.
After exchanging introductory formalities with O’Brien – at approximately 2:53 in the video posted directly above – Griffin makes an eye-opening quip concerning the CIA. Later, during the interview segment of Griffin’s program, Tate reveals that not only is her father employed by Army intelligence and is stationed in Vietnam, but that she was also born in Dallas, Texas. Of course, Dallas, Texas served as the movie set for the staged “assassination” of U.S. president “John Fitzgerald Kennedy” (AKA Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper) filmed by “Abraham Zapruder” (AKA Walt Disney). Tate also mentions her new film – Vampire Killers – which was directed by Roman Polanski who Tate would later wed. It turns out that “Merv Griffin” has connections to both “Roman Polanski” and to Dallas, Texas, specifically Dealy Plaza.
In fact, not only did further, deeper investigation reveal that the “late” “Merv Griffin” was a fabricated character scheme, a manufactured mainstream television persona behind which lurked a most familiar live-action role player, but, in the case of the Bee Gees, both Robin and Barry Gibb, respectively, have connections to legendary popular music groups – both to the Beatles and to Led Zeppelin. Continue reading “Merv Griffin’s Menagerie of Misdeeds”