The Quiz Kids

Curator's note: You can now download audio of Quiz Kids on the air.

The Quiz Kids was produced in NBC's Merchandise Mart studios from 1940 to 1953, generally under the sponsorship of Miles Laboratories, makers of Alka-Seltzer.

The show's quizmaster, as clueless as the kids were bright, was Joe Kelly, a veteran of the NBC's National Barn Dance. [After the demise of the Quiz Kids, Joe Kelly served for a number of years as the host of the Totem Club, a kids' show that aired on WTTW, Chicago's 'educational' (and later PBS) television station.]

Below are some photos of the Quiz Kids shot in studio E in the early 1940's.

Right: The 'Quiz Kids' (from left to right): Jack Lucal, James D. Watson (later a Nobel winner of 'Double Helix) fame, Ruth Duskin, Margaret Merrick, Claude Brenner. Quiz Kids

Quiz Kids and Chico Marz Left: The 'Quiz Kids' meet Chico Marx (from left to right): Gerard Darrow, Claude Brenner, Richard Williams, Margaret Merrick, Joel Kupperman, David Prochaska, Ruth Duskin, Harve Bennett Fischman.

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