Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 189
Out on the floor of the Chicago Stadium:
—“That will be a wrap, boys,” Samuel Goldwyn Jr. is speaking with the control booth of the Chicago Stadium. It took some technical magic, but he was able to use his family reputation to convince NBC to carry the Billy Graham Crusade Day Three “live”, opposite the popular Arthur Godfrey and His Friends on CBS. That is a broadcasting coup, considering that there was no prearranged contract and that Graham had turned down million$$ from the network months ago, in order to continue his revival commitments.
—“How did it look Samuel?” Preacher Billy is speaking through a microphone to Samuel’s headphones, hoping for the best. In a leap of faith, instead of just reaching the thousands in attendance, he was stepping through television tubes into tens of thousand households around the world.
—“To be frank, this television thing will not lure me away from the big screen,” Goldwyn is true to his Hollywood roots, “but I must say, from this side of the camera, you knocked it out of the stadium, Mr. Graham!”
—“Praise the Lord!” he assigns the proper attribute. “I think that Mr. Libby is honing his presentation with every passing night, though I cannot imagine that he will be making the barnstorming bus tour with us.”
—“That is why we got everything on film, right? You can plug him in whenever you want to, just show the videotape. That’s why I hired a second cameraman to record his entire segment, from intro to ovation.” Foresight is 90% skill and 20% luck, which adds up to 110, but the extra 10% is God’s behind-the-scenes dynamic.
Billy would put it this way, “Do you want 110% assurance that you will go to Heaven? Just like Willard Libby’s creation-proving science, ask God to be your mathematician.”
And now for a commercial break.
Now here’s our friend Arthur Godfrey with a song:
Constance Caraway P.I.