Dear David Inman: It’s driving me crazy trying to remember the name of a daytime game show I watched in the 1960s. It took place outdoors and if the contestants answered correctly, they could paddle out in a raft to a sandy “island” and dig for treasure. What was the name and host of that game show? – R.M., via e-mail
Dear R.M.: To quote the show’s theme song:
It’s Treasure Isle from Florida!
On sunny Palm Beach shores!
You search for treasure on Treasure Isle
Find it – the treasure is yours!
Picture those lyrics sung to a tune by a knockoff of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and you’ve got the opening to “Treasure Isle,” which ran on ABC from 1967-68. The show was hosted by John Bartholomew Tucker and was taped at the Colonnades Beach Hotel in Palm Springs, with Treasure Isle in a lagoon.
Contestants got their chance to paddle out when they fit giant puzzle pieces together.