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David L. Wolper and the Hope Diamond, by Hofmeister, Richard K, 1974, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 74-2646-20A or SIA74-2646-20A.

November 25, 1974

The first in a series of television specials produced by the David L. Wolper Organization in association with the Smithsonian is broadcast by CBS. MONSTERS! Mysteries or Myth debuts at 8 p.m., and covers the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. It is narrated by The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling. The program draws a national rating of 31.8 (45% share of the market), approximately 50 million people. The film is shown in the Carmichael Auditorium (as part of the Free Film Theater series) on 8 and 9 January 1975.More

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