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    Charles Van Doren Signed Letter. A brilliant scholar and son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Charles Van Doren became a celebrity in the late '50s during a triumphant run on the TV quiz show Twenty-One. Sadly, it was soon revealed (by a disgruntled former "contestant") that Van Doren had been coached and fed the answers by the show's producers for the sake of drama and ratings. The resulting scandal led to the demise of several popular quiz shows in late 1958. This brief typed letter is dated May 23, 1957, reads: "Please accept my apologies for this very late reply to your request." and is signed by Van Doren in black ink. Also included is a copy of the February 23, 1957 issue of TV Guide, featuring a cover story on Van Doren at the height of his popularity. The letter is in Very Fine condition with mild tanning, wear, a fold crease, and a light pencil mark; the magazine is in Very Good to Fine condition moderate overall wear. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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