When Archie Gubbrud did “Candid Camera”

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 9.11.19 AMFollowing last week’s Trail of Governors unveiling, a friend reminded me of Archie Gubbrud’s unusual appearance on Candid Camera.

Gubbrud, who served as Governor of South Dakota from 1961-65, appeared on the CBS television program on Sunday, December 9, 1962. Gubbrud’s segment was filmed at the Sioux Falls Post Office (today the federal courthouse) on October 9, 1962 but it did not air until after the 1962 general election (in which Gubbrud won reelection against former Governor Ralph Herseth).

The story is best told by the Argus Leader’s coverage from the time:

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Here is the promotional item that appeared in the newspapers nationally that December, promoting this episode of Candid Camera. Gubbrud did not receive top billing:

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(Thanks to Don Haggar for suggesting this post.)