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In 1963, a team of Fairfield University students won three consecutive games on the nationally-televised General Electric College Bowl. Billed as a “Game of Wits” this famous quiz show pitted teams of college students against each other in a test of their knowledge of history, science, literature, sports and trivia. Originally a radio show, College Bowl had grown into a popular live television show hosted by master of ceremonies Robert Earle and broadcast on NBC Sundays from 5:30 – 6:00 PM. The winning Fairfield team consisted of the following students: John Horvath, John Kappenberg, Joseph Kroll and George Greller; their coach was Rev. Donald Lynch, S.J. This put Fairfield on the map in the eyes of many and was a morale boost for the entire school. Fairfield ultimately lost its fourth game to Brooklyn Polytechnic.


The broadcast dates and scores for Fairfield University on the GE College Bowl are as follows: September 29, 1963, Fairfield University vs. Creighton University, 215 to 140; October 13, 1963, Fairfield University vs. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 220 to 190; October 20, 1963, Fairfield University vs. Clemson College, 245 to 200; October 27, 1963, Fairfield University vs. Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 145 to 160.


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