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"Having them make the choices appealed to the female population, the target demographic."Some contestants later became famous, including Farrah Fawcett, introduced by Lange as "an accomplished artist and sculptress." John Ritter was on a panel as "a college student majoring in drama." Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck also appeared, as did two future governors: Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.
While hosting, Lange was often decked out in fashions of the era, including neon-colored jackets with wide lapels resembling glider wings.
Sometimes he sported a pastel-colored tux and a shirt with voluminous ruffles. "He was never a fan of that."A nighttime version of the show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1970.
Jim Lange was the original and best-known host of a television show that has come to be identified with the swinging late 1960s and 1970s: "The Dating Game.""We were really the first reality show," he said in a 2002 Times interview, "paving the way for Howard Stern, Jerry Springer, 'Big Brother.' "Not that Lange, who graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota, was so proud of those offspring.
He spent more than 50 years in radio and television and hoped to one day have a TV talk show.