In the early eigthies, I read a book called “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” It was listed as “non-fiction” and was the autobiographical account of TV producer/celebrity Cuck Barris. The book cut between Barris’ anecdotes of his adventures as the producer of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, et al and his anecdotes of his adventures as a CIA operative. According to Barris, he was performing hits for the agency while he was officially chaperoning “Dream Dates” for the network. I remember finding it an interesting read although I wasn’t really sure if it was all true.
In the early nineties, I found another book by Barris called “The Game Show King.” Thinking it might be another good read, I picked it up. I was surprised to find the exact same anecdotes (wrod-for-word) about his producing days but nothing about the CIA. In fact, it was the same book as “Confessions” but the stuff about his days as a Wet Boy were replaced by stuff about his current retirement in the South of France.
Was Chuck Barris lying or what?