Court of Opinions

Court of Opinions, a CBC Radio program that first aired in 1956.

It was a series that ran first on CBC radio and then television in the 1950s and 60s. Listeners wrote in questions and a panel of guests and regular contributors tried to answer them. The topics were eclectic- everything from "Should lectures on sex be given in public schools?" to "If you were to enter fairyland, what story-book character would you like to be?"

Or how's this: "What do you predict for 1957?" The suggestions for that one were that  "pointy rears" on cars will be abolished by law, that colour TV would become popular, that Louis St. Laurent would win a majority in the next election, and that Elvis Presley would decline in popularity.

In this sample, from February 1956, the guest was the famous Canadian actor Lorne Greene.