Mayor Sam Tidbits
Mayor Sam appeared on the 10 September 1961 broadcast of "What's My Line." However, he signed in as "Mr. X" because even though some of the panel might have recognized his name, they probably would have never seen his face since most of the panelists lived in New York. However, Art Linkletter did recognize him and voluntarily disqualified himself.
Mayor Sam played himself in an episode of "Here's Lucy" in 1972.
He has made appearances on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and "The Tonight Show starrring Johnny Carson."
He even played the role of a Mayor in a 1982 episode of "CHiPS," about a year after his last (losing) run for Mayor of Los Angeles.
Of course, Mayor Sam hosted his own local talk show, which was eventually cancelled in favor of "Hee Haw."
In 1997, a survey of urban historians and political scientists conducted by Melvin Holli at the University of Illinois at Chicago rated Yorty the third worst U.S. big-city mayor since 1960.
That's why we love him so!