Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

More Galleries
Top luxurious hotel suites for business travelers For many people, you can't put a price on comfort. More
Million-dollar startups: These firms scored big sales their first year Their first year in business, these companies generated $1 million in sales. More
The 10 best states for retirees It might be worth moving to a new place to find your dream retirement home. Check out these 10 states. More

Special Offer
8 of 10
BACK NEXT
The $64,000 Question - 1955 to 1958
The $64,000 Question - 1955 to 1958
  • 1955 question: $64,000
  • 2008 inflation adj. question:
        $513,000
  • Back in the 1940s, the radio show "Take It or Leave It" awarded cash prizes to contestants who could answer various trivia questions, working their way from the initial $1 question to the $64 jackpot.

    In 1950, the show changed its name to "The $64 Question," and the title soon became a popular catch phrase. You could update it for today to "the $570 dollar question," but that just doesn't have the same ring.

    When the radio show moved to television in 1955, the producers boosted the jackpot by a few zeroes and re-named it "The $64,000 Question." Contestants still started with a $1 question, and they worked their way incrementally to the 17th question, worth $64,000.

    In today's money, that's $513,000. But why settle for half a million? Nowadays the $64 question is, "Who wants to be a millionaire?"

    NEXT: Brewster's Millions - 1902 through 1985

    Last updated May 23 2008: 3:58 PM ET