Eddie, wasn't it "Wink" Martindale who, oh around 1960-ish, was responsible for hundreds of churches replacing their pew bibles with decks of playing cards?
I don't know WHO was responsible for that. All I know, is that I forgot my Bible one day and found myself reading about the King of Hearts in the "Book of Clubs".
That happened to me once, but the cards that I always carried around with me were an "Old Maid" set.
Okay Eddie. After many minutes of careful research, I found out that after Wink performed his Soldier Playing Cards in Church narration on the Ed Sullivan Show, the recording became very popular with churches that have no Sunday evening services. Many, in fact, did trade in their pew Bibles for decks of playing cards.One interesting result of this strange episode is that pinochle decks were declared to be heretical.
Thanks, stranger. The version I remember is Tex Ritter's which now can be found on YouTube.