Merv Griffin created two of the most popular game shows in the history of television: Jeopardy!  and Wheel of Fortune. He bought an old gristmill in Califon, which was converted into a home he used on weekends. He would often drive through the town of Califon in a resort cart, and mentioned the town sometimes on his talk show.

From 1965 to 1986, Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show. He liked the town of Califon so much that he named his production company, Califon Productions. If you ever watch "Wheel of Fortune," the credits state that the show is still produced by Califon Productions.