I was there. My mom loved the show and when it abruptly vanished she was terribly disappointed until the news came out that it was rigged. I don't think she really got into another quiz type show until the original Jeopardy! aired in 1964 (the year I graduated from high school) with Art Fleming as the host. Almost 50 years later I still like Jeopardy!
Now back to our scheduled programming!
Can't argue either of your statements.
Back to the topic, I don't think slow play is an "obsession". It is really important to play at a decent pace for everyone's enjoyment.
When I first started golf three years ago, I thought that it was very uninviting for us to be kicked off the course when we did not know how to play well. In retrospect, I think we should have been warned that there is a specific pace of play for the course. We should also have had a brief instruction on pace of play and why it is important, before being let on the course. At that point, we would have understood this and gone to one of the easier courses. There are many courses that cater specifically to beginners, and that is where I belonged at the time.
Now I go to the same golf course, with 12 minute 4 person play times. I even get a little impatient (not outwardly) at playing partners who take too long to setup when they play their shot. If a party is taking more than 15 minutes per hole, there is a noticeable backup at all the par 3 holes.
So, pace of play, is not an "obsession" per se, but a requirement for uninterrupted and enjoyable play of all the golfers on the course.
I have a less than common point of view on this subject, because only a little over 3 years ago I was a total beginner. I remember vividly getting kicked off the course by the "golf snobs".
If I was taught the subject of pace of play 3 years ago by the golf courses, I would have readily followed the "rules".