Bob's Final Week
- June 12
is Jason Block...and I am a little sad this week. Yes we
all know that Bobs last show will be broadcast this
FridayJune 15 and that as of now there is STILL no
replacement for Bob. But instead of feeling sad, I want
to bring a little happy to the party this week.
You see, I think the game itself is one of the least
important parts of the TPIR experience. We all want to
win...A NEW CAR!!!!!! But, the most important part is
the 18-24 hours before the show actually goes on the
I have been lucky enough to see Bob work his magic four
times. Once, in 2001, my friend Joe Melillo got on after
I taped my 5 days on Jeopardy. The other three times
were with the Game Show Congress.
Waiting on line is really a cool experience. If you told
people that 50 people would be camped out on Beverly and
Wilshire in the middle of the night just for the chance
to be one of 9 people on TV...most people would say you
were nuts. But people did it every night. And people
loved the chance to do it.
Doing it with the Game Show Congress crew was just fun.
We would get there between 12-2...and we would rotate
sleep shifts and discuss everything related to game
shows. We would play games, buy food and drink and
scratch off lottery tickets at the Exxon Station. We
would discuss strategy, and bond with the people on
line. We handed out cases of Izze soda to anyone who
We would bond in freezing 50 degree nights, and hot
humid ones too. Police had to be called one time as some
idiot shot paintballs on the line at us. (Must have been
a rabid Deal or No Deal fan or something). Tom Gauer,
the father figure of the group helped out the police and
the ladies who were hurt.
And after those 24 hours of the waiting, number
grabbing, eating breakfast, losing adrenaline, gaining
it back...you enter the studio. Most people never
realize how small the studio actually is! But it is
loud, damn is it loud!
Literally, when the first strains of music play as Rich
Fields calls the first four down...They need cue cards
to show the names because you cant hear yourself! And
when Bob strolls through those doors...I swear, for
me...goose pimples run down your body, tears start to
well up and the noise level is just so intense it is
like a wave of sound! Unreal.
Will it be the same when the replacement host is
named...probably not. But there is no experience like
attending The Price is Right. Approximately 38,000
people have been in contestants Row. Most people never
get picked. But after leaving the taping, people are
happy. They were just glad to be there.
And I have to say, I was too. Its amazing to believe in
just a few days, a part of peoples lives will be over.
But I can take the memories I had bonding with people,
watching my friends get on stage and win prizes and file
it away in my brain.
That is the biggest win of all.
You agree or disagree? Fire me off a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.