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The DiGeorge Files
my name is Lee
addicted to game shows.
It all started when I was young, I guess
I would climb the
stairs of my house and wait for Rod Roddy (God rest his soul)
to scream "Come on Down!" Like the contestant that never was,
I would sprint down the stairs and sit in my own contestants
my living room couch.
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Episode 2 - "The Greatest
Game Show Moment Stunk" (June 18)
Hello again, loyal (or first time) readers! Last week,
during my discussion of our favorite ice cream truck
driver, Michael Larsen, I posed an interesting question:
What is the definitive "greatest moment" in game show
After sorting through the e-mails, there are a few of
note that are unforgettable moments. Kenneth Sokol
chimed in to say that John Carpenter's million dollar
lifeline was the pinnacle moment of game shows. Scott
Hempler cited the 1980's Jokers Wild million dollar TOC.
Bill Minovich feels that the best game show moments are
based on their unscripted nature ("She has such cute
nipples" Gene Rayburn), and Jacklyn Simmons decided
that Sue Hawk's impassioned speech at the end of the
first Survivor was the moment that will forever stick
out in her mind.
After giving the subject much thought, I have to
declare, in the case of The DiGeorge Files, the greatest
moment in game show history was the Daniel Avila
$2,000,000 miss on the Chuck Woolery-hosted "Greed".
There were three left. Melissa Skirboll, although quiet,
was confident in her knowledge, but wanted to leave
after the $500,000 question was answered correctly.
Curtis Warren, a seemingly arrogant, pompous jerk, was
also ready to leave after the $500,000 question.
However, neither of these two were the captain, so the
choice was in the hands of the world's bravest man (or
stupidest, depending on how you look at it), Daniel
Daniel felt the need for Greed.
They scored their million, and the crowd was uproarious.
Everyone was incredibly psyched. Chuck game them each a
day to decide if they wanted to go for the big jackpot
for two million dollars.
The game changed, though. It was no longer a team
decision, so they could go or stop, based on their
individual decisions. Melissa and Curtis, both with
$410,000 in their pocket, ran like the wind.
What about the world's most dangerous man? He felt the
The topic was odors, and the question seemed simplistic
According to Yale University, which four of these
smells are the most recognizable?
1) Baby Powder
2) Peanut Butter
3) Moth Balls
6) Dry Cat Food
9) Vicks Vaporub
The world's most dangerous man made his selections (He
definitely wanted Tuna and Peanut Butter. He ultimately
decided to go with Vicks Vaporub and Coffee as
Since he was the captain, he had no chance to go back as
the answers began to be revealed
Correct!, "Coffee" Correct! , "Vicks Vaporub"
The Greed-watching world was out of their chairs. Could
this brave, silly man, beat the game on its
fifth try? The world waited there with baited breath
"For two million dollars, is it Tuna?"
The wait was excruciating. It even got to Chuck, as he
waited, anxiously saying
The box that had the word "Tuna" then turned red. The
ominous "wrong answer" song played. America was just
treated to the biggest loser ever on a game show
the most memorable moment ever on a game show.
The web is a wonderful place as well. You can easily see
this clip if you look for it for a few minutes (if you
don't have it burned into memory as I do). It is well
worth the watch.
After watching it, you may exhibit a nervous laughter.
It's perfectly normal
or you can be like me, and crack
up hysterically every time you see it. The immense
pressure that he put himself through, the pressure that
the game put him through, the pressure that the money
put him through and the pressure that producers put him
through gets portrayed very faithfully on the screen.
It's almost like you laugh to release the stress that's
building in your mind.
Daniel Avila left with NOTHING. HA!
For next week, please e-mail me your thoughts on the
"Who, in your opinion, is the greatest game show host
Until next Friday, peace out, cub scouts!
Lee likes long walks on the
beach, world peace, and e-mails to his address:
June 11 - The Greatest Champion Ever