Remembering a Favorite
I would be absolutely remiss if I didnt spend this
column remembering someone who, for many in my
generation, is someone we know if not by name, then by
what he did.
He was the host of Press Your Luck. He is Peter
Tomarken. And he was killed Monday morning in a plane
crash off the coast of Santa Monica, California.
Why do I need to talk about him in this column? Because
we come from the same hometown. Its a small town in the
northeast where a lot of families laid roots and never
left. As far as I can tell, over time the Tomarken
family did leave
and Peter David Tomarken became famous
because of it.
Beyond sharing a hometown, I wont claim that I know
anything first-hand about Mr. Tomarken. But let me share
some things I have learned over the years through
various biographies. Peters career was in advertising
before game shows
but went on to host five game show
series, including most recently Paranoia on the FOX
Family Channel. His most recent game show appearance was
as part of the Big Bucks special on GSN, and part of
an episode of Whammy! on GSN.
Two links on Wikipedia are chilling regarding the plane
crash. One shows the planes path
the other the planes
altitude. If for some reason, you want to see them,
click on this link:
My thoughts and prayers are with Tomarkens son and twin
daughters, the entire family, and those in my hometown
who remember the family.
As I write this on Monday
night, it just seems inappropriate to do the other
regular features of this column (Idol Thoughts and
Game Show Alphabet). So well bring them back next
Dont forget to go to this web address to see my
American Idol Scorecard: (NEW ADDRESS!!)
Jason Elliott will press his luck one more time for
old time's sake. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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