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More GSC Goodies - January 13

This past Wednesday night, the Game Show Congress met up for our monthly meeting for this year’s Game Show Congress. In case you are one of the many new people who are visiting this site and you don’t know what the Game Show Congress is, it’s a convention that celebrates the best in game shows, both in a Best of the Year and a Lifetime format. This would be the fifth annual meeting of the event, which started out in Colorado and now is located in Los Angeles.

I am happy to tell you that there are many new things that I can discuss about the event. The most important one is that both the date and the time have been finalized. The information is as follows –

The Fifth Game Show Congress
Date - July 13-16, 2006
Location - Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California, United States 91505-1019
Tel: +1-818-843-6000 Fax: +1-818-842-9720

Let’s first talk logistics. It would cost around $109 a room a night, and with taxes, around $350 for three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). That’s a pretty good deal by itself, but to make it even better, I would suggest to go with a bunch of people and split the cost. Last year, myself, Chico, Jason Block and Ryan Vickers all split the cost for a week and we wound up splitting it 4 ways for around $300 a person. This year, it would even be cheaper – the cost for the week would be around $900, which would be only around $225 for a 4 person split. Add plane fare (which would have to be less than around the $300 that Jason and I spent on air fare) and you are talking about spending a week in LA for less than $500. That is a very reasonable price – and you have 7 months to save up for it.

We will have much more for you next month in terms of activities, but here’s what I can divulge now – Both Thursday and Friday will be primarily devoted to the Game Show Tournament. On Friday Night, we may also be having a special presentation of an event at the Hilton that we saw live last year. The 15th or the 16th will have one of the special honorees of the Congress (but I can’t say who….yet…) while the Tournament’s playoffs will conclude on Saturday and the finals and All Star games to be played on Sunday. Sunday is also going to be industry panel day, starting with WLTI (YAY!) at 8am and running with awards and other events.

Now if you’ve been reading all of our diaries over the years, you know darn well that for us, the Congress isn’t just those four days. What makes this fun is the camaraderie aspect and the opportunity to go on various field trips (television tapings, amusement parks, casinos, etc.). Well, with the event now moved up to July, I am happy to announce that there will be more game show events than ever to participate in. The Price Is Right tapes July 12-13, 17, 18 and 19 (and yes, Mary Bailey’s popcorn popper is in the middle of her dining room), and while the schedules for the other games (Wheel, Jeopardy, Family Feud, etc.) aren’t up yet, it’s pretty certain that some sort of taping will be going on during that time – whether it’s classic shows, renewals of Summer programming from CBS or FOX or something that we don’t know about yet. Expect to go on many excursions for the week – and even possibly more than one per day!

Finally, we here at stress family. If you are coming down, please let us know. We’d love to meet you and we’d love to have you hang out with us. Our official party time will be from Wednesday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 19. If you don’t know anyone, that’s fine – none of us knew anyone when we first came down. We’d love to invite you to our party.

Next week, I’ll answer any questions that you all may have on the GSC, as well as impressions on the new shows of the season.

Gordon Pepper stives himself on being the party host with the most. Email him at

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