Gordon Pepper, Chico Alexander, and James Dinan
(C-Note: At last summer's Game Show Congress, webmaster
Steve Beverly revealed plans to retire his website as a
daily news service. We at the 'net, having familiarized
ourselves with his work over the past years, offer some
words of respect.)
very first job as a web programmer started in 1996 when
I was a production intern for an independent serial web
company (Anyone remember the cyber soap The East
Village? Well, I helped to work on it). I first actively
started looking for game show news in the late 1990s,
once Millionaire popped out and became a huge hit. It
was at that point that I stumbled on to Steve Beverlys
web site for the first time and realized that there were
other game show fanatics like myself. From an internet
and a social standpoint, that was a new experience
because I then knew that there were other people like me
people who not only watched and followed game shows,
but who analyzed everything about them.
With Steve Beverlys site as a staple for my internet
journeys, I was a daily follower. I was going to go to
the first Game Show Congress (knowing about it via his
site), but a flurry of work stopped me from doing so. In
2003, I was able to free my schedule and go to the
Second Annual Congress, which overlapped nicely with the
TRASH Invitational. It was at that point where I met
Jason Block, James Dinan and Steve Beverly for the first
time. Despite me being an outcast (meaning that I knew
no one there), Steve made me feel right at home and was
incredibly friendly. My interaction with Steve not only
convinced me to go to the next GSC, but to also play a
role in being an active member of the GSC. As a result,
I now co-moderate the Game Show Tournament with Joe Van
Ginkel and have also brought the rest of GSNN down for
I can best describe Steve as a Southern gentleman. He is
a very nice guy, and although he and I tend to disagree
on some issues (him being from the conservative South
and me being from the very liberal NYC area), he is very
passionate on his craft and is a very intelligent man.
There is a reason why he is on the forefront on any news
program that needs a game show expert, as he certainly
I was very saddened when Steve announced that he would
no longer operate his site on a daily basis not only
on a professional level, but on a personal one, as Steve
was one of the reasons why I joined up with GSNN in the
first place. Though I am honored that we have been
described by him as one of the future torch bearers, it
feels like the only reason why we have the flame is
because, like a candle, we had to take it from Steves
wick. Although you have truly earned the rest that you
will be taking, you will be sorely missed.
I've always believed that my greatest friendships have
come from rivalries. I don't want to say that Steve and
I were rivals for the last three years (though in
essence, that's what we were), but it seems that when
Gordon and I took the reins from Jason Elliott, I found
myself wanting to beat Steve at his own game. Over time,
I came to realize that I wasn't trying to best the man,
but rather, I was trying to best myself, and
seeing what Steve did with his own site helped me
improve this one. I guess you can say that I have Steve
to thank for making me be better than myself.
I remember saying two things about him. First, I said in
an episode of WLTI that while our differences are many
(he's a professional journalist in his 50s whose
favorites date back to the classics of the old school,
I'm a med tech in my 20s whose first game show watching
adventures involved Dick Clark, Alex Trebek, and a
cartoon devil), the fact remains that far more unites us
than divides us. Even as he has his detractors (and who
doesn't really?), his heart is in this genre like no one
that I've ever seen short of the many legends that we
revere. Which brings me to the second thing, which I
told him face to face - people like him breed people
like us. I stand by both sentiments.
I think I can
speak for every here at GSNN when I say that it's going
to be quite a chore to fill his shoes. After all, he's
the go-to guy for the rest of the world. While I don't
see myself as an ambassador for competitive television
any time so, I promise that I will do what I can with
what I have where I am.
So Steve, if you're reading this, do yourself a favor...
Take a nice vacation. You deserve it. We'll mind the
shop from here. Thanks for everything.
Hard to believe that Steve Beverly is stepping aside
full time from TVGameshows.net, but I understand his
reasoning. As someone who is about to be married myself,
I know I'll have to make some changes in the coming
months as well.
Along with college quizbowl, Steve's site helped me get
in touch with others who shared my love for game shows.
If it weren't for Steve, I probably wouldn't be involved
in the Game Show Congress, or assist the folks at Game
Show NewsNet with WLTI or news tidbits.
Thank you Steve for allowing me to provide updates for
Beat the Geeks and Stump the Schwab during its runs on
the air, and thank you for providing one of the first
forums that game show fans could call their own.
Gordon Pepper can barely form a sentence without using
the phrase GSC. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.