Chico: Yo! I'm Chico Alexander, and while I was in LA, I think I saw the single
most disturbing thing ever!
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and...you saw Jason Block naked?
Jason: Whoa whoa whoa. Wait just a second. That was not right.
http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=3272687 The Jasmine Trias CD.
The cover alone is stereotypically Hawaiian.
Jason: The most disturbing thing I saw in LA was a 28" pizza. That was insane.
We ate it too.
Mike: Dammit, Jason stole my thunder. This whole show should be sponsored by
Jason: Bless their greasy hearts.
Chico: Damn that's a big ass pizza.
Mike: The cardiologists in Glendale must be glad that Big Mama's is around.
Jason: I only had about 4 pieces...they were small.
Chico: It's good eatin'. Okay, Gordon... Show'em my motto!
Gordon: From somewhere in Los...oops, that was last week. From somewhere in
Chico: (applause) And joining us this morning is Jason Block, Mike Klauss, and
the man who made it all possible, the grand master of Game Show Congress, Paul
Jason: We did it gentlemen...our first live broadcast!
Mike: And we weren't forcibly removed from the premises!
Paul: A well attended live broadcast, in fact.
Gordon: Thank you for the support and love =)
Jason: To everyone who showed up...thank you so much.
Chico: Yes! It really meant a lot to us, given that it was our first broadcast.
Gordon: Joining us is Mr. Game Show Congress himself, Paul Bailey.
Jason: (standing ovation)
Mike: *does the "We're not worthy" hand waving*
Paul: My mom says thank you for your help on Monday morning, securing a spot in
line, assisting with various elements of the process for TPIR - she is at her
50th High School Reunion this weekend, and will have a tidbit to talk about.
Chico: I couldn't give a list of people to thank because I know I'd forget
someone, but Paul would be at the top of that list.
Jason: Paul, the congress was unreal. Better than last year. Thanks again.
Gordon: Paul, Thank you for giving us a venue to speak at and for putting up an
Mike: What they already said. It was a phenomenal event. I can't wait for next
Chico: Yeah, I just wish someone recorded it.
Jason: Next year. I am looking into webcasting...it may be expensive...but who
Gordon: Excellent. I noticed that you also part of WLTI, did you not? I know
there was a guy working the camera while we were talking. I don't know how much
he taped of it.
Paul: We should have that - just have to start the dubbing process and getting
it to Steve and Matt, who can then throw students at editing projects.
Gordon: Could you do me a favor and send both me and Chico a DVD with as much
WLTI as you got?
Chico: Free labor. And I thought we weren't going to touch that until
Paul: Certainly will copy you with any raw video when we get it.... maybe a
month or two out...
Gordon: I sense New Year's Present...=)
Paul: We are trying to build this up one step at a time, and we got great profs
from the industry folks this time, and many have offered to help, which will be
great in securing even more of them to attend.
Jason: We are coming up on the big 5 next year...that's a big number!
Gordon: I was very impressed by the number of industry people who not only
showed up, but who supported the congress, like J Keith Van Stratten from What's
My Line, Frank Nicotero from Street Smarts, Guillermo Huesca from Trato Hecho,
Jason: Guillermo Huesca is my new hero. He is an amazing guy.
Chico: You know, you had a lot of industry dudes this year, and a lot of
recognition, too... Monday, we were at TPIR, Rich pointed us out, and all I
could say was "Uh oh, busted."
Paul: Did you guys go to TPIR any other days?
Jason: No we didn't.
Chico: Nope. We were too tired.
Gordon: We also saw all of the main geeks from Beat the Geeks, as well as Rich
Fields and a number of producers.
Chico: I saw (and met) the entire geek army.
Jason: And of course the Concentration reunion with Norm Blumenthal, Buddy Piper
and Ruth Horowitz.
Chico: Those were class acts right there, especially Buddy Piper, who we sat
next to with the industry roundtable. We had a nice rapport. And he shared a
pearl of wisdom: "In order to teach others how to act, we must first teach
Jason: And we saw a ton of J! veterans like Jeff Suchard, Bob Harris, Dan Melia,
Chico: I liked Steve Chernicoff's shirt: "I got Ruttered at the UTOC". Classic.
Mike: The Concentration panel was amazing. Just as amazing was the variety of
clips Stu Shostak used throughout the presentation.
Jason: And Stu thanked me personally. Thank you Stu for everything as well.
Chico: I echo that.
Gordon: My new hero has to be Norm Blumenthal. After the Industry Panel, I saw
Norm deconstruct someone's game that Norm was shown. I understand why Norm is
one of the best in the business. I think in those 10 minutes when I saw Norm do
that, I learned more there than I did at the panel.
Chico: Because you're a natural born deconstructor, I take it?
Gordon: I have to continue to pick up the good work habits =)
Chico: Oh definitely =p
Gordon: Speaking of deconstructing, if you paid attention at the congress, you
were able to see new games, view pilots and pitches and help people with their
Chico: There was another event at the convention, Steve Beverly's State of the
Games address, which I will admit had me giving equal amounts of head nods and
eye rolls. More in the extra later this week.
Gordon: The important part of this is the retiring of a game show journalism
legend, the illustrious Professor Steve Beverly. Any thoughts?
Jason: Stunned. But he has been pushing himself in ways that very few people
Chico: I certainly didn't expect that.
Jason: But he has been a friend for many years, and I wish him well.
Chico: We have had differences, but to do what he did for the last five years is
nothing short of amazing.
Gordon: There are many people who like his opinions. There are others that
don't. regardless of what you think, we will be missing a legend and it's going
to be a hard task for websites such as ours to pick up the slack for him.
Mike: I was at a similar crossroads about 2 years ago. It wasn't for the same
reasons that Steve's retiring, but there are parallels. I have the utmost of
respect for Steve, and I told him that after his announcement.
Gordon: And as one of the Steve-proclaimed 'torch bearers', we will try to do
what we can to do meet the expectations that you have for his website.
Mike: Naturally, one's family, health, career, etc. are higher priorities than
running a web site. Steve put in a ton of work into his site, and it certainly
has not gone unappreciated. A tip of the hat goes to Steve.
Chico: Agreed. I told him this before, and I'll say it again, "People like him
breed people like us."
Gordon: Sure does. Beverly's site was the first ever game show internet site
that I ever visited.
Jason: And I believe his was one of the first internet interviews I ever did for
Millionaire. I even did his radio show.
Gordon: So Steve, we'll try to carry the torch as well as we can.
Jason: Switching gears, Gordon....we have to thank you, Joe Van Ginkel, Travis
Schario and Mike Burger for the Game Show Tournament.
Gordon: It was our pleasure to run it. There were a number of classic moments in
the tournament that will stay with me for awhile. The moments ranged from the
funny to the amazing.
Jason: Hey Chico....Rodeo....
Chico: That was an instant classic, as was the J. Keith slaughter of the
Gauntlet of Villains in Whew!.
Jason: J Keith was amazing.
Mike: Even though J. Keith didn't wait for the full question to be read, per the
rules... Randy would not be impressed :-P
Jason: May he rest in peace.
Chico: Yep. He was the only person to clear the Gauntlet.
Mike: I was shocked Steve Leblang couldn't defend his title. Nice guy, BTW.
Gordon: Steve Vs. Super Millionaire $100,000 Winner Wayne Forrester was an
Jason: Travis Schario did an amazing job with all his computer programming.
Gordon: Travis did a great job.
Chico: Yep. He deserves his props, man.
Jason: And all the teams were great.
Gordon: Another classic moment - Maddie Suchard, an 11 year old (and the
youngest of the competitors) being the only person to match everyone on Match
Jason: That was a great feat.
Chico: I believe you made a quote about that, Jay.
Jason: "I have seen the future of game show fandom, and her name is Maddie
Suchard." I stand by that. She earned a lot of people's respect.
Chico: She did. I think she's going to be a force to be reckoned with on J! in
Gordon: Then, there were the sillier moments - like this tidbit from Match
Game.... "Joe - Show me your rake. Gordon - Would you rather see my Hoe?"
Mike: *rim shot*
Jason: It was not easy to be a celebrity. But it was a blast to do.
Mike: At least you didn't wear the pearls.
Gordon: The 4 teams that made the play-offs, by the way, was the Gauntlet (David
Whitley, David Schnell, Steve McClelland and John Corbet), Flexors Policus
Citius (Jeff Suchard, Julie Suchard, Tim Hsieh, Dave Legler), The Chairman's
Noble Army (Chico, Mike, Jason Hernandez, Ryan Vickers), and the Parking Spaces
(Tim Connolly, Josh Guers, Paul Paquet, and Rob Royko).
Chico: Ah, the team named after a running gag.
Mike: It wouldn't be a running gag if it was parked. Our team missed out on the
finals by a stinkin' Countdown conundrum...
Chico: Damn you, Richard Whiteley. :-)
Jason: Countdown...a great game.
Chico: How the hell was I supposed to know "Dismantle"?
Mike: We've only called Fremantle "Dismantle" for 2 or 3 years.
Chico: And for those who were not playing the tourney, you have the viewings of
rare eps, and in the other room, we have Bill Schantz' Jeopardy! simulator.
Mike: Schantz' J! simulator rocks. And I won my J! game in a runaway, which
Jason: Hey Chico...who won your game? :P
Chico: Yeah, Mike. You weren't up against Maddie or Burns Cameron.
Mike: With all respect to both of them, I could've smoked 'em. :-P
Chico: None of us got our Final Jeopardy! round right. I think Maddie was
closest with "What is [insert correct answer here]?"
Chico: Of course, she won.
Mike: One thing I'll remember is how the number 69 kept popping up. Ryan
Vickers' final score in Jeopardy! was $69, as was another person's J! score.
When I played the Game Show Round, we lost 69-0. *grumble* Damn whammy.
Chico: Har har har. =p
Gordon: Teams that didn't make the playoffs included both teams that made the
finals last year - The Whammies (Travis Schario, Ben Ziek, Dave Pfeffer and Matt
Martin) and the defending champion Veteran Game Show team (including original
members Jason Block and James Dinan), as they got knocked out of the playoffs on
the last game =(
Chico: Ow. So two champion teams were knocked out. Wow, it's like Extreme
Dodgeball all over again.
Paul: Something to consider would be to get Bill Schantz's Jeopardy simulator
into the mix for next year, along with his game "buzzer battle"
Mike: I think a weekend-long Jeopardy! tourney might be interesting. I'm sure
you'd have no problem getting 27 participants, and then playing 13 games, or
however you'd want to set it up.
Gordon: In the finals, The Gauntlet wins their first title, as they defeated the
Flexors in a well-played match.
Chico: Also should be noted that "Friends of Matt Martin" won the all-star game.
That would be Matt, Ryan, myself and Paul. Wait, Paul, Ryan, Matt and me... we
should've named ourselves Born American Canadians.
Gordon: Then there was the media challenge match, between Me, Joe, Travis and
Ben Vs. Lori Bailey, Wayne Forrester and 2 others, which was also well-played -
by one team. We won - 175-5. That is NOT a typo.
Chico: That was a disaster =p
Jason: That was a butt whipping.
Gordon: That was...quite enjoyable =)
Chico: I bet.
Gordon: I have now been on the winning teams of two of the biggest routs in Game
Show Round history at the GSC.
Mike: In the final game of the night, my team (yours truly, Jason Hernandez,
Jason Block, and Mitchell) had a 100+ point lead over a team with the esteemed
Paul Bailey and Jerome Vered...
Jason: Although Mike Burger did something really naughty to me and Mr. Klauss.
Mike: ...and then Mitchell hit a whammy.
Gordon: Poor Mitchell. Thats the first time that I have ever seen anyone hit a
Whammy on the Game Show Round. Then there was Mike Burger and his silliness.
Chico: What did Burger do again?
Mike: The gag Winner's Circle.
Gordon: There was a gag winner's circle with subjects such as 'Things Found on
Neptune', 'Words that Sound Like 4' 'Presidents named Buchanan', 'Mediocre Foods
and '7 Digit Prime Numbers'.
Chico: I guess I would've gotten the razz on Neptonians.
Mike: Jason, on Buchanan: "James......James.........James...."
Jason: I was really trying. And then I got the gag. And I hit Mike. :P
Mike: You did. Too bad there wasn't a Shecky Buchanan in the White House.
Chico: At least there wasn't a Pat Buchanan in the White House.
Mike: I got the gag once we got to Things Found on Neptune.
Chico: Aliens! Luggature!
Mike: I loved Jason's clues--Io, The Great somethingerother, The Sea of
whatever... And I named every planet except Earth and Neptune.
Jason: The Great Eye..
Mike: Yes, The Great Eye
Chico: Some ring... thing.
Gordon: A great time was had by all, as we played it until midnight.
Jason: And then got ready for our big broadcast.
Chico: Yep, which, for a dry run, went off without a hitch. BTW that time I
played "Ohio" by Bowling for Soup, Mike? That was for you =p
Jason: Love that track.
Mike: I missed that.
Chico: One of the rotate tracks was "Ohio".
Gordon: What I was surprised about was the number of people who weren't regulars
who decided to come up and talk at the table. I knew Jason Hernandez and Mike
Klauss were going to get up there. I was thrilled that people like Tom Gauer,
Matt Martin, Ben Ziek and Bill Schantz went up and talked too. Also in
attendance was David Legler and Fox Reality's Bob Boden, amongst others.
Chico: I really loved Roleplay. That was classic.
Mike: Ron Greenberg was there too. We talked about Lin Bolen after WLTI.
Jason: She who must not be named.
Chico: Lin Voldemort =p We had Tom Gauer's reflection of "I've Got a Secret with
the all-gay panel" "GSN's gonna be the network for gays. We're going to have Gay
I've Got a Secret, Gay Scrabble, Gay Lingo..." I was rolling.
Mike: GSN: They put the "gay" in games.
Chico: And then there was Ben's impersonation of Shandi after I asked if we
could fit her with an off switch.
Jason: That was nuts.
Chico: The answer, by the way.... we could, but she runs on reserve power.
Mike: 38 for a Lingo!
Chico: I could say something to that... but I'm not going to.
Gordon: We had some priceless moments, which will be taped and hopefully put on
the site next year.
Gordon: I am on the phone with Jason Hernandez, who says hi.
Chico: Hi, Jason.
Jason: Hi Jason.
Mike: Hey Jason! Thanks for letting me crash on a couch for a week.
Gordon: Jason wants to say something on GSC. Jason had a blast, he wishes that
we were back in L.A. He thanks Paul for setting up the event and he has
greetings for everyone. He also says that it was great meeting Chico for the
first time, and that the whole idea of GSC is to not only go to the event, but
to meet people and hang out with them and spend as much time as possible with
them. He can't wait until next year, and he invites everyone to come, enjoy the
madness, and walk out of there with a profit in their pants.
Mike: I say we print up an "I survived being in line at TPiR for 15 hours with
the game show goons" t-shirt for Jason. Profit in their pants? That has nothing
to do with a chasco, I hope.
Chico: Speaking of which, Another one of the highlights was the Legends
Luncheon. Aside from a great risotto, we were served with three greats. Although
I have to say that "Bingo at Home" is probably one of the most boring concepts
ever devised for television.
Mike: And a heaping helping of Shelley Berman.
Gordon: Shelly Berman and his anecdotes was worth the price of admission.
Paul: And we checked the video on Berman - the sound is good, and perhaps even
funnier the 2nd time.
Chico: Meanwhile, a hearty congrats to the three honorees, Monty Hall, Tom
Kennedy, and Jack Narz, who were thrilled to have their pictures taken with guys
like us... which is more than what I can say for Elayne Boosler, who hightailed
it out the back once the awards on Saturday were done.
Gordon: She had to get back to her Balderdash tapin....uh....hmm. After the
Luncheon, we all split up and went our merry ways - until the TPIR taping on
Monday. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that we all populated the first 2
rows - and there may have been someone called up from there...=). One last
question - what was your favorite part of the GSC week that
we didn't touch on?
Chico: Just meeting everyone.
Mike: That's like picking your favorite child. This entire week was full of
moments I will remember for a very long time.
Jason: Yodeling on Jurassic Park the Ride.
Gordon: We sang/yodelled the Cliffhangers Theme while riding up the ride - what
was great is that the people on the ride knew what we were doing and sang in
Chico: I mean, you guys are a cool bunch, and I'd hang out with youse again in a
Jason: Much Obliged.
Mike: Cool. Let's fly down to North Carolina and spend a week at Chico's place!
Gordon: My favorite part that we didn't touch on was the Casino. Playing
Blackjack and banking with Ed Toutant on Thursday was a blast - and then banking
again with Chico and making over $150 with him was sweet.
Chico: I made my parking money back =p And I made it out of RDU without getting
my kneecaps hammered in.
Gordon: From what you were telling me, Chico, you left L.A. with more money than
you came in with, right?
Chico: $40 more. Which I spent on dinner that night. Thanks, Gordon.
Gordon: No prob =) Chico made around $200 and change on the casinos. I picked up
$310. Next year, Chico and I will play the Pepper System again and make MORE
money =) BWA HA HA HA HA.
Mike: <Charlie Brown> I got a rock.
Jason: So did I. I lost rocks.
Gordon: You guys didn't play with us. Anyways, to finish this up, when we came
back and posted pictures, etc., A bunch of people on Live Journal saw how cool
it was and they want to come next year. Well, start saving up for it. GSC5 will
be next year in lovely Burbank California. If you thought this year was great,
next year will be even better and we're already working on it. At GSC 5, we'll
have more 'stuff', trips to game shows, activities, GSC tournaments, and MORE!
Mike: 51 weeks and counting. That's more than enough time to save up some coin.
Gordon: $20 a week. $1,000 and change.
Mike: $1000+, and only $850 of that will be spent at casinos by Gordon. :-)
Gordon: And I'll make you a lot more than $850. The registration isn't up yet,
but you will be kicking yourself if you miss this one. You have been warned.
Chico: On that, it's time to break while we save up for GSC5 (I'm sure Steve'll
be around for that). When we return, a lot happened over the last two weeks, and
we'll go through a great deal of it in Brainvision News and We the Jury. Stick
around, this is the thing and we're the guys.
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