I stumbled across the special Price Is Right show tonight – legendary Bob Barker’s last show. I used to watch it as a kid, and it amazes me that he is still shuffling around that stage giving people cheesy luggage and the occasional Chevy.
I can remember countless days home from school, sick or otherwise, when I’d excitedly watch him give away RVs, upright record players, and bad paintings. Of course, each item was shown by his moderately attractive “babes” running their hands across the product in the most unlikely ways. Come on – will I ever really stroke that cordless phone with the back of my hand? Even if it’s super fancy?
“Spinning the wheel” was perhaps the most fun because of the opportunity for what my young eyes took to be a fortune. What would I do with ten thousand dollars, I’d think – islands, homes, boats – dear Lord, where would I begin?
Well anyway, fast forward a couple of decades… I was surprised how little the show has changed. Barker said in an interview in USA Today over the weekend that he’s encouraged them to stick to their original formula after he leaves. Well, they sure have kept the recipe in place over the years. Tonight, the bidding included chip dip and a wrench set, and they gave away an Explorer.
And the producers continued their longstanding tradition of pulling the pleasingly nutty ones from the audience. People are so funny – such scenes – especially those who don’t intend to be.
Bob sure seemed cooler when I was 8, but you gotta respect a guy who can make it 50 years in American television and still have a demeanor like a dessert topping.