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I’D LIKE TO BUY A VOWEL!
Did I ever tell you about the time I was on “Wheel of Fortune?” This month, I’m headed to “The Price is Right” in Boise. It won’t be televised, and I think the host is Jerry Springer instead of Bob Barker, but we’re going to have fun, all the same. It got me thinking about the early 2000s and the other big game show experience in my life.
Then I went home and slept for about 12 hours. I wasn’t sure whether they liked me until I got a letter in the mail, saying I’d been chosen to be on the
DR. ELKINS ON STAGE AT WHEEL OF FORTUNE!
show, and they’d give me a call sometime.
Well, “sometime” turned out to be at the end of 2007. The show flew me out to California, and before I knew it, I was onstage with Pat Sajak and Vanna White. (As a funny aside, they have pneumatic lifts behind the podiums to get everybody to about the same height. Pat’s not all that big, but I’m 6’2”, so mine was bottomed out, and his was lifted all the way up!) So, how’d I do? Well, you know the guy who always seems to hit “bankrupt?” Yeah, that was me. I did, however, get a few chances at redemption, and I think I did pretty well, considering how poorly I spun. Altogether, it was some easy money, a lot of fun, and a pretty good story to tell during the holiday season. I hope your holidays are merry and full of family and fun, and I hope Santa brings you a thing or two on your list. My kids are hoping for electrical gadgets, and I wouldn’t mind a stereo for the Corvette, myself! But as long as we spend time with family, none of the other stuff really matters.
MY SISTER ANGELA AND MYSELF WITH VANNA WHITE
It was at the end of 2005, when the Navy had me stationed on the East Coast. I saw an advertisement that said they were having tryouts for “Wheel of Fortune” in Savannah, which was just a short way away. “Be on a game show” had always been on my bucket list, and here was my opportunity! I resolved to go to the audition and try my best. There was just one catch: When the day of the tryout came around, I was sicker than a dog. But, I told myself, this was my only chance — I just had to take it. I sipped on Gatorade the whole way there and arrived at a gymnasium with about a thousand other people. They took my name, and then I waited. They randomly called out names, only picking a couple hundred to have the chance to audition. I was sitting in the back of the gym, on the floor, with my Gatorade, trying to think about something other than how sick I was. Then they called my name. You only get one shot, so despite how ill I felt, I bounced up there with all the energy I could muster and did my best to be animated. I really gave it all I had.
All the best,
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