Bob Barker, You’re the Next Contestant on the Name is Right . . .

Before Drew Carey, before Wayne Brady, before Pat Sajak, even before Alex Trebek, there was a game show host who towered above them all—Bob Barker—and not just because he stands over six feet tall. . .but that probably helps in a crowded room.

Bob Barker, special guest host, at WWE Raw. (Dave this one's for you.)

Bob Barker, special guest host, at WWE Raw. (Dave this one’s for you.)

Barker, born in Darrington, Washington, (right next door to Oso, Washington, and the mud slide) on December 13, 1923. He graduated from Drury College (now Drury University) summa cum laude, with a degree in economics.

But before you say “Fannie, Bob Barker does not qualify as a funny name,” let’s play a little Truth or Consequences.

The truth, according to Dictionary.com, “barker: a person who stands before a theater, carnival sideshow, or the like, calling out its attractions to passers-by.” The consequence, a man who ruled the daytime television airwaves as a game show host from 1950 to 2007. He is only the second television personality to have ever hosted a game show longer than anyone else in the business, behind Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes fame.

If that wasn’t enough, he has been named twice by the Guinness Book of World records as television’s “Most Durable Performer,” (3,524 shows), and “Most Generous Host in Television History” (donating more than $55 million in prizes on the various shows he’s hosted).

But he didn’t stop there, he continues to make appearances on screens both large and small—and that donation number has now reached in excess of $200 million.

Who could forget the scene where he beats up Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore? (Since we’re trying to keep a family rating here: language alert, if you choose to watch.)

The man does have a black belt in karate. And he did study under Chuck Norris, yes, that Chuck Norris.

Of course, Bob already received a nod from this venerable institution when esteemed fellow blogger, Mark, mentioned him in his outing about Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, renamed for the show originally hosted by Ralph Edwards. Barker later hosted from 1950 to 1974.

He and Edwards would meet every year—nine days after Barker’s birthday—for lunch at 12:05 p.m. to celebrate the day Edwards informed Barker he became the host of Truth or Consequences. That is until Edwards death in 2005.

So does it really surprise anyone that he should kick butt as a host for a show called The Price is Right?

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Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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20 Responses to Bob Barker, You’re the Next Contestant on the Name is Right . . .

  1. kerbey says:

    On the rare times I stayed home sick from school, I always looked forward to watching him on “The Price Is Right.” I wouldn’t want to watch it with any new hosts. It just feels wrong. I also didn’t know that meaning for “barker.” Better Bob Barker than Bob Porker.

  2. wdydfae says:

    Great stuff! And I didn’t know Sixty Minutes was a game show!

    Oh, wait, sorry. I meant . . .

    . . . Fannie’s certainly not Barking up the wrong tree with this dizzying dash through the varied career of America’s favorite game show host . . .

    • In a world filled with reality TV, how could Sixty Minutes not be a game show? (I figured since Mr. Wallace hosted so many different game shows it was easier to use Sixty Minutes for the humor.)

      P.S. Love that your book blurb algorithm is making a come back. YAY!

      • paralaxvu says:

        I caught that, too. But truly didn’t know Mike Wallace ever hosted a game show. What ones? Truth or Consequences? What’s My Line? Name That Tune? Do You Trust Your Wife? What???!!!

        • Mike Wallace: “The Big Surprise,” “Who’s the Boss,” and “Who Pays”.

          Here’s an episode of “The Big Surprise”:

          He hosted the pilot episode for “To Tell the Truth,” as well. He was later a guest on the show as well.

    • Dave says:

      I had a Peter Tomarken “Press Your Luck” trivia question at our pub trivia game last week and was so thrilled to use my 80’s game show knowledge for productive purposes. 🙂

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  4. ksbeth says:

    have the fondest memory of him in ‘happy’ just snapping )

  5. amb says:

    Fannie! This reminds me of our chat about Glen Close the other day. Another great example of one of those names that everyone knows and no one thinks much about, and then when you say it out loud you realize it is, actually, totally hilarious and awesome. I mean, Bob Barker as a game show host?!?!? Come on! It’s too perfect!

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