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Book Review

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 11:01 AM

Bob Barker's 'Priceless Memories' is a highly recommended read

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"Priceless Memories"

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

Bob Barker is a lucky guy. Things went well for him as he says, and he is very grateful.

From growing up on a Native Indian reservation in South Dakota to receiving an honorary doctorate from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, he connected with people his whole life.

After meeting his wife, Dorothy Jo, at college, they headed for Hollywood, pursuing his dream of being an "aduience participation host." Barker shares his stories about his first lucky break onto the show called Truth or Consequences. He worked there 18 years. Barker would ask contestants a dumb question and when they didn't know the answer, he would give them their consequence/pratical joke. He said the real joy of the show was to watch people reveal themselves and to watch the excitement and humor unfold.

Barker was asked to do The New Price is Right in 1972. It was an immediate success. The excitement and the fast-moving nature of the show made it the longest running game show in television history. They started out with six games in which contestants had to guess the prices. At the end, there were 80 different games. Barker was the host of this show for 35 years until he retired in 2007.

His book also covers his support of animal rights. His personal passion for helping animals was in the forefront of his mind. He adopted and rescued many cats, dogs and rabbits. He was an advocate on behalf of animals and worked on legislation to control the pet population. He reminded everyone at the end of each show to have your pets spayed or neutered.

"Priceless Memories" gives you an insight into his personal life filled with humorous anecdotes about himself, the contestants, friends, family and celebrities who have made his life an interesting story.

I would recommend this book as I have believed that Barker led a great life.

OVERALL RATING: A

256 pages / Publisher: Center Street / April 6, 2009 / Language: English / Biographies & Memoirs

 

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