Filed by Steve Barrett
My aunt just got booed on national television.
Aunt Joan, my father’s sister-in-law, made it to contestants' row on "The Price Is Right." Then, miracle of miracles, she made it up on stage with the king of game shows, Bob Barker.
With Uncle David and cousins Kenny and Becky cheering deliriously from front row, Joan and another uncle — Uncle Sam — won $10,000.
Not a bad take for less than five minutes of work.
Then it really got fun.
At mid-show, contestants spin the big wheel for a chance to get into the Showcase Showdown. Having won the most of the three contestants in the first half of the show, Joan got to spin last. After the second spinner self-destructed, Joan was left to catapult past the 80 cents that the first spinner got.
She spun — and the wheel didn’t go all the way around.
Longtime viewers will realize the implications of that. The studio audience, echoed by millions of at-home viewers, booed. Savagely.
Then things got even more interesting. My slight-of-build aunt spun again.
Again, the wheel did not make a full rotation. Again, the audience booed without mercy.
I used to watch "The Price Is Right" regularly during summer vacation. In all those years, I never recall anybody failing to get the wheel around on two consecutive attempts — let alone Bob Barker having to help out. But help her he did and the wheel at last did a 360 — stopping on 10 cents. He pitched in again and team Barker-Barrett got 5 cents more.
That came to a whopping 15 cents, a tad short of the 80-cent threshold. No doubt she cried all the way to the bank to cash her $10,000 check.
Strike a blow for that Barrett family pride, Joan!
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