I got home late from work this morning because I finally found a good barber shop here (thanks, Leroy!). Over breakfast, I was watching The Price Is Right, a show I don't get to see much anymore, but I watched WAY too much of when I was a kid. Drew Carey seems to have settled into the host role.
I started thinking about when the show first started in the 1970s:
- It was originally called "The NEW Price Is Right" for a number of years. I think the prior edition dates from before I was born.
- It was originally half an hour long, and there was no Showcase Showdown.
- The showcases were well under $10,000 in value.
- Johnny Olsen was the announcer. It was he who made "A NEW CAR!" his signature line. Eventually, he appeared in many of the showcase skits.
- Every other prize was a grandfather clock, or a fur coat from Zinman Furs of Camden, New Jersey.
- The prices of the cars that were given away all began with 2 as the first digit . . . and there were only four digits.
- Hardly anyone in the audience wore specially made T-shirts. (Is TPIR becoming the next Let's Make A Deal?)
- Bob Barker didn't have gray hair . . . yet.
- Bob Barker hadn't had any affairs with the lovely ladies on the set . . . yet.
- There was a syndicated nighttime version with Dennis James as the host. I think more recently there was another attempt at a weeknight version (no, not Bob Barker's prime-time specials) with another host, but it didn't last long.
- I could swear a mini-submarine was once one of the Showcase prizes, but whoever guessed the price didn't come close to it.
And help control the pet population . . . have your dog or cat spayed or neutered.