1972 saw a lot of events “American Pie” by Don McLean was the most popular song at the time, Richard Nixon was president, and his administration was seeking to cover up its role in the Watergate Scandal.
At the same time as the Price is Right was airing, Bob Barker, the show’s presenter, was giving away brand-new cars, which at the time had a value of under $4000. NASA’s Space Shuttle programme had also just begun.
A well-known personality and entertainment icon, Bob Barker is closely associated with The Price is Right. He served as the show’s host for 35 years.Additionally, Barker is celebrating his 100th birthday this year.
Barker, a member of the Sioux Tribe who was raised on an Indian reservation in South Dakota, met Dorothy Jo Gideon there. He married Gideon, his high school sweetheart, in 1945 when he was on leave from the United States Navy Reserve, where he trained as a fighter pilot during World War II. He never served in the military in an active capacity, but he did return to school and complete an economics degree.
Barker, who is now 99, was hosting a radio show in Los Angeles when game show producer Ralph Edwards was looking for a new host for Truth or Consequences, the first game show to debut on television. Barker’s fame was expanding as he presided over the wildly popular programme from 1956 to 1975,
Then it happened. In 1972, he made an appearance on The Price is Right’s set, which propelled both him and the show to fame.
As executive producer of The Price is Right, the longest-running game show in history, Barker took over in 1988. Four Emmys for his services as executive producer and 14 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host went to Barker.
In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation in 2008, Barker referred to his late wife as having “given me the confidence to even try to do what I set out to do.” She didn’t just encourage me; she actively helped me while I worked.
Gideon, 57, passed away from lung cancer in 1981, leaving behind her husband of 36 years.
“I never had any desire to get married again. I was married to her. Added Barker.
But he also managed to find Nancy Burnet, who has been with Barker for 40 years, a new partner. Nancy believes that one of the main elements in Barker’s long-term good health is his sparing usage of prescription drugs.
Burnet, aged 79, said something unexpected in an interview with Fox News Digital soon before his 99th birthday in December: He will soon be 99 years old, and the only prescription drug he takes is for his thyroid. Furthermore, everyone who sees him or works in the medical field will say, “Well, we’d like a list of his medications.” I’ll just say let me show you the bottle. Now I’m done. He therefore doesn’t take any medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol, or any of the many other ailments that most people develop as they age,” said Burnet, mocking his one prescription:
He still has a terrific sense of humour, and his health is excellent for his age. He has lived an extremely fortunate life.
But things weren’t always that way. After seeing what he described as clumsiness in his hand, Barker underwent surgery in 1999 to unblock a partially blocked artery and reduce his risk of stroke. He underwent prostate surgery a few months after having a stroke in 2002. Although he likes the sun, he has experienced a few mild cases of skin cancer, numerous falls that led to additional hospital visits, and significant back problems.
After relinquishing his position as host of The Price is Right, which is now hosted by comedian Drew Carey, he made a few guest appearances, most notably in 2013 on his 90th birthday.
He never got bored working on the show, according to Burnet. I don’t know if I could perform the same show every day. He never got tired of it, though. So perhaps he was always willing to do it and was delighted to do it, which is why it was so successful.
Barker echoed this remark on Good Morning America in 2007.
“I really don’t feel ready to let go of it. I want to leave them wanting more, therefore I believe it’s a good moment to say goodbye.
He was able to witness Vanna White compete on Price is Right before she rose to fame for her role on Wheel of Fortune, and he also witnessed female competitors lose their shirts after winning.
The best thing about the programme, though, was that it gave Barker a platform to spread awareness about animal welfare.
With his show-ending catchphrase, “This is Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population,” Barker is also well recognised as an animal rights activist. Have your animals fixed or spayed.