Bob Barker Says Goodbye; Steve Wilson May Face Felony Charges
I mean, this is a guy I remember watching when I was home sick from school, smoothly guiding overexcited housewives through pricing games with an ease that only comes from decades of doing what you know you do best.
I probably should have tried to write something about his retirement for the newspaper, but the fact is, I feel like I did the perfect Bob Barker story back 2003, when the man turned 80 and was feted with prime time specials and all kinds of tributes. It must have been a decent take, because the Mack Daddy himself sent me a handwritten thank you note -- one of only a handful of times that a celebrity has actually contacted me about something I wrote on them.
The final episode playing as I write this will be rebroadcast at 8 tonight leading into the Daytime Emmy awards, which were taped earlier today. A Tampa firm, Spectrum Productions, was honored during that ceremony with a award for Outstanding Children's Special for Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue, starring Elijah Wood.
True to form, Bob didn't really spend any time talking about his history on the final show -- just a couple of lines thanking the fans. Phil Barrett from Tampa turned out to be the first person in line to get on the show -- he waited in line about 100 hours to earn that honor -- and the last contestant ever on the show (unfortunately, he lost both his first contest and the final showcase showdown; his only prize -- a $7check he plans to frame).
See you later, Bob. Thanks for all the memories. I'll be sure to spay and neuter all my pets.
California Police Recommend Prosecution for Steve Wilson
Regular blog readers will reconize the name of Steve Wilson, a former part-tme investigative reporter for WTVT-Ch. 13 in Tampa who sued the station after it sought to substantially change an investigative series he and his wife assembled.
Wilson made another local splash when he claimed during testimony at an FCC hearing in April that a local station was letting its promotions department choose which stories to pursue as investigations. Now, the Detroit News is reporting that California police want him prosecuted for impersonating Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to obtain hotel records.
According to the story: "employees at the luxury La Costa Hotel and Spa said a person identifying himself as Kilpatrick contacted them on May 7 and requested copies of Kilpatrick's hotel bill and of a check used to pay for a visit there last August.
Wilson used the faxed hotel bill and copy of a check as the basis for a series of news reports starting May 8 that outlined how the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a nonprofit created by the mayor in 1999, paid the resort $8,605.03 for two rooms from Aug 12-19 used by Kilpatrick, his wife and sons while the mayor, according to fund officials, was there fundraising for the group."
Wilson has denied any wrongdoing.
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