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In front of the camera, he has been invited into the homes of millions of Americans as host of The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences, Miss
Beyond his public persona, he will open up about his personal life. From being raised on a Native American reservation by a single mother through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, to training as a pilot in the Navy during World War II, through his romance with the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo, and his success at retirement.
His support of animal rights has always been a central part of his life. Bob delves into stories of how he has taken on
For the innumerable fans who have welcomed Bob into their homes over the last fifty years, this book will be like catching up with a dear and familiar friend who continues to lead a full and endlessly interesting life.
about another very smooth star, who was also great at comedy, and that was Cesar Romero. We had him on as a guest on Truth or Consequences, and he loved comedy, especially slapstick. Here was this suave, well-dressed Latin lover type, but he was always up for any and all kinds of gags we did. He came on the show, sat around with all of us and talked before rehearsal, and he really seemed to enjoy himself. He always said, “Oh, that’s great, that’s great. Let’s do it.” One time we were going to
named Bo, who looks happy in the picture. My grandmother had a farm in Houston, Missouri, and I was living there with my mother, father, and Bo at the time the picture was shot. When I was six, soon after my father died, a neighbor gave me a puppy. I asked my mother if it would be all right if I named him Barney, which was the nickname many people gave my father. She said, “Yes, I think that Daddy would like that.” So when Mom and I left Missouri for Mission, South Dakota, where she would teach,
Although it is difficult to imagine now, in 1964 the NBC studio in Burbank was literally in the middle of a field. We hated it. We lost all of the foot traffic we had in Hollywood, so there were no walk-ins. And worse yet, you couldn’t play jokes on people walking by—because nobody walked by. If you wanted to come to the show, you had to take the bus or drive to Burbank. Tourists had trouble even finding Burbank. • • • On a happier note, one of the best aspects of Truth or Consequences was
energy fueled the audience, and everyone, including the staff of the show and myself, could feed off the energy and reactions of the crowd. One of the best compliments I ever received as host of the show is related to this energy level. I made the games as exciting as I could. I tried to make Price a daily special event. A frequent comment, coming from different executives at the network or people in the industry, was that the energy level in our studio was the highest they had ever seen. They
accused me of continually complaining about her cooking, spending every free moment on the golf course, and drinking so many martinis that I couldn’t carry on a conversation after eight thirty in the evening. Of course, the audience loved every word of it. The studio rocked with laughter. But, as usual, Dorothy Jo had the last laugh. She looked up at me and sweetly said, “Honey, this lady has you pegged right down the line.” The two interrogators correctly chose Dorothy Jo as Mrs. Bob Barker.