It looks like Bob Barker is stepping down. In a recent post, I wrote the following:
There are many things to remember about Bob Barker and his pricing games. One seemingly small aspect is the number of military personnel who wear their dress uniforms to the studio. If they are called to "come on down" to contestant's row, Bob will note their rank, branch of service, and how many years the enlisted have served based on the hash marks on their sleeves.I do not believe it is possible to overstate the importance of what Bob Barker, also a veteran, did. As a reservist in the late 1980s, I heard stories from Vietnam vets. It was not so much that they were spat upon in uniform, but that they took the first opportunity upon arriving home at the San Francisco airport to change into their civilian clothes. What was related to me is that someone would take the returning heroes aside and tell them not to walk through the terminal in uniform. This was a time when Bob Barker stood alone in saluting the troops.
In this era of "I support the troops," it is important to remember that servicemen were not always applauded as they walked through airports. In the 1970s at a soundstage in Hollywood, Bob Barker made it cool for the troops to wear their dress uniforms. Ding, ding, ding. Bob is a winner.
Later, when the show expanded to one hour, the contestants would spin the big wheel to determine who made it to the showcase. For some contestants, it was questionable whether the wheel would make the requisite full revolution. But the uniformed military would always make the big wheel sound like baseball cards in the spokes of a bicycle.
Please tell all your friends to thank Bob Barker for his service.
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