“Come on Down!” Bob Barker’s retiring

Today is Bob Barker‘s last day…

For the fans who traveled across the country and slept on the sidewalk outside CBS Television City, this was their day – the day of Bob Barker’s last “Price is Right.”

The silver-haired icon, who has hosted the game show for 35 years, plans to officially begin his retirement Thursday.

Philip Barrett, 24, of Tampa, Fla. had camped outside the studios since Saturday to see Barker tape his last show on Wednesday afternoon.

I grew up watching “The Price is Right“, especially on summer days when I had nothing better to do.   I really loved it when his announcer, the late Rod Roddy yelled “A Brand New Car!!!”  My only wish was to win one of those Pintos, or K-Cars.   My favorite games were Cliff Hanger and, of course, Plinko.  And who didn’t want to make it to the Showcase Showdown so they could spin the money wheel.

I will admit that as I got older, I lost interest in “The Price is Right”.  That is until I heard about sly old Bob and his model, and his excellent cameo in “Happy Gilmore“.

So today I congratulate Bob Barker on his retirement, and as he always used to say “remember to spay and neuter your pets”.  Thanks for the memories.

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