This Week's Contestant
POSTED on Monday, February 25th, 2013
My name is Tammy and I am from Wrightsville, PA. I have loved game shows for as long as I can remember. Wheel of Fortune has always been my favorite, so when I got the e-mail saying the Wheelmobile was going to be in Wilkes-Barre PA, I was very excited. I ran around the house telling everyone that we were going to be taking a trip that weekend. That Saturday morning, my husband Bob, my 17 year old son Colby, my 12 year old daughter Tara and I piled into the van for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Wilkes-Barre.
I know how Wheelmobile events are done, because I went to one before but wasn't called back. It's a random process so to make sure I had as many chances as possible, I reserved a hotel room just in case I wasn't selected the first day. Sadly, I was not selected the first day. So sunburned and tired we got some dinner, went for a swim at the hotel, and relaxed the rest of the night.
First thing the next morning we were right back out there in the sun. Luckily for us, they called my name during the very first show (they called my sons name during the first show, too). We were soooo excited! I solved my puzzle ("Whooping Crane"), got my t-shirt, posed (with my son) in our shirts in front of the Wheelmobile, and drove the 2 1/2 hours home to waitand wait and wait and wait!
When we finally got the e-mail, we had been with my daughter at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and we didn't get the e-mail until the follow up audition was over. I called Wheel of Fortune and they let us go to an audition in Pittsburgh two days later. Thanks again contestant coordinators!! I really appreciated it.
On Thursday, my son Colby and I drove 4 hours to Pittsburgh (the drives are getting longer). We were the first ones there. We auditioned as a team and we did well. On the written test, there was only one word I couldn't solve. I've always been good with words. I'm a great speller; I like all kinds of word games and puzzles. So the written test was very easy for me.
At the Pittsburgh audition, we were told during the intermission that they had not realized Colby was not 18 and he could not continue his audition. The contestant coordinators said they would allow him to come back for a future audition in our area after his birthday.
I felt that I did very well at the Pittsburgh audition. They said if you are selected, you will get in letter in 2 weeks. After 1 week I was watching for the mailman every day. Then it was 10 days, then 12, then 14 and nothing. By then, I was very worried. 15 days nothing (extremely worried). Then on the 16th day, THERE IT WAS! I ran back to the house yelling (my neighbors probably thought I was crazy).
That was in August. In October, my son went to his audition in Atlantic City, New Jersey (another 3 1/2 hour drive). He didn't do as well this time and wasn't selected as a contestant.
Less than a week later, I got an e-mail saying my tape date was November 15th. We were preparing for the longest drive yet, 2,700 miles from Pennsylvania to California. Since Wes had never been to California before, we decided to make a vacation out of it.
This is where my audition story ends and my cross country journey to Wheel of Fortune begins.
Watch me spin on Monday, February 25th!