John & Marilyn B's Blog Post
Our adventure with Wheel for Fortune started with a dream. Last year my husband took me to Disney World for our 40th wedding anniversary and we had such a magically wonderful experience. I watched all the families with their children and grandchildren and dreamed of the day we could return with all of ours. I came home to go over the budget and realized it would require some serious planning.
While watching our local news channel, WDAF TV Fox 4, I saw that the Wheelmobile was coming to our area to recruit. Having watched Wheel of Fortune for 30 years and loving to play along, felt this was an opportunity to achieve our dream while doing something we love, playing a game. I recruited my husband, son and daughter-in-law to tag along and off we went for a fun adventure. After filling out a brief information form, our names then went in a barrel for a random drawing. Yes, my name was drawn and I ran to the stage, knowing that this could be a sign of things to come. I solved the puzzle, won some Wheel of Fortune goodies and left with a good feeling that things might just be falling into place. With summer now turning into fall, we were losing hope to hear from them. One night upon opening my e-mails, I see one titled Wheel of Fortune and tears of joy sprang to my eyes. I was called back for a final audition. The e-mail mentioned they were looking for couples in our area and if we felt that our significant other would be a good contestant, bring them along to the audition, as well. Knowing that we play every night together and most nights win, seemed to be the perfect scenario for us. We are definitely a together kind of couple.
At the audition, we seemed to be on fire at solving the puzzles. Having a love of playing the game made it much easier for us. The contestant recruiters were very helpful, giving you advice to help you in this part of the process. While standing in front of them, sharing about ourselves, we told our story and it was then that I realized the depth in which we wanted this, my lips quivered and I felt I wanted to cry. They could clearly see the passion we had for this dream. Being told we would hear within two weeks seemed like an eternity but we left feeling hopeful that dreams can come true and prayed we would be contacted.
It only took three days to hear and elated is an understatement. Seeing that we were going to be on the week titled “Disney Cruise Lines” now led us to believe this was a sign of great things to come.
We made the trip to L.A. with a friend, Rebecca, our daughter-in-law Melanie and two grandsons. They would be in the audience. We had an enjoyable evening the night before the show, but just before parting for the night our grandson upped the ante on our show. He asked us to please get him on TV. There is only one way for that to happen. We had to win.
Upon arriving at the studio, it was like a dream. The contestant recruiters were busy explaining all the rules, prepping and encouraging you to be a winning contestant and the hair and make-up team busy working to make you camera ready. How could you not feel like a television star? Upon meeting the other contestants, you realize that you all have something in common. You love Wheel of Fortune and playing the game at home, in the comfort of an easy chair. But this is not easy. Nerves are at an all-time high and waiting in anticipation of your turn seems like a lifetime. The game chosen for us was game number 5 and even though we were hoping to be earlier in the day but we certainly got our fair share at solving many puzzles from other tapings. Before we know it, our turn has arrived and well, all we can say is, “it’s show time”!