Saturday, August 13, 2016
The ornery contestant
Back before inflation when Pyramid was still on ten grand in the mid-1970s, a guy named Donnie Johnston tried out for the show. He was a fan of 10K Pyramid and went to watch a taping. Afterwards he got an invite to audition as a contestant.
Sadly, the audition didn't go so well. Donnie explains that the show "wanted only smiley, happy contestants who didn't rock the boat." In fact, that's not true at all. Quite a few Pyramid contestants have been other than smiley, happy types. The real problem was that our grumpy wannabe got into an argument with an assistant producer over a clue about Harvey, the old Jimmy Stewart movie.
Long story short, he never made it to 10K Pyramid. He seems to have nursed a grudge ever since. At least he got an amusing web column out of the experience.