Saturday, August 13, 2016

The ornery contestant

Yesterday I posted about a well-prepared contestant. Today I'll post about a crotchety contestant. Except he wasn't actually a contestant. And it all happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. (There I go with the Star Wars stuff again. And I don't even like the movies.)

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.

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