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Pat Sajak and Vanna White
Host and Hostess
Sajak and Vanna White, in the TV landscape today, are like the toothbrush
and floss. Together, they get the job done completely. Pat
without Vanna wouldn't be the same, as Vanna without Pat is not the same,
However, it is interesting to note that for a year, Pat
Sajak was hosting right along side the original hostess, Susan
Stafford. It wasn't until the following December that Vanna became
the hostess. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Sajak had an interesting career before discovering the Wheel.
Not to say that his career during Wheel of Fortune is not
interesting, though. From 1968 to 1972, he was a disc jockey for the
Armed Forces Radio Network during the Vietnam War. During the 1970's
and 1980's, he was a local weatherman for KNBC in Los Angeles. In
1981, he became the host of Wheel of Fortune. In the early
1990's, besides hosting Wheel, Pat also hosted a late-night talk
show. This, unfortunately, however, flopped.
White actually was once a contestant on The Price is Right!
In 1980, Johnny Olson said, "Vanna White, come on down!"
She didn't make it out of contestants' row, though. By 1987, a
phenomenon known as "Vannamania" swept the country, as Vanna
appeared on Newsweek, starred in the made-for-TV movie Goddess
of Love, and wrote Vanna Speaks, her autobiography, which was a
best-seller. In 1994, she appeared in Naked Gun 33½ - The Final
Insult as herself. Furthermore, she was recognized in 1992 as
the world's most frequent clapper. She claps her hands more than
140,000 times a season. That averages 720 claps per episode.
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