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Honoring:  Mr. Bob Barker

Originally Posted: April 15, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

This very popular and respected game show host, was born on December 12, 1923. Although he was born in Darrington, Washington, he grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother taught the community children.

Bob Barker has been in the television industry for many years now. He was discovered by Ralph Edwards who had heard his voice on a Los Angeles radio show. Mr. Edwards recruited Bob Barker and it was the popular game show, Truth Or Consequences, that was the setting point for Bob Barker?s career.

At the young age of 83 and after 35 years of hosting The Price I Right, Bob Barker does intend to retire. On October of 2006, Bob Barker announced his retirement plans, and he is expected to walk away from the stage in June 2007.

Bob Barker, now a widower since October 19, 1981, has never remarried. He and his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon were high school sweethearts. They married in 1945, and she had been very much involved with his passion for animals. In 1995, Bob established the DJ & T foundation, which can be said was created as a tribute to his wife Dorothy Jo and his mother, Matilda ?Tillie? Kent Tarleton Baker.

Mr. Barker has a love for animals so deep that he encouraged the Price is Right to remove the fur coat prizes from the show. His foundation?s goal is to help fund cost for spaying and neutering of animals, which allows people that live on a budget, the ability to have a loving pet companion in their lives and the responsibilities more affordable .

Mr. Barker has many accomplishments in his life. He holds a black belt for martial arts, he has won seventeen Emmy awards (13 as TV host), in March of 1998 CBS had re-dedicated Stage 33 to Bob, he is also mentioned twice in the Guinness Book of World Records, not to mention many other grande achievements. The one thing that many people do not realize is that he did give the aging process respect and dignity. In 1987, Mr. Barker shocked his audience with gray hair, establishing respect for natural aging . Although this might not be considered a major accomplishment, it was a movement and inspiration that other TV host supported him on.

May Bob enjoy the years he has left on this earth, and may his choice to retire provide him with as much happiness as he had given so many others. Thank you for the years Bob.

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