|From 1980...||...to today|
1. Before making your appearances on game shows, what was life like? What was your occupation and what-not?
I was a student at Cal State Northridge working on my teaching credentials. I lived at home with my parents to save money. I was about to start my student teaching with students who had moderate to severe disabilities.
2. What did you have to do throughout the tryouts for Face the Music?
We played mock games (all the games on the show).
3. How long did you have to wait before you were notified you could be on, and what was your reaction?
I donít remember waiting a long time. I was so excited and wanted to do better than I had on Double Dare. Since I knew my music, I was confident. The taping was so great. They took us to a lovely brunch in Westwood at a restaurant called Aliceís Restaurant. They wanted to have us for the whole day without coming into contact with anyone from the show. During taping, they even took us to the bathroom in groups.
4. What was Ron Ely like? Did you ever get to talk to him off-camera?
WHAT A DOLL!! So handsome and very, very nice. He was always happy for me when I won. When I was really winning, and winning double and triple prizes of the same thing (washer/dryers) we had a good laugh while they were being announced. No contact off camera since he was either being de-briefed or makeup touch-up. The contestant coordinators would always come to us during breaks, giving us water, etc.
5. Did you get a chance to talk to singer Lisa Donavan, or the late conductor Tommy Oliver?
No, never got to talk to them. We were kept very separate from the cast and crew.
7. Your final opponent was Cindy, as I recall. Did you two get to speak at anytime after the show?
I donít remember talking to her.
8. Did you take your trip around the world? And, what's happened to the car you won on your 5th win?
That is an interesting story. The trip was actually plane tickets to 4 locations around the world with hotel stays in each city. That was all. So, the game show production felt bad about that so they let me choose any trip I wanted with a travel agency (Ask Mr. Foster). I chose an incredible trip to Israel and Egypt. Since that was a tour that really hadnít been done before because of the relations between the 2 countries, I jumped on it.
The car lasted quite a few years...I got a stick and had to learn to drive it. I got a personalized plate that said EYE 1 IT (I tried to get a more regular spelling but many had already been taken).
11. Have you tried out for any other game shows?
I sent in a tape for the Amazing Race and also tried out for 1 vs. 100.
12. What would you recommend for people who are trying out for game shows today?
Well, I would say, be yourself with a little extra..but itís so hard to know what production companies want....But my philosophy has always been Iím going to leave with more than I came in with...and itís fun. I felt grateful because I know people all over the country would kill to even try out.
The only Face the Music clip on YouTube that led me to Sarabeth is actually in my rulesheets. She has her own YouTube account, marked sarabeth721.
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