Remembering TV Icon Bob Barker!

Story by Mitchell Smith

Hello everyone. Robert William Barker was born in 1923 in Darrington, Washington. Barker, who is 1/8th Native American from his fathers side, spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD and was a member of the Sioux tribe. Barker would meet his future wife in high school and was married up until she lost a battle with lung cancer. Barker who trained to be a fighter pilot during WWII, but never had to go into battle was like many other Americans at the time ready to serve his country for the greater cause. Barker moved to California and pursued a career in broadcasting after he graduated Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.

He would have his own radio show and eventually would host the game show Truth or Consequences and in 1972 Barker would host the game show The Price is Right where he would be the host until Drew Carey took over in 2007. For me growing up in the eighties and nineties The Price is Right was the staple show on summer break and those dreaded sick days. Even when I was to sick to even get out of bed there was something soothing about the show and Bob’s mild demeanor.

Still one of the funniest scenes ever is when Bob Barker and Adam Sandler’s character Happy Gilmore get into to a rock em sock em drag it out fight in the movie “Happy Gilmore”. Barker was one of a kind and it’s hard to imagine never having him in the world. He brought so much joy to the world for so many decades. There was a guy in town who owned a hotdog restaurant called Bob Barkers and every year he would drive his classic convertible Lincoln in the Memorial Day parade to kick off summer and hot dog season. The first time I saw him I thought it was the real Bob Barker. I guess I can say I met his doppelgänger. Both Bobs will be missed. Barker will be chiseled into my brain for the rest of my life as one of the greatest TV talents of our time. RIP Mr. Barker and we will remember to get our dogs, spayed or neutered.


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