Monday, March 13, 2006

Peter Tomarken, 1942-2006

Sometimes when you press your luck, life throws you a Whammy.

Sad news from Cali: "TV game show host Peter Tomarken and his wife, Katherine, were killed Monday when their small plane crashed into the ocean off the coast of Los Angeles."

I liked this Tomarken fella. I liked him because he was better than those maroonishly brown, cape-wearing, obnoxious critter thieves.

He was morally, socially, emotionally, economically and spiritually superior to them. So it's with great sorrow and a fistful of dollars, I bid thee goodnight and wish ye a pleasant Press Your Luck reunion with the always colorful Rod Roddy.

Related note: If you've never seen the amazing, true story of Michael Larson's Press Your Luck run in 1984, please do us all a favor and read all about how an unemployed ice cream truck driver from Lebanon, Ohio simply Rain Manned his way to $110,237 in cash and prizes. For more, click here, here, sign here, initial here...aaand click here.

Programming update: "GSN will salute Tomarken with two special tributes, starting tomorrow night (3/14) with the re-broadcast of the documentary Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal at 10 PM/9 PM Central. The network will follow with a day-long Press Your Luck tribute Sunday, March 19 from 9 AM to 6 PM ET."

Speaking for Aaaaace Cowboy, this has been a Mark Goodson teleblog production. Stay tuned, an all-new Classic Concentration is next.


At 10:14 AM, Blogger Joey said...

That's horrible. And I mean that. "Press Your Luck" was my joint.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

was this his own plane, and if so i need to read more about this scandal and then go into the tv biz

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Interesting point, Anon. We were just discussing this -- did this guy make enough money to buy his own plane? I never thought TV Game Show host would pay that kind of scratch, but then again, the shows been in syndicated re-runs for a long time, maybe he just keeps getting paychecks and making wise investments.

I would love to be a game show host, always have dreamed of that life.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger MDS said...

I think you guys are overestimating how expensive a private jet is. According to this the plane he was flying was a Beech A36. According to this you can buy a Beech A36 for $189,000. You don't exactly have to be made of money to get approved for a $189,000 loan.

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

But that's $190K for a plane that was new 26 years ago...well, I guess maybe that's why he went down yesterday.

Good research, though.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger ScuffyMcgee said...

I liked it when people would put paper bags over there whammies faces as if they were Jets fans. Nothing beat the dramatic end of game contestant split screen.

Celebrities in private planes seem to have a pretty good success rate. Ritchie Valenz, Buddy Holly, Roberto Clemente, Thurman Munson, Aaliyah, JFK JR, Dick Ebersol...I mean Travolta can't be laying more than 2 to 1 in a death pool.


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