Saturday, February 3, 2007

228 - No Whammy!

Michael Larsen

1. Michael Larsen
In 1984 a part-time ice cream truck driver was a contestant on the popular game show, Press Your Luck.

Press Your Luck

2. Press Your Luck
Prior to his appearance, Michal Larsen had spent weeks studying tapes of the show in order to memorize the patterns of lights that moved across the prize board.


3. Simon
By playing what essentially amounted to an elaborate game of Simon, Larsen eventually won over $100,000 dollars in his only game show appearance.


4. Aftermath
Sadly, Larsen managed to lose most of his winnings in various get rich quick schemes before his last $40,000, which he kept in stacks of one dollar bills, was stolen from his home.


5. Hollywood
This story was the perfect setup for a movie and in the early 2000's, writer and director, Howard Franklin, had Bill Murray attached to star. Apparently the project never came out of development. in 2003, a documentary about Michael Larsen's life and his incredible run on Press Your Luck aired on the Game Show Network.



Anonymous said...

my sunday ends in 5 hours (bedtime.)
please to make my day with an update...
(pretend i put some kind of 'hangdog look' emoticon at the end of that last sentence instead of an elipse.)

Christopher said...

I give and give and give. All you do it take.

Anonymous said...

i gave you that hangdog emoticon idea.
that's yours.
also, i've proofread your latest post and found your fundamental to be 'fundumental'.
you're welcome.

Christopher said...

These proofreading sessions don't really need to be public knowledge.

What am I going to do with this emoticon? I am not a 12 year old girl, I don't even have a myspace account.

Anonymous said...

proofreading is everyone's business!
also, can't you control the flow of comments to exclude those dealing specifically with your typos?
as for the emoticon...maybe you should get a myspace page.
and then sue everyone who uses your emoticon after it catches on.

a witt said...

I thought the "Bill Merray" spelling was more egregious.

The good news is, though, is that you are at the very top of the Google search list for a Bill Merray search! Neat. I'm not even at the top of the search for my own name.


Christopher said...

I completely lack the ability to proof read my own writing. The problem might be something psychological. Maybe something akin to dyslexia. It also might be laziness. I'm not really sure. Your help is appreciated; just don't make me feel stupid about it.