Gameshowguy2000 (real name: John Lee) of Garland, TX (a suburb of Dallas), is a frequent editor of the Wheel of Fortune History Wiki. A die-hard game show fanatic who relies on certain websites for his information as well as the Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows Volumes 2 and 3, he contributes as much as he can to this Wiki as well as to Jeopardy! History Wikia, Sale of the Century Wikia, The Price Is Right Wiki, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Wiki, US Millionaire Contestants' Runs Wiki, Mark Goodson Wiki, Game Shows Wiki (recently promoted to admin there), Peanuts Wiki, Disney Wiki, Sailor Moon Anime Wiki, Monopoly Wiki, Home Alone Wiki, Coca-Cola Wiki, Coca-Cola Unofficial Wiki (which has become a "ghost wiki", if you know what I mean), Good Eats Wiki, and Christmas Specials Wiki. In addition to being a member at the Wheel of Fortune Lovers board, he is a moderator at the Millionaire Fans board as well as being a contributor to the J! Archive (J!=Jeopardy!, of course; and THE best Jeopardy! fan site out there, visit it to see why it's become SO popular!).
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His username comes from the fact he is indeed a game show guy. But the "2000" comes from the huge "million-dollar game show craze" that hit when CBS' Winning Lines, NBC's Twenty-One revival, and Fox's Greed and It's Your Chance of a Lifetime all challenged the ABC juggernaut that was and continues to be (in syndication) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. They all failed and Millionaire still continues to this day. He enjoyed Greed mainly because of all the excitement of Dan Avila and the $2.2 million question that unfortunately is still in the minds of many (Oh what could've been, if Tuna had been right instead of Chocolate; but we'll never know). But of the failed shows, Winning Lines hosted by the late great Dick Clark (aka Charlie O'Donnell's American Bandstand partner) gave him a heart-pumping Wonderwall bonus game that allowed viewers to answer the questions by number...and even test their math skills in the front game (though many will still say math was their worst subject in school).
And just so you know, he enjoyed Super Millionaire during its brief run on ABC in 2004, even though nobody won the $10 million top prize. He also found the two new lifelines of Double Dip and 3 Wise Men to be helpful.
However, his favorite game show of all time, aside from Wheel, happens to be Cash Cab, the Discovery Channel game show that ran from 2005-2012 in New York (and 2011 in Chicago) that allows passengers to ride to their destinations and rack up money all by answering a series of questions.
Another favorite cable game show of his is ESPN's 2-Minute Drill, hosted by Kenny Mayne. He uses this show to test his sports trivia, because he happens to be a huge sports fan to boot. He gets to watch as contestants answer questions from 4 panelists who each represent a different category of expertise in the first round and then get to watch them fire questions of various categories in the second, and then collect money and try to double their cash with their specialty category, otherwise known as "The Question of Great Significance" (rightfully so, there is always great significance to the specialty categories chosen by the players).
He also enjoys Comedy Central's Win Ben Stein's Money, because while he got a kick out of the categories used for their questions, he got to watch as 3 contestants duke it out to win $5,000 of Stein's cash. Why does he get a kick out of this? In the words of Stein himself, "Call me crazy." (Audience: "YOU'RE CRAZY!") But also call him fairly sure that they do have a chance against Mr. Stein, even if it means playing against him in Round 2 and then going head-to-head with him in the "Best of 10 Test of Knowledge".
Two others he likes are Lifetime's Supermarket Sweep, as he uses the question round to test his knowledge of grocery products and their prices, and the Big Sweep to root the contestants on and make sure they remember to pick up those Bonus Specials that could add up to $250 to their Sweep total, even if they're only allowed one to a customer; and thus build up a high enough total to go for $5,000. Shop 'til You Drop, also on the same network, gave him the opportunity to test his pricing and trivia knowledge on shopping and pop culture in general, and allowed him to root on the winning contestants to "Shop 'til They Drop" and rack up $2,500 in prizes and win a big trip.
Does he have a favorite show from Game Show Network? You bet he does! Hollywood Showdown is one because he knows pop culture, but he thinks the $10,000+ Box Office questions should not be open-ended. Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck is another, due to the $3,000+ Big Bank in Season 2 (but again, he doesn't think the questions should be open-ended) and even the Larsen rematch. He also likes Lingo because all the puzzles are 5-letter words and the circles and squares help him decipher those words; and if he had to pick a favorite version, without a doubt, he likes the Chuck Woolery version.
He also is a big Pyramid fan, mostly that of the Dick Clark eras..as The $100,000 Pyramid got him on the edge of his seat. But in any case, he tests his vocabulary in the front game and gives his best clues in the Winner's Circle.
Another show that got him on the edge of his seat is, you guessed it, Press Your Luck, which set sail on CBS the exact same day as the syndicated Wheel. While watching testing his knowledge with the question round was one thing, like all other fans, his heart really pumped when it came to the Big Board filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes and the players attempting to avoid the Whammies to win big. Heck, he even saw Michael Larsen's shows when GSN got them and even saw them again on the network's 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time special.
Many game shows have gambling elements, so in addition to Wheel (and its roulette theme--roulette is a wheel-based game), 2 of his favorites are slot-machine based Joker's Wild which allowed him to watch contestants spin the wheels and answer questions from 5 categories, and Card Sharks where the questions were funny and the Money Cards were even better. Heck, he even saw Norma Brown win $28,800 on the 1978 NBC version with Jim Perry and Faith win $29,000 on the 1986 CBS version with Bob Eubanks.
He also is a big Jeopardy! fan, and followed most, if not all, of the Ken Jennings run; the entire Ultimate Tournament of Champions where Brad Rutter beat Ken to win the $2 million top prize; and the IBM Challenge where supercomputer Watson beat them both to show that computers can be just as smart as humans (imagine Watson playing on Wheel and trying to spin the thing telepathically....)
But, like all game show fans, he cannot forget The Price Is Right, and the ever popular Plinko and the Big Wheel. But, of course, there's also the Golden Road, where at the end lies a very expensive prize...one in which you'd have to pay a ton of taxes on.
And like all other classic game show fans, he cannot forget Let's Make a Deal and Deal or No Deal; they always get him on the edge of his seat, not knowing whether the contestants will go for the big prizes or go for the guaranteed offers they get. Of course, that depends on how big an offer they get.
He also remembers The Chair with John McEnroe, which was a lot better than The Chamber with Rick Schwartz. On the former, he got to see one player walk away with the $250,000 top prize after nailing seven questions *and* keeping his heart rate under control. He also saw one player win $224,600 after redlining 2-3 times. And unfortunately, it was gut-wrenching to watch one player leave empty-handed after redlining away a massive $132,200 on the 7th and final question.
My favorite pagesEdit
- Mentioned that Wheel was only an 80's event in Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire. Ironically, the song came out by the time Season 7 began; as all the events chronicle 1949-1989 (that would be from Billy's birth year to the year the song came out on the debut album Storm Front). In fact, he recommends the song to all history buffs out there and even to schoolteachers (heck, that's where he learned the song's lyrics--in fact, he first listened to the song in 8th grade!).
- Has made numerous contributions to the Video Archives and Timelines.
Myths added to Misconceptions and MythsEdit
- "Wheel is referenced as a 1970s and '80s event in Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire." It was only an 80's event, as it appears between "Russians in Afghanistan (1979) and Sally Ride (1983, though her space flight took place in June and the show debuted on September 19, the exact same day as Press Your Luck).
Questions added to FAQEdit
- Added FAQ entry regarding the show's reference in the song. (March 21, 2013)