Priceless Memories

Priceless Memories

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by Bob Barker, Digby Diehl
     
 

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In front of the camera, Bob Barker has been invited into the homes of millions of Americans as host of The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences, Miss USA, Miss Universe, the Rose Parade, and many other programs and specials. He has been part of the lives of generations of viewers connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Now Bob shares stories of

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In front of the camera, Bob Barker has been invited into the homes of millions of Americans as host of The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences, Miss USA, Miss Universe, the Rose Parade, and many other programs and specials. He has been part of the lives of generations of viewers connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Now Bob shares stories of favorite contestants, episodes, celebrity encounters, and behind-the-scenes happenings.

Beyond his public persona, Bob opens up about his personal life, sharing a lifetime of fond memories. He recalls his early years spent on a Native American reservation and being raised by a single mother through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. He writes about training as a fighter pilot in the Navy during World War II and how he met, fell in love with, and married the love of his life, Dorothy Jo. It was with Dorothy Jo's encouragement and insight that he launched his career in the entertainment business, starting in radio and moving to television, where his work has been honored with nineteen Emmys (fourteen as a performer, the most any performer has ever won), induction into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the TV Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Pioneer Broadcasters Golden Mike Award, among many other awards.

Bob's support of animal rights has always been a central part of his life. In these pages he delves into stories of how and why he put his personal passion above his career, including his antifur standoff with beauty pageants, and his involvement in cases that exposed animal abuse in movies and television. He shares heartwarming personal stories of the four-legged friends he has adopted and rescued, ranging from dogs and rabbits to elephants. Bob is a complete success at retirement and continues to actively advocate on behalf of animals, including working on successful legislation to control the pet population.

For the innumerable fans who have welcomed Bob into their homes over the last fifty years, this book will be like catching up with a dear and familiar friend who continues to lead a full and endlessly interesting life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This stunning memoir by the former Price Is Right host moves from his childhood on a Native American reservation through his service in the air force during WWII to his long career in show business. Barker reads his story with an earnest and professional tone; his familiar voice is warm and welcoming. Offering hilarious tales of his favorite contestants and most memorable moments, the Price Is Right anecdotes are, in fact, priceless. With the stellar material and a polished delivery, this audio book will win Barker more fans. A Hachette/Center Street hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 2). (Apr.)
Library Journal
In his first audiobook, the veteran TV game-show host (Truth or Consequences, The Price Is Right) relives some of his life's greatest moments, often shying from specifics regarding the more colorful and questionable parts of his personal and professional history. With his broadcasting background, Barker does well as a narrator, but it's more his reflective, sincere tone that will endear him to listeners. As in his shows, Barker's good-natured personality comes through here, giving this audio added zest perhaps lacking in print format. For fans of biographies, game shows, and reality TV as well as for those interested in behind-the-scenes elements of TV programming. [Audio clip available through www.hachettebookgroup.com; for Barker's "legion of fans," read the review of the Center St. hc, "this…is a schmooze-fest," Xpress Reviews, LJ 3/20/09.—Ed.]—Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA
Kirkus Reviews
For TV mainstay Barker, it's all been fun and games. A more-than-familiar face after some five decades on national television, including an astounding 35-year stint hosting The Price Is Right, the author delivers an unfailingly pleasant and breezy memoir . . . which is a problem. The supremely affable Barker's account of his 85 years is mild to the point of nullity. The only dark notes are the premature death of his father and the loss of his beloved wife to lung cancer after 36 years of marriage. The author doesn't mention the controversy and lawsuits (which included claims of sexual harassment) attending the firings of several glamorous on-set models for the show, nor his romantic relationship with one such model, Dian Parkinson, which also ended in legal action. Barker instead waxes nostalgic about his childhood on a South Dakota reservation (he is one-eighth Sioux), his training as a naval aviator in the last days of World War II (peace was declared before he saw combat) and his epic tenure as host of the longest-running game show in TV history. Stubbornly upbeat, he gives no indication that circumstances were ever less than hunky-dory for his neighbors on the reservation, paints his military service as a lark-filled romp and rhapsodizes endlessly about the fun and high spirits of his game-show days. Barker drops the names of many celebrity acquaintances-bizarrely, he studied karate with Chuck Norris-but his observations are limited to bromides like this characterization of fellow tanning enthusiast Julio Iglesias: "He was a really good guy. He was a lot of fun." Even on the subject of animal-rights activism, a cause the author has tirelessly promoted for decades, he musters onlygeneralities about the issue, along with a few cute stories concerning personal successes with rescued critters. Hard-core fans will undoubtedly enjoy their hero's happy reminiscences, but nothing here will entice less starry-eyed readers.
Alex Trebek
"Bob's writing is just like his hosting--smooth and professional. I'm sure his many fans will be thoroughly entertained and delighted by these recollections of his life and his long and very successful career. I can only imagine what more he might have accomplished if only he could sing."
host of 'The Price Is Right' Drew Carey
"The readers of this book will be happy to find, as I was, that Bob Barker did more than host The Price Is Right for thirty-five years. A lot more, as it turns out. What a career! God bless you, Bob Barker. And I'll try not to wreck the car."
founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society ( Pat Derby
"From hanging pianos to flying elephants, Bob Barker's love of people and animals and his remarkable ability to play the game furnishes a book full of prizes for the reader. Priceless Memories provides a fascinating insight into his career during the heydey of television and his tenacious determination to alleviate the suffering of animals. The book is a conversation with Bob Barker, full of humorous anecdotes about himself and the millions of contestants, friends, fans, family, celebrities and animals who have made his life a compelling story."
From the Publisher
"Bob's writing is just like his hosting—smooth and professional. I'm sure his many fans will be thoroughly entertained and delighted by these recollections of his life and his long and very successful career. I can only imagine what more he might have accomplished if only he could sing."—Alex Trebek, host, 'Jeopardy!'"

The readers of this book will be happy to find, as I was, that Bob Barker did more than host The Price Is Right for thirty-five years. A lot more, as it turns out. What a career! God bless you, Bob Barker. And I'll try not to wreck the car."—Drew Carey, host of 'The Price Is Right'"

From hanging pianos to flying elephants, Bob Barker's love of people and animals and his remarkable ability to play the game furnishes a book full of prizes for the reader. Priceless Memories provides a fascinating insight into his career during the heydey of television and his tenacious determination to alleviate the suffering of animals. The book is a conversation with Bob Barker, full of humorous anecdotes about himself and the millions of contestants, friends, fans, family, celebrities and animals who have made his life a compelling story."—Pat Derby, founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599951355
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Barker is best known as the epitome of game show hosts, having recently retired after 50 years on television, and 35 years of hosting The Price Is Right—the longest running game show in TV history. Born in Darrington, WA on December 12, 1923, he currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Digby Diehl has collaborated on dozens of books, including bestsellers Angel On My Shoulder with Natalie Cole and The Million Dollar Mermaid with Esther Williams. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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Priceless Memories 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Max7 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Bob Barkers book, Priceless Memories. I grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Bob's mother, Matilda Barker, was Superintendent of Schools when I was in the second grade. She flunked me when I was in the second grade. I have kept my second grade report card, which has her name on it, as a souvenir. I was a Swiss immigrant child and my command of the English language was marginal. I attended the same group of wooden school buildings that Bob attended. We were equipped with cast iron wood burning stoves and outhouse restrooms. The Barkers left the reservation before I started the third grade, so I convinced my third grade teacher to let me proceed in the third grade. The reservation school system was quite good. I eventually earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering. I agree with Bob, that growing up on the Rosebud Reservation was a great experience. I enjoyed many of the same experiences that he mentions in his book.
JuneH More than 1 year ago
This book was especially interesting because I, like most people, didn't have a clue how versatile this man was. I enjoyed it being written in his own style and in his own words. i recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very nice and goes into the life that Bob lead while working at the price is right. If your are a fan of the guy, this book is for you.
Minime More than 1 year ago
All in all I thought it a good book, at times it was boring especially going over the games in the shows, but it had humor & I liked that he gave his wife & Mother credit for guiding & supporting his dreams. His love of animals came through strong & I especially feel anyone who is not afraid to stick up for these voiceless beings is a good person & so made reading this book worthwhile. I would recommend it.
marsdiet More than 1 year ago
Having watched Bob Barker on Truth or Consequences and again on Price is Right, I found the book to be wonderful reading. He is a real person and absolutely lives his beliefs. He does things his way but is willing to work with others to find a happy medium to his way of life.
Hawks1800 More than 1 year ago
I love bob barker
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This was a boring book that convinced me we need term limits on members of Congress. I am sorry I purchased the book. The good news it will help cure your insomnia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very boring. Could not even finish and I like Bob Barker! It seems very choppy. While your reading about one thing, he goes off with something else. It got too tiring to read.
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Oh my, not such a great book. Note sure what i was expecting but was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read a long time ago I miss him on the pir ever since he retiesh o Read long ago aheartwarming memior imiss him on the prir since his retirement ive lostinterest in the show he was the pir and the pir was him no other host doesit the way he did regina from nj Rea
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RUTH48 More than 1 year ago
You think you know Bob Barker. He came in too our homes for ever. you will find out He was a polit and an Indian WOW Buy this book and then you will be impressed with Bob even more. The America Dream and a good Mother.
dmgGA More than 1 year ago
All he talked about was the shows he hosted. Very little insite into the man. Very repetitiouse. Got so bored I stopped reading 30% through.