The venerable game show Wheel of Fortune does something it usually doesn’t do: make headlines (and trust me, that’s a good thing.).
Syndication’s top-rated program for 26 years running had a stunner on last Friday’s episode as a New York fashion editor correctly guessed the puzzle – with only one letter on the board! And even host Pat Sajak was stunned (click the link above or here to see the video.)
The winning contestant was Catlin Burke, who correctly guessed “I’ve Got A Good Feeling About This” (no kidding) with one letter (L) showing and won a Caribbean trip worth $6,500, according to the New York Post. She finished the show with a awesome haul of $53,000 in cash and prizes.
But she’s solved a puzzle with only one letter? Nice achievement and all, but she couldn’t top Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, who correctly guessed a puzzle with no letters! :
(Sorry about the quality of the video… it’s all I could find.)
In Memoriam: On a much more serious note, the longtime announcer of Wheel of Fortune passed away a a week ago. Charlie O’Donnell, who handled announcing chores on the CBS Television Distribution game show died on Nov. 1 in his home in Los Angeles from heart failure at the age of 78. He’s best known for announcing Wheel (on the NBC, CBS, and syndicated versions), but also had the same duties for the original version of The Joker’s Wild and the first syndicated version of Tic Tac Dough, as well as many other game shows and series, including Dance Fever, The Richard Pryor Show, and Solid Gold.