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Auburn student captures showcase showdown on ‘The Price Is Right’comment (0)

January 9, 2003

By Jeremy Dale Henderson

Come on down” It’s one of the most recognized phrases in American daytime television. And every weekday for almost 30 years viewers have heard the voice of Rod Roddy bellowing out the longed-for invitation to the frenzied audience of the famous game show, “The Price Is Right”.

When Auburn University Junior Will Gaither, who is a member of First Baptist Church, Eufaula, heard his name being announced, followed by the loud summons, he said it took a few seconds for reality to sink in.

But last September Gaither, along with 20 fellow Auburn students sat in the audience of CBS’s three-decade-running, “The Price Is Right” game show.

“I always watched the show as a kid,” said Gaither, but explained that his true devotion to Bob Barker and this famous game show occurred when he was 16.

Having been diagnosed with cancer, he spent a number of weeks in bed, and passed the time watching television. He developed a fondness for the upbeat show where contestants win expensive prized by competing with others to guess the closest dollar amount value of a piece of merchandise.

“I made sure I was awake by 10 o’clock every morning to watch the show while I ate my breakfast,” he recalled.

Gaither never dreamed he would have a chance to attend a show, let alone get chosen as a contestant.

But not only was Gaither instructed to “Come on down,” he was the final winner, beating out the other contestants for a prize package valued at close to $40,000 worth of winnings.

This included his winning the showcase showdown which was a six-day trip for two to Rome, Italy, along with several other prizes.

“It’s actually all kind of a blur,” Gaither said of his whirlwind streak.

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