Hold the phone!  I mean the bidding.  Where's Bob Barker when you need him?  Did you hear the news about the change upcoming on the legendary game show "The Price is Right"?

First, I'm all for change, but the deep roots of a gargantuan staple that has been the face of daytime television since 1972, is about to break with tradition.

After attending two dozen or so tapings of the show between 1983 and 1985, I finally heard "Rick St. Nick - come on down - you're the next contestant on The Price is Right!"

Chills went down my spine as I almost froze like a mannequin before being pushed into a jog from then girlfriend Lucy "slow hand" Periwinkle (will discuss her nickname at a later time, okay?).

Settling into the third position in a group of four, Bob Barker did a '180', then said "here's the next item up for bids"; Samsonite luggage - just what I wanted.  "Rick, what's your bid?", Barker barked.  Hard to believe I was in radio, as I fumbled my way through saying $369 - twice!  The other three people bidding against me all went lower, when Bob announced "the actual retail price is $489, and Rick you are the winner!"

The only thing standing between me and "25 G's" was "Plinko", but here's the deal, even though I failed miserably at the game, it wasn't so bad because I was thisclose to a Barker babe.  In the end, it was something about her forlorn smile making the entire trip worthwhile!  Or, it could have been the drink we shared after the taping.  Lucy who?

Rob Wilson will debut on "The Price is Right" on October 15.  He is the first male model selected for the show.

"The Price is Right" originally debuted in 1956 with Bill Cullen as the host.  In 1972, it was revamped to its current format.

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