Bob Barker, the longtime TV game show host who is being canonized on nighttime TV with two (count ’em!) specials, is receiving all manner of print tributes as well, the most recent in today’s New York Times.
None of these tributes, however, mention his brief but very successful career as a game show host before live audiences in Tennessee and other southern states in the late 1970s. I was a Knoxville-based stringer for The New York Times during those years, and I wrote a piece in the Times about him. Therein lies a tale.