CelebVet: Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak

“Wheel of Fortune” is the number one-rated syndicated show on television. Its star, Pat Sajak, got one of his first tastes of stardom yelling “Good Morning, Vietnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam!” on a show called The Dawnbusters for Armed Forces Vietnam Radio.

Sajak, a Chicago native, left college to join the Army in what he calls “a burst of patriotism.” His hope was to get to work for Armed Forces Radio. Instead, he was trained as a clerk-typist. Sent to Vietnam as a finance clerk, he wrote to his congressman – and former boss at a small radio station he’d worked at while at college – and was amazed at what a letter from a congressman could do: From October 1968 through January 1, 1970, AFVN was his home.

Again, persistence paid off as he talked his way into a job at a Nashville station, where he worked as an announcer, talk-show host, disc jockey, weatherman. And when Los Angeles’ KNBC was looking for a new weatherman in 1977, he was chosen. Four years later, he was picked by Merv Griffin to replace Chuck Wollery as host of “Wheel of Fortune.”

Not figuring that he’d be with “Wheel” more than a couple of years, he didn’t anticipate that it would become the huge hit it is. He’s now a familiar presence on TV, having hosted several Tournament of Roses parades, a quartet of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades, and special editions of “College Bowl” and “This Is Your Life.” He’s won three Emmys and a People’s Choice Award.

Image Credit: http://www.yesimright.com/pat-sajak-came-out-of-nowhere-and-destroyed-every-trump-hating-liberal/

Blog Tags:
CelebVet

From Our Member Community

Scott's View Discounts & Benefits Scott's View: Happy Army Birthday and Flag Day – Announcing Lufthansa & United discounts on transatlantic flights As we noted in our joint press release announcing our new partnership with Lufthansa, this new VetRewards Exclusive gives you the very best Europe has to offer with an exclusive offer. Lufthansa is the largest airline in the world, in terms of revenue, and we are pleased to announce continued VetRewards offer growth in the travel industry, with more on the way!
Sgt. Frank Charrow Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: Sgt. Frank Charrow lost and found Editor’s Note: General Bell is the former Commanding General 220th Military Police Brigade (Army Reserve), USMA Graduate Class 1957, Graduate of Army and National War Colleges and is the author of more than 300 military, domestic and foreign publications.  He is also the most published free-lance writer in the 20th Century to the oldest military journal in the world still being published, the Austrian OeMZ. In this Cover Story, he gives a little-known historical perspective of D-Day, the Allied Forces attack on Normandy Beach nearly 75 years ago.

Join Our Community.
 

Yes, Get Me Started

Do you and your family vacation without travel insurance?

Sign up for VetRewards today and you’ll be eligible for TravelProtection™ at only $20 for a full year of coverage.

Get VetRewards

Did you know that your immediate family members are eligible for VetRewards Exclusive discounts?

With VetRewards, you can add family members to your primary plan at 50% OFF every year.

Get VetRewards