To shout “buy a vowel” from your couch is one thing, but getting say it to Pat Sajak face to face only happens once in a lifetime.
“Literally,” said Eric Myers, a Damascus resident and longtime Wheel of Fortune fan. “Once you’re on the show you can never compete on any iteration of Wheel of Fortune.”
Well, viewers can watch Myers make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime chance.
Myers competes on tonight’s episode of Wheel of Fortune, as part of “Sears Secret Santa week,” a publicist with the show confirmed late Wednesday.
The show is scheduled to air 7 p.m. on ABC.
Myers, 37, is a married father of two and is a business development officer for , which is based in Germantown.
He auditioned for the show in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 24, with his wife Libby Youngdale-Myers. More three weeks passed before they knew whether they got chosen. When the letter finally arrived, they learned Myers was picked, but his wife didn’t make the cut.
Myers said tonight’s episode was taped Oct. 14 in large studio Culver City, Calif., and, as you might expect, is an experience that is nothing at all as it looks on television. Ever wonder why so many wimpy wheel spinners, even with the pre-show training on how to properly spin the Wheel of Fortune wheel?
“It weighs 1,000 pounds,” Myers said.
Myers said getting the wheel to budge means leaning over forward over the rail — lifting up one of your legs as you do so — and employing that momentum to first pull the wheel toward you, then using your entire body to thrust the wheel for an outward spin.
Also, Myers said, knowing that a studio audience — and eventually millions of viewers — is watching you makes obvious things like remembering to buy vowels much harder. For this reason, Myers said, as part of the pre-show orientation, contestant coordinators prime you on common strategies for cracking puzzles. He described the back-stage vibe as congenial and friendly.
“It’s not like a reality show, where there’s backstabbing and ulterior motives,” Myers said.
Still there was a small but of sizing up the competition before the show, he said.
“You don’t have any idea how good or not got they could but you know they’ve got to be at least as good as you are because they also made the cut.”
At the show’s request, Patch can’t tell you how Myers did, but we can say that he did win something — enough to take his family on a cruise. Myers plans to join friends, colleagues and loved ones at a viewing party tonight at a Germantown restaurant.
Myers said he’s looking forward to being able to finally talk about the outcome of the game.