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August 30, 1963: A clean sweep
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:03:53 PM »
This was the next-to-last NBC nighttime show which has a contestant pulling a rarity: winning all four bidding games.

Bill comes out to loud applause and introduces tonight's bargain hunters:

* - Charles Reyes is a salesman from Berkeley, MI. He won the championship the previous week with $14,334. He couldn't decide which prize he won he liked best but his wife had no trouble picking the mink coat.

* - Mary Landers is a school teacher from Staten Island, but originally from Ohoopee GA (just outside Savannah).

* - Festus Settle is a telephone worker from Decatur GA.

* - Joyce McNally is a housewife from Uniondale N Y.


First item up for bids: A sailboat. The Nassau model from Key Cab Manufacturing is a twin-hulled 18-ft. catamaran, fiberglass strength The 72-ft. rubber non-skid cockpit can accomodate the whole family. Comes with options. Price authority: Key Cab Manufacturing, Boca Raton FL.

Mr. Reyes is asked to open with a bid of at least $750 (higher if he wishes); minimums are $100:
(*--frozen bid; last bid buzzer follows bid in bold)

- - - - REYES  - - - LANDERS - - - SETTLE - - - McNALLY - -
.................800 ..............900 ..........1050 ..............1250
...............1450 .............1550 .........1750 ..............1850
...............1995 ...........2200 ........* 1400 .........* 2400
.............* 1995 ...........* 2500 ......* 1400 ...........* 2400

Actual retail price: $2187, with Mr. Reyes the winner, and he hit the bonus bell. He wins ladies' full-figure bathing suits from Puritan sportswear. Plus, he is being sent to Atlantic City to be an honorary judge at the Miss America Pageant, to be held September 7. He will meet and talk with each contestant and observe them in categories of swimsuit, evening gown and talent. Mr. Reyes will then write down the names of five girls whom he thinks has the best chance to crowned Miss America. If any of his selections becomes a semi-finalist, he wins $2500. If any of his selections becomes a finalist, he wins $5000. If any of his selections is crowned Miss America, he wins $10,000. His selections, once written down, will be placed in a sealed envelope and not opened until the show after the pageant (September 18, when ''Price'' moves to ABC).

Next item: A barbecue cart. The Orleans model from Hasty Bake is made of stainless steel with a heat deflector for barbecuing, and a rotisserie; the rear features two levels of serving tables. Price authority: Hasty Bake Manufacturing, Tulsa OK.

Mrs. Landers opens anywhere; minimums are $25:
- - REYES  - - - LANDERS - - - SETTLE - - - McNALLY - -
................... ..............100 ...........150 ...............200
..............250 ..............275 ...........325 ...............450
..............495 ...........* 275 .......* 325 ...........* 450
............* 495

Actual retail price: $700,  with Mr. Reyes the winner. And he hit the bonus bell again. He wins 200 monaural phonograph albums from RCA (NBC's parent company) and a player piano from Vianolla Incorporated. 25 music rolls are included.

The last look at the home sweepstakes is shown. A tape made earlier outside the Colonial Theater at 66th Street and Broadway shows us what the prizes are: A Dodge Motorhome (Chrysler Corporation), powered by a 200-hp engine, has three-speed automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. The inside is equipped with a compact kitchen with a gas-operated refrigerator, three-burner range, hot-and-cold running water and sleeping facilities for a family of eight. Options include a 300-watt electric power plant, heater and defroster, electric hot water heater and more. It has air conditioning by Chrysler AirTemp. Also in the sweepstakes: A diamond ring from Elgin Diamond and Watch Company of New York. It has a center-cut diamond weighing 3.14 karats plus two matching tapered baguette diamonds weighing .50 karats. It is set in a hand-made platinium mounting.

Next item: Furniture from the Islands from Bantam furniture, all in rattan and walnut finish in Oriental flavor. Price authority: Bantam Furniture Inc., Lantana FL.

Mr. Settle is the starter, and it's a one-bid item:

- - REYES  - - - LANDERS - - - SETTLE - - - McNALLY - -
....................... ................... ...........* 2650 ............* 1700
..............* 1850 ...........* 2000

Actual retail price: $1854.80, Mr. Reyes winning again.

Final item: A diamond pendant with a center chartreuse diamond executed by Johnston Jewels Ltd. The center diamond weighs 24.64 karats resting in a display of 24 round and 7 marquee diamonds weighing 2.70 karats. Each set in a platinium backing with white gold. The pendant it suspended on a platinum chain. Price authority: Johnston Jewles Ltd., Waldorf Astoria, New York.

Mrs. McNally starts with the opening asked to be at least $5000; minimums are $100:

- - REYES  - - - LANDERS - - - SETTLE - - - McNALLY - -
..................... ..................... ................. ..............7000
................7200 .............7500 ..........7600 ..............8000
................8300 ............10000 .........10200 ...........10500
...............10800 ...........11000 .........11400 ...........12050
...............13450 ...........15550 ........*11400 .........*12050
..............*13450 ..........*15550

Actual retail price: $13750, with Mr. Reyes winning all four bidding games.

Final totals:
REYES - $20,448 (plus the chance to win $10,000 at the Miss America contest)
BLOCKER - $0
McLOCHLIN - $0
WEGENER - $0 (all three receive American Tourister luggage)

Mr. Reyes is still champion and will return on the final NBC show next week with a total of $34,782. Mr. Reyes says he'll never do anything wrong, winning his wife a mink coat last week and a diamond pendant this week.



« Last Edit: June 11, 2010, 04:08:06 PM by Ccook »
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