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January 8, 1962
« on: August 23, 2011, 08:15:27 PM »
The third of three recently unearthed Cullen episodes from the 1961-62 holiday season...

Bill comes out to loud applause and ells that the sweepstakes winner will be announced later.

The bargain hunters:
* - Leland Brown, an IRS worker from Upper Darby PA, is the returning champ, having won $15,530 in merchandise on the previous show.

* - Jean Heffernan is a housewife from New Brunswick N J.

* - Dick Thompson is a salesman from Memphis TN.

* - Teresa Hoppe is a housewife from Boston MA.

All contestants receive a gift package from the makers of Dristan (the evening's primary sponsor).

First item up for bids: A full-length white mink coat. Price authority: Scaparelli furs, New York.

Mr. Brown opens and is asked to start with at least $2000; minimums are $100:
(*--frozen bid; last bid buzzer follows bid in bold)

- - BROWN - - - - HEFFERNAN - - - THOMPSON - - - HOPPE - -
................2500 ............2700 ...........2800 ............3000
................3500 ............3800 ...........3900 ............4200
................4500 ............4800 ...........4900 .............5000
.............* 6500 .........* 6800 ........* 7500 .........* 5000

Actual retail price: $6000, with Mrs. Hoppe the winner.
 
Next item: A 5-1/2 ft. soda fountain, made of stainlkess steel with pink formica counter top. It's equipped with sink, containers, syrup pumps, storage and a 6-cu. ft. refrigerator. Price authority: James Gay Gallery Inc., New York.

Mrs. Heffernan opens anywhere; minimums are $50:
- - BROWN - - - - HEFFERNAN - - - THOMPSON - - - HOPPE - -
....................... ..............100 ...........150 ...............200
.................250 ..............300 ...........350 ...............400
.................500 ..............550 ...........600 ...............700
.................750 ..............800 ...........900 ............* 700
.................950 ...........* 800 ..........1000 ...........* 700
............* 1200 ...........* 800 ........* 1000

Actual retail price: $1792 with Mr. Brown the winner and he hit the bonus bell. Along with the soda fountain, he also wins a complete game room, featuring a target game, pool, suffleboard, bowling machine and prize fight game.


Bill tells viewers for tickets to the show, write to:
NBC Guest Relations
Box 13
Radio City Station
New York 19, N Y

Write six weeks in advance of when planning to visit New York to see the show.

The drawing for the beaver jacket and mink coat is done with Toni and June drawing a card from each of five drums and placing them on a board which is carted to Bill. The price of the furs is shown: $6700. The cards:
(1) Ted Ruskin, St. Louis MO, $5710.29
(2) Delia Burkie, Persipeny N J, $2195
(3) Ruth Carp, New York City N Y, $8200
(4) Jean Mockell Gettysburg, St. Petersburg FL, $4483
(5) Tom Wasgrove, Brooklyn N Y, $7775.75
The winner is Ted Ruskin, whose $5710.29 was closest without going over. He wins the furs and will be flown to New York to appear as a contestant on the show. The other four entrants will receive a 23-in. black-and-white Admiral television.

Next item: A hutch with fine china. The hutch is in Pennsyvania Duth styling and the china is a service for 12, imported from Worcester, England. Price authority: Miravle Americana, New York, and Royal Worcester Imports, New York.

Mr. Thompson starts anywhere with minimums $100:
- - BROWN - - - - HEFFERNAN - - - THOMPSON - - - HOPPE - -
................. ................ ..................200 ...............400
.............500 ..............700 ..............800 .............900
...........1000 ............1200 ...............1300 ...........1400
...........1500 ............1600 ............* 1300 ..........1700
........* 2000 .........* 1600 ............*1300 .........* 2100

Actual retail price: $2572.25 with Mrs. Hoppe the winner. And she hit the bonus bell. For this, Mrs. Hoppe gets a player piano from Hardeman Tech. She is to pedal the piano so it starts a song which leads to a potential prize. To win the prize, Mrs. Hoppe has to identify the song within 30 seconds. After careful study, she identified it as "Arrivederci, Roma," leading to a two-week trip for two to Rome. Mrs. Hoppe and her husband will be flown to rome via Sabena Belgian Airways first to Brussels then to Rome via helicopter.

Final item: A 1962 Ford Thunderbird convertible. The Sports Roadster has a standard 300-hp V-8 engine, Cruise-O-Matic drive, automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering with tilt column and options. Price authority: Ford division, Ford Motor Corp., Detroit MI. Bidding on the Thunderbird at its F.O.B. price, point of entry Detroit MI.

Mrs. Hoppe starts with the opening asked to be at least $1500; minimums are $100:

- - BROWN - - - - HEFFERNAN - - - THOMPSON - - - HOPPE - -
..................... ..................... ................. ..............1500
................2000 .............2500 ..........2600 ..............3000
................3100 .............3500 ..........3600 ..............4000
................4200 .............4500 ..........5000 ..............5500
................5600 .............6000 ..........6200 ..............6800
............* 5600 ...........* 6000 ........* 6900 ...........* 7000

Actual retail price: $5718.50, with Mr. Brown the winner.

Final totals:
- - BROWN - - - - HEFFERNAN - - - THOMPSON - - - HOPPE - -
.............10255 ....................0 ......................0 .............11391

Mrs. Hoppe wins the championship in a squeaker and will return to defend next week. Mr. Brown leaves with a healthy two-week total of $25,785. Mrs. Heffernan and Mr. Thompson each receive a 54-volume set of books from Encyclopedia.

Before signing off, Bill tells viewers that Jack Paar will fill in for him on Tuesday morning's edition of Price.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2011, 08:20:26 PM by Ccook »
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