DECEMBER 12, 1923

SIOUX NATION MEMBER BOB BARKER BORN—LONG TIME TV GAMESHOW HOST

Born in Darrington, Washington, Bob lived on the Rosebud Reservation, in South Dakota, until 8th grade.  Entering Drury College on a basketball scholarship, he left in 1943 to be a Navy fighter pilot, but did not see action.  Later graduating from Drury with a degree in economics, Barker entered broadcasting, moved to California & hosted radio’s The Bob Barker Show (1950-56).  On TV, he hosted Truth or Consequences (1956-74) & The Price Is Right (1972-2007)—2 of TV’s longest-running game shows—as well as New Year’s Tournament of Roses Parade (1969-88).  Barker played himself in the movie Happy Gilmore.  Honors: Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement; TV & NAB Broadcasting Halls of Fame (2004 & 2008); and Time Magazine’s All-Time Greatest Game Show Host.  He also hosted Miss Universe & Miss U.S.A. Pageants (1966-88).  An animal welfare advocate, he left both pageants over fur coats being used as prizes and founded the DJ&T Foundation to address pet overpopulation.

Source:  “Bob Barker,” Biography, 8/19/2014.  Retrieved 9/9/2020, https://www.biography.com/personality/bob-barker
Photo:  CBS, 1977.  Released as a press note for the 1975 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, aired on CBS.  Public Domain.  

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