King of Game Shows
The king of daytime game-show television hails from Springfield. Robert William “Bob” Barker attended Central High School after his mother moved her family from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota to Springfield. When he graduated, he decided to stay in Missouri and went to Drury College, graduating with a degree in economics in 1947. Most people know Bob from the hit game show The Price is Right. From 1972 to 2007, Bob hosted the longest-running daytime game show in America. The Price is Right wasn’t his first successful daytime television show, though. He also hosted Truth or Consequences, a quiz game show. He retired from The Price is Right in 2007. The town of Springfield named part of Bower Street, which leads to Drury College, “Bob Barker Boulevard” in 2007, and he is a member of the Hall of Famous Missourians.
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