Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bob Stewart 1920 - 2012

There isn’t a lot I can say about this that hasn’t already been said, but here goes…

One of the most legendary game show producers ever has died at age 91. Bob Stewart began his illustrious career in the 1950s working for the equally legendary Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, to whom he proposed he show titled “The Auctioneer”, inspired by an auction he used to watch during his lunch break. The end result premiered in 1956…The Price Is Right. Yes, this is the man who created The Price Is Right. The current American incarnation was nice enough to give him a dedication card at the end of a recent episode, although the Australian revival was more focused on Ian Turpie.

Creating The Price Is Right would have been enough to make Bob one of the most legendary game show producers ever, but he didn’t stop there, going on to create Password and To Tell The Truth for Goodson-Todman Productions before breaking off to form Bob Stewart Productions, which created such hits as Pyramid and Chain Reaction. Bob was also the father of Sande Stewart, who is a game show producer is his own right.

As someone said on a message board, it is quite sad that, when Dick Clark died, everyone wrote about him as if he had created and produced Pyramid in addition to hosting it. Wrong. That was Bob Stewart. RIP Bob. You earned it.

Next week – Hip Hop Squares!


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