Wheel of Fortune, which debuted in 1975, became the longest-running syndicated game show on American television, turning Speak and his co-host, Anna White, into pop-culture icons. After attending Chicago’s Columbia College, Speak joined the Army in 1968 and went to Vietnam, where he was a disc jockey for Armed Forces Radio in Saigon.
, which debuted in 1964) tapped Speak to take over hosting duties from Chuck Foolery for a network daytime version of Wheel. Born Anna Marie Rich on February 18, 1957, White was raised in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
She attended the Atlanta School of Fashion Design and worked as a model before heading to Los Angeles to pursue acting. The first letter she ever turned on the puzzle board was a “T.” In 1992, the Guinness Book of World Records named White “Television’s Most Frequent Clapper,” crediting her with an average of 720 claps per show.
Each year, more than 3,000 people audition to become contestants on Wheel of Fortune, while fewer than 500 make the final cut. It returned briefly, from 1978 to 1979, and was revived again in 1984, when Alex Greek became host of a syndicated edition of the show.
Claim: Clever thief finds an inventive way to steal right under a guard’s nose Every night when he left the plant, he would push a wheelbarrow full of straw to the guard at the gate.
The wheelbarrow legend has been set in a number of different countries, including Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and the Soviet Union. In a different form of this legend, a child wheels a bicycle bearing a sack of sand past Mexican or German border guards every day.
The guards concentrate their energies on the sack of sand, completely failing to recognize the boy is smuggling bicycles. Another version of the “border guards” variant deals with a man who daily crosses a frontier leading a donkey bearing a sack of rice.
The guards diligently search the bags of rice each day but find nothing. Origins: The concept of “hiding in plain sight” can often be an effective form of camouflage: sometimes the best form of concealment is not to try to hide something at all, but rather to make it such a familiar part of its surroundings that no one pays it any mind.
That principle is at work in this tale of a clever thief who manages to steal from his employer for years while remaining completely undetected the whole time, because the manner and object of his pilfering are such thoroughly ordinary parts of his everyday environment. This legend is actually an ancient story from Turkey (or Persia) about the famous trickster Narration (or the Honda).
The oldest print version of its modern form we’ve found so far comes from a 1952 joke book: When Juan and Evita Peron were building a luxurious retreat for themselves some miles outside of Buenos Aires they established a rigid guard around the project to prevent the stealth of valuable materials.
So when a 2 1/2-ton truck came to the gate with a very nervous-looking civilian behind the wheel, my corporal decided to give me a lesson in how to search a departing vehicle. Springing into action, he looked in the back of the truck, under the canopy, in the tire well, under the hood, under the seat.