Wheel of Fortune continues to spin after 34 years strong

Christian Dixie

Staff Writer

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Wheel! Of! Fortune!” the chant that has popularized this game show ever since it’s syndication debut in 1983. I’ve been a fan of this show ever since I was 9 months old. I don’t watch the show anymore, but I still play the video game versions of the show and enjoy all of the theme songs over its 34 year run.


How is Wheel of Fortune played? Before the main game, there are two toss-up puzzles in which letters are randomly revealed until someone rings in and solves the puzzle. The second toss-up will determine who will begin round one. Then, the three contestants spin a wheel and guess letters to solve a puzzle within a different variety of categories such as “Thing”, “Proper Name”, and much more. Players play three main rounds,  round 1, the mystery round, and the express round.


The winner of the show goes to the bonus round for a chance to win $100,000. (Unless if they have the million dollar wedge then they’ll play for $1,000,000) The contestant spins the bonus round wheel and lands on a space with an envelope that contains any amount from $32,000 to the grand prize of $100,000. The contestant is given a puzzle and are given the letters R, S, T, L, N, and E. Contestants must give three consonants and a vowel other than R, S, T, L, N, and E. Then after all of the letters are revealed, the contestant has 10 seconds to solve the puzzle. If they correctly solve the puzzle, they’ll win whatever is in the envelope and if they don’t, they could miss out on some big money.


Wheel of Fortune is a show that people watch because the concept of the show is so simple. This is the reason I watch this show more than ‘Jeopardy!’, which is more for the intellectual people or just people wanting to know more about everything in the world.


Another reason why this show is great is because of the show host and co-host Pat Sajak and Vanna White. People are tuning in each night wanting to know “What Vanna is wearing” and watching contestants solve puzzles and win cash. Vanna at one point from 1983-1997 was turning letters on an old puzzle board with tiles that turn and has been touching letters on the current, electronic puzzle board since 1997.


The last reason? The catchphrases! “Pat I’d like to solve the puzzle”, “I’d like to buy a vowel”, etc. Catchphrases are what made the show become almost a permanent staple of Wheel of Fortune. Although, I don’t watch the show anymore, but I still play the video game versions which are almost like the real show.
Wheel of Fortune has been able to maintain its status as a pop icon throughout the decades and it’s somehow still popular today. The humorous Pat Sajak and the beautiful Vanna White have been a staple to pop culture for almost 35 years. Wheel of Fortune is a pop culture phenomenon that I will never forget.


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One Comment on “Wheel of Fortune continues to spin after 34 years strong”

  1. Christian Dixie September 1, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Reblogged this on gameshowgamer.

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