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« on: November 10, 2004, 02:35:41 PM »
When did the audience run up on stage? Who started it, and did the Davidson version ever do it?

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2004, 02:40:05 PM »
I've only seen 1 Davidson-era win, and they did not come up on stage. I don't know when they started doing it though.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2004, 02:58:12 PM »
I'm pretty sure it started early in the Clark run; I remember the second or third $100K win having the audience on camera.

Now IIRC, someone from the board (DaveMackey?) recalled one win where the contestant didn't have anyone in her rooting section, so the audience came on camera for her. Whether that's how the "tradition" started is beyond me.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2004, 02:59:58 PM »
I don't know if they did it EVERY time, but indeed on the first ever $100,000 win the audience joined the winner on stage.

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2004, 03:00:46 PM »
THAT one I can answer. It was not for every win.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2004, 03:51:35 PM »
100K wins 1 through 9 all featured the audience running onstage. The final three wins of the Clark version didn't. No 100K wins on the Davidson version featured the audience running up.


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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2004, 04:43:26 PM »
[quote name=\'pyrfan\' date=\'Nov 10 2004, 01:51 PM\']100K wins 1 through 9 all featured the audience running onstage. The final three wins of the Clark version didn't. No 100K wins on the Davidson version featured the audience running up.


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You could tell this was not something Clark cared for one bit,  but in the spirit of celebration he was genial about. I'm not surprised to see it was kiboshed at one point - I'm almost surprised, even, to see it didn't happen sooner....
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2004, 05:22:54 PM »
In one of the later tournaments (maybe the 9th one?), I think I even hear Dick saying to someone as they're going to commercial after the big win, "You can't do that! This is a television show!" This experience may have caused them to do away with the "audience participation."

I think the idea worked well for the first one ever, but after that, it looks like they might have encouraged the tournament contestants to bring big groups of people to root for them in the audience. Like you say, Chris, it was good for the spirit of celebration, but it was a hard situation for the staff to control.


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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2004, 07:19:18 PM »
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In one of the later tournaments (maybe the 9th one?), I think I even hear Dick saying to someone as they're going to commercial after the big win, "You can't do that! This is a television show!" This experience may have caused them to do away with the "audience participation."

IIRC, that's because someone wanted an autograph, no?

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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2004, 12:17:25 AM »
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In one of the later tournaments (maybe the 9th one?), I think I even hear Dick saying to someone as they're going to commercial after the big win, "You can't do that! This is a television show!" This experience may have caused them to do away with the "audience participation."

IIRC, that's because someone wanted an autograph, no?

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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2004, 12:07:12 PM »
[quote name=\'clemon79\' date=\'Nov 10 2004, 04:43 PM\'][quote name=\'pyrfan\' date=\'Nov 10 2004, 01:51 PM\']100K wins 1 through 9 all featured the audience running onstage. The final three wins of the Clark version didn't. No 100K wins on the Davidson version featured the audience running up.


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You could tell this was not something Clark cared for one bit,  but in the spirit of celebration he was genial about. I'm not surprised to see it was kiboshed at one point - I'm almost surprised, even, to see it didn't happen sooner....
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Which is understood, and come to think of it, now I'm surprised they allowed it at all. It's one thing to do it at a high school or college football game (where you're usually outside), but a closed TV studio is a whole another deal.

EDIT: Most football games are outdoors. :-)
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2004, 12:13:09 PM »
[quote name=\'fostergray82\' date=\'Nov 11 2004, 10:07 AM\']Which is understood, and come to think of it, now I'm surprised they allowed it at all. It's one thing to do it at a high school or college football game (where you're usually inside), but a closed TV studio is a whole another deal.
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And trust me, nobody involved with security or crowd control likes it one bit when it happens THERE either.

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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2004, 01:06:58 PM »
[quote name=\'clemon79\' date=\'Nov 11 2004, 12:13 PM\']You never know when one of those kooks coming up on stage is gonna have a knife.
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Good point.

Although on a Pat Finn show, it wouldn't be all that bad..............;)

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2004, 05:51:18 PM »
[quote name=\'Don Howard\' date=\'Nov 11 2004, 12:17 AM\'][quote name=\'vtown7\' date=\'Nov 10 2004, 07:19 PM\']
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In one of the later tournaments (maybe the 9th one?), I think I even hear Dick saying to someone as they're going to commercial after the big win, "You can't do that! This is a television show!" This experience may have caused them to do away with the "audience participation."

IIRC, that's because someone wanted an autograph, no?

Ryan :)
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Supposedly, when Davidson was touring in a revival of "State Fair" only a couple of years after "Pyramid" (playing the father and doing a pretty good job, if I should say so), the bio in the program said that he would be in the lobby after the show to sign autographs.  Not the day I saw it, but perhaps other days (and since I believe he owned a theater in Branson, Missouri for a while, you best believe he was signing autographs there).

Of course, standing behind a table is not standing behind the Winner's Circle--and musical theater is something more in his true element than hosting game shows.