Just a Minute With: Bob Barker and "Priceless Memories"

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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For more than half a century, Bob Barker was a mainstay of U.S. television, hosting game shows "Truth or Consequences" and "The Price is Right," along with the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.

Barker has written about his rise to success in a memoir, "Priceless Memories." In the book he talks about his drive to succeed and the support of his late wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, as well as mentors such as the late talk show host Ralph Edwards.

He spoke to Reuters about his early career, his love of animals and being a self-made TV man.

Q: A lot of authors say they discover things about themselves or their subject when writing. What did you discover about yourself that, perhaps, you didn't already know?

A: "Well, I'd not made any notes with a book in mind, so I just sat down and started thinking. My first decision was that I wanted to write a happy book. The two shows that I have done all these years, "Truth or Consequences" and "The Price is Right," are both happy shows ... I don't make a derogatory remark about anybody. I had no intention of doing that."

Q: You worked hard to get on radio and then TV, and it seems you're very much a self-made man -- somebody who went out and made it on his own. Is that fair?

A: "Absolutely. And my wife worked right beside me. When we first came here, I had no agent, I had no manager, we hardly knew anyone. Had I known then what I know now about Hollywood, I might not have had the courage to do that."

Q: What do you know now?   Continued...

<p>Host Bob Barker introduces the "Plinko" game segment during the taping of his final episode of the game show "The Price Is Right" in Los Angeles June 6, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>