Price Is Right Host Bob Barker Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians
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Price Is Right Host Bob Barker Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Date: September 12, 2007
By: Amy Becker
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Legendary television host Bob Barker made his first trip ever to the state Capitol to be inducted in to the Hall of Famous Missourians

Amy Becker has more from the ceremony in Jefferson City.

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Not many people know the Price is Right host went to Central High school and Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.

Barker spent the day at the capitol talking with lawmakers but not about his signature message of animal control. 

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Description: I haven't discussed anything serious with lawmakers at all.  All I've discussed is the Price is Right and Happy Gilmore.  (laughter)


Barker's statue will be housed at the state Capitol among other famous Missourians like Walter Cronkite and Jesse James.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Amy Becker KMOX news.

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Intro: The Hall of Famous Missourians boasts such names as Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, Jesse James, and Genral John J. Pershing.  Wednesday it asked one more man to come on down.

Amy Becker has more from the ceremony in Jefferson City.

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Before he asked the nation to guess the price of a refrigerator without going over, Price is Right host Bob Barker was attending high school and college in Springfield, Missouri.

Barker made his first trip ever to Jefferson City to accept a bronze statue of himself and said before it was unveiled that he hoped he looked cute.

Since retired from the legendary show, Barker reflects back on its message:

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Description: Our show was one that, we did not solve the problems of the world.  We deliberately avoided them.  What we tried to accomplish is to help people forget their troubles for an hour and to enjoy themselves and I hope that is what we have done.


Barker welcomed his statue into its new home at the capitol by giving it a kiss on the cheek.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Amy Becker, KMOX news.

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Intro:  Legendary television host Bob Barker has an impressive resume including game show host, animal rights activist, and now he can add famous Missourian to the list.

Amy Becker has more from the rotunda of the state Capitol.

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Description: Without further ado, I want to ask Bob Barker to come on down because you are going to be inducted into the next famous, Hall of Famous Missourians.  (applause)


Even Speaker Rod Jetton, who presented Barker with the honor, admitted he did not know the Price is Right host went to high school and college in Springfield, Missouri.

Barker said he had not been back to Springfield since May when he accepted an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Drury College.

Barker along with Jetton unveiled a bronze scultpure of himself that will be on display at the capitol alongside other famous Missourians such as Walt Disney and Walter Cronkite.

When asked if he spread his message of animal control to lawmakers, Barker said they had other things to ask him.

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Description:  Although I did Price is Right for 35 years, they're asking me how it was to beat up Adam Sandler?


Barker retired from the gameshow he made famous back in April and even though he appeared in the movie Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler, he doubts he will make the jump into films.

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Description: I've been asked a lot why I haven't been in more movies and I will tell you why it is because I refuse to do nude scenes.

Barker says he doesn't have a preference where they place his statue at the capitol:

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Description: I don't know the building well enough to even make a suggestion.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Amy Becker KMOX News.