Episode 55: Smollop: Michael Larson

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Who knows what knowledge you might accrue from watching 12 TVs for 4 years?
–Gareth

Press Your Luck at IMDb

  • First episode: Sep 19, 1983
  • Last episode: Sep 26, 1986
  • Number of episodes: 758
  • Creator: Bill Carruthers
  • Network: CBS
  • Host: Peter Tomarken

 
Press Your Luck Facebook community and game
In 2010, Michael’s ex-wife, Teresa, and his brother, James, were interviewed for the “Million Dollar Idea” episode of This American Life.
Band names from this episode:

  • Pleasure Time Inc.
  • Ponzi Scheme
  • Serial Number

Okay, what shiny item does Carla get distracted by? Follow me down the rabbit hole: The Press Your Luck Whammy was animated by Savage Steve Holland, and, if you do not know who that is, I am likely old enough to be your mother. Also, I am providing links below for you to remedy this dire situation. Ahem. Savage Steve Holland directed some of the quirkiest movies to come out of the 1980’s, including Better Off Dead (“It be a shame when people be throwing away a perfectly good white boy like that.”), One Crazy Summer, and, my personal favorite, How I Got into College. Get busy, darlings, you have movie-viewing homework. I am dangling John Cusack, Taylor Negron, and Lara Flynn Boyle in front of you, let’s do this!
Press Your Luck DVD
American Justice – Quiz Show Scandal and Other Frauds
Quiz Show

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