80s mas­ter­mind champ says no to fans

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A pop­u­lar Toko­roa Mas­ter­mind con­tender from the eight­ies is putting an end to ru­mours that she will be back on the new se­ries.

The re­turn of the iconic show on TV One has el­e­vated Rosalyn Pit­tams back to celebrity sta­tus.

Pit­tams said she was con­stantly asked by lo­cals if she would be re­turn­ing to the small screen to com­pete.

‘‘I don’t think I can do bet­ter than I did [back then] and I’m a very com­pet­i­tive per­son and I wouldn’t want to go and make an id­iot of my­self,’’ she said.

‘‘A big part of me would re­ally love to have an­other go but com­mon­sense dic­tates I prop­erly shouldn’t.’’

Work­ing as the Dis­trict Li­brar­ian 29-years ago Pit­tams was treated like a celebrity when she came third in 1987.

‘‘You spend your life look­ing for knowl­edge for other peo­ple and if you’ve got a good mem­ory a lot of it sticks,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple were very happy about it.’’

It hadn’t dawned on her that she had won the first heat be­cause she was con­cen­trat­ing so hard on the ques­tions.

Three years later, in 1991, Pit­tams com­peted again came fifth in a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion which the host said was wrong.

Peter Sin­clair, who pre­sented at the time, told her that if she hadn’t been so lady-like about it she would have come sec­ond.

It was her ‘‘freak­ishly good mem­ory’’ that prompted her daugh­ter to tell her to, ‘‘give it a go’’.

‘‘It was fairly scary. I was think­ing shivers what have I done.

‘‘The first phase I was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied. I hon­estly thought I’d me the first per­son to get to the chair and never ut­ter a word.’’

The nerves came ‘‘right’’ and Pit­tams made it to the fi­nal three.

Nearly 30-years later the show must go on with Pit­tams happy to watch from the com­fort of her arm­chair.

Stick­ing to tra­di­tion she drives her flat­mate mad ev­ery Sun­day night shout­ing the an­swers at the screen.

‘‘I still do fairly well. Peter Sin­clair said I was one of those few con­tes­tants he could tell by my body lan­guage that I knew other peo­ple’s spe­cial­ist sub­jects as well as my own.’’

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