Ox­ford wo­man bids big in Bur­bank

Grand­mother thinks cheer­ing for Ge­or­gia won her a spot on show

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

Kathy Stone couldn’t be­lieve it when she saw her name card flashed in front of the stu­dio.

The stay-at-home Ox­ford grand­mother had been ini­tially re­luc­tant to at­tend the tap­ing of “The Price Is Right” with the other wives from her hus­band’s work con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia. Her mother had passed away at the end of Jan­uary, and “The Price Is Right” had been one of her fa­vorite shows.

But she went, af­ter some en­cour­age­ment from her hus­band, Danny, and found her­self as one of the first four peo­ple called to “Come on down!”

The vet­ting process for the au­di­ence mem­bers was very thor­ough and took sev­eral hours, she said. When one of the staff mem­bers asked her if she was from Ge­or­gia, she whooped and cheered, “Yeah, Ge­or­gia!” She’s not sure how they pick con­tes­tants, but thinks that might have been a fac­tor.

She said when they called the names, the au­di­ence’s cheer­ing was so loud, she couldn’t hear any­thing.

The ex­cite­ment seen in the con­tes­tants was real, said Stone. “You are ex­cited.

“You do cry real tears.

“You do cry real tears. You do pee in your pants,” she said.

In one of the chal­lenges, she was able to ex­actly guess the price of an an­tique replica bar chest.

“I think that was my mother’s voice that came out,” Stone said. She had planned to guess $699, but in­stead blurted out $650.

That net­ted her an ex­tra $500 in cash and a chance to win an­other $16,000.

“My mouth was so dry,” she re­called, as she watched a tape of the show.

For the next chal­lenge, she had to match prod­ucts with their prices. She was able to link the cor­rect price for the first two prod­ucts, for which she won $4,000, but wisely de­cided the

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Hooray: Kathy Stone, with the num­ber and name card used to call her to “come on down” dur­ing a tap­ing of “The Price is Right.”

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