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October 30, 2013

Family takes 'Price Is Right' fan of more than 40 years to live show

ANDERSON, Ind. —

“Come on down!” It was 1972 when Bob Barker took the helm on “The Price Is Right.” Bette Elijah was watching Barker's very first episode, and she was hooked.

Elijah rarely missed a show throughout the years. At 88 years old, the Anderson resident still loves the show, now emceed by Drew Carey.

“It’s just so entertaining,” said Elijah, with a sparkle in her eye. “I sit there and giggle.”

Not only did Elijah love the host, Bob Barker, but she had a pretty good batting average on the guessing game.

“I try. It’s fun. Sometimes, I hit it right on the mark,”said Elijah.

“It’s something she’s always loved to watch,” said daughter Susie Rhule. “Our whole family knows not to call during the time the show is on, unless it is an emergency, of course.”

Elijah’s mom, Helen Blueher, used to watch the show as well. Elijah would call her on the phone as soon as the show was over each day.

Elijah was such a big fan that her husband, Jack, gave her the nickname, “Mrs. Barker.” He’ll say things like, “Mrs. Barker, would you like a cup of coffee?”

When the family learned a couple of months ago that “The Price Is Right” was coming to Muncie's Emens Auditorium on Oct. 23, there was no doubt about what to do.

“The minute we heard, we said, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve got to go,’” said Rhule. Eight tickets were purchased, with a plan for all the women in the family to go together.

“(We) wrote letters to 'The Price Is Right' explaining the story,” said Rhule, who was hopeful that her mom would get tapped for a little of the spotlight that night.

About a month ago, the gals met up at an Anderson restaurant to strategize how to maximize their chances of getting Elijah chosen from the audience to ‘come on down.’

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