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This item originally appeared in the October 7, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

By ERIN HOPKINS

Staff Writer

"Lici Baker, come on down."

Baker, a junior education major, got the chance to go to a taping of the "Price is Right" in July while visiting one of her sisters in California.

A show including Baker will air Oct. 14.

Baker never thought she would be one of the contestants of her favorite game show and get the opportunity to talk to Bob Barker.

"It was so surreal. I mean, it's Bob Barker," Baker said.

"I knew as soon as I heard we were going to the 'Price is Right' that I wanted to wear my Louisiana Tech sweatshirt," Baker said.

Baker said she has been watching the "Price is Right" at her grandmother's house since she was young and knew it was something she wanted to do.

"It was always one of those magical things that you see on TV all your life," Baker said.

Baker said she and her family had waited in a long line since 4 a.m. She was one of 325 people who received the yellow name tag, which meant she was going to get to be in the studio.

Baker said when they got into the studio, the show started right away. The announcer started calling people down to the front, and her name was one of them.

"I just wanted to be there, I didn't really care if they called me," Baker said.

Becky McLaurin, one of Baker's sisters, was also one of the people chosen to go in the studio.

"She always thought it would be neat to be on the 'Price is Right,' " McLaurin said.

"We were really excited and surprised when we heard her name."

The experience for Baker was heightened when one of her bids on a china cabinet won and even more so when she got the chance to spin the wheel.

"I was walking down, and I realized I would get to spin the big wheel," Baker said.

"It's been part of my dream, it was so exciting."

In addition to the china cabinet she won, Baker was also able to get an autographed picture of Bob Barker.

Her experience was one that she says she will not forget.

"You see the studio and all of Hollywood, and it's a much smaller place than what you would think," Baker said.

"It's still very bright and colorful," Baker said she told her friends when she returned from California.

"She's really lucky, and I am really excited for her," Anna Thomas, Baker's roommate and a junior marketing major, said.

"I wasn't surprised when she told me though, that kind of thing happens to her all the time."


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