After 41 years and 8,000 shows, 77 year old Pat Sajak spun the “The Wheel Of Fortune” for last time last week.  His 41 years hosting the same program is the longest in television history!   One million people apply to be on the show annually.  There are 10,000 auditions. 600 are selected. That’s a .0006 chance of making it on the program!

Pat’s inspirational style: 

  • TEAMWORK:  Former Army enlistee who served in Vietnam!  Always welcoming to Veterans.  Broadcast a show from the aircraft carrier USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in Norfolk in 1995!   Been with Vanna White on the same stage since 1982!  Philanthropic.  Maintains a home in nearby Severna Park, MD and  donated a multi-million dollar cancer-care pavilion to the local Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.   
  • TONE:  Friendly.  Witty.  Shares credit. Makes his guests the stars.  Self-effacing.  When he succeeded the tall Chuck Woolery as the full time host in 1981, the much shorter Sajak opened, “Please do not adjust your sets, Chuck Woolery has not shrunk, a lot of people are playing with their vertical hold right now … I’ve been fortunate to wander onto the set of a very successful program; it has been for a very long time [since 1975] … I want to wish Chuck nothing but the best for future success and happiness.  
  • TENACITY:  Guinness Book of World Record holder for longest continuous television game show host!  3 Daytime Emmys, one Lifetime Achievement Emmy.    

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– Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Ret) is a motivational and national security keynote speaker.  He is a leadership professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the CEO of The Becker T3 Group. In 2016, The Naval Intelligence Community established “The Rear Admiral Becker ‘Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity Award for Leadership” in his honor.  To connect with Paul, visit his website: https://TheBeckerT3Group.com

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