OBERLIN — “Come on down!”
Anyone who has been at home on a weekday morning knows what those three words mean and what follows.
“You’re the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right.’”
Only, Tad Cowling wasn’t home when he heard them.
He was a member of the live studio audience when he and his wife, Caron, were vacationing in California late last year.
And he was called out to be a contestant.
“It was cool,” said Cowling, who runs Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., in Oberlin. “The whole experience was just so cool.”
Cowling was one of nine people selected from a group of 300 to appear on stage.
“It was a really long day,” he said. “You start at 11 a.m. and you go in and have your picture taken in front of the green screen. They give you your big yellow name tag, which you write your name on, then you go through the interview process. They split you into groups of
35 and they go through and interview you one by one. Of course, they’re looking for personalities. But you only have about 10 seconds to make an impression, and you don’t know if you were picked until they call your name (on the show).”
After the interviews, everyone goes through security, and then you wait. And wait. And wait.
“But what we didn’t know is that whole time we were waiting, they were watching us on cameras,” Cowling said. “There was one gal about 15 people away from me, and she was just laughing. She was loud. It was almost obnoxious. But it was funny. Of course, she was picked.”
The Cowlings went to California for the Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers game and some sightseeing. Caron Cowling applied for tickets to “The Price is Right” since they were going to be out there.
“When I was a little boy, I watched it with my mom when I was sick and home from school as a kid,” Cowling said. “As an adult, I’ve watched it with Drew being from Cleveland. In order to become a contestant, you have to make yourself known and seen.”
That’s just what the Cowlings did with a couples shirt. Caron Cowling’s shirt read “Drew Carey + Cleveland Browns” and Tad Cowling’s shirt read “= Cleveland Rocks.”
It got Carey’s attention.
“It was all just such a neat experience,” Cowling said.
Cowling will be on the show at 11 a.m. today on CBS. He and his wife are having a watch party at Ziggy’s Pub & Restaurant in Amherst.
Contact Christina Jolliffe at 329-7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.