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BOBIE-LEE DIXON

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His hometown of Point Fortin and perhaps every proud Trinidadian would be tuning in on Friday to watch Arthur Joseph compete for ‘big money’ on one of America’s longest-running game shows—ABC’s Wheel of Fortune.

On his Facebook page, which includes a profile picture of one of the many photos, he shares with retired Miami Heat basketball player

Dwyane Wade, an elated Joseph disclosed the good news on his timeline last Monday as he wrote: “Look…it’s me on Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak and Vanna White, next Friday 26 February on ABC 7:30 pm.”

A media alert sent last Sunday to Guardian Media from Wheel of Fortune’s publicity and promotions co-ordinator, Erica Laible, noted Joseph, a cruise line vacation planner, and aspiring actor, had been a fan of the game show since the 1980s. The alert said, Joseph also hoped to take his mother on vacation back to his homeland with any cash winnings he may win.

The alert explained Joseph, 50, applied to be a contestant at WheelofFortune.com. He then participated in a virtual audition and was subsequently invited to be a contestant on the show.

Of this opportunity, Joseph in an email interview told Guardian Media, it felt surreal.

“I had watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune since I was in elementary school, and I always dreamt of being on one of these shows,” he wrote.

He added, “These two shows actually aided my education at Point Fortin College, by opening my mind to new facts that I then would go and research the next day, which assisted me in graduating at the top of the school at A-Levels in 1989. I just say all this to emphasise how unreal and exciting this is to now be a contestant on this show.”

Joseph shared the funny story behind eventually receiving the news that his audition made it.

“I didn’t hear from them for a couple of months so I thought I didn’t make the cut. But funny story, the day that I got the email, I was in the grocery, and I was so ecstatic I started screaming, people thought I was crazy. So .that’s one grocery I am no longer allowed back in,” he said.

Responding to Guardian Media’s question about any special preparation for the show, Joseph said he been studying via the Wheel of Fortune app and utilising crossword puzzles and word games. He said some good friends have also been helping him along in the preparation process.

Added to the vacation he would send his mother on, should ‘good fortune’ prevail, Joseph said he would buy himself a new car.

Joseph, who currently lives in Glendale California and also wears the hat of a stand-up comedian, migrated to the US in 2004, first living in Miami Florida for 12 years where he worked as a personal vacation planner for Carnival Cruise Lines before embarking on projects like US game show Deal or No Deal and American television series Burn Notice.

In previous interviews, he spoke of his involvement in television and film projects such as the American television panel show—To Tell The Truth; the television game show, Let’s Make a Deal; the American comedy-drama, The Kominsky, and the US film titled Seen Already.

Wheel of Fortune ranks as the longest-running syndicated game show in the United States, with 7,000 episodes taped and aired as of May 10, 2019.