We were years from the creation of the internet. Berber carpet was the it-fashion of ranch-style homes on every suburban block. Your bike had a banana seat and you definitely owned either a pair of Zubas or Jelly shoes.
And at night, Pat Sajak and Vanna White filled the screen of your family’s 13-inch kitchen TV set with the glorious half-hour of entertainment that is Wheel of Fortune.
Pat cracked jokes and managed three contestants and the giant wheel. Vanna clapped and spun 2-foot tall letter blocks (did you know they’re officially called trilons?!) around to reveal consonants and vowels.
Pat and Vanna have been on the puzzle-solving game show since 1981 and 1982 respectively, making the pair one of the longest-running duos in TV history.
But all good things must come to an end: Pat Sajak announced this week that the upcoming fall season, the 41st for the show, will be his last.
Say it ain’t so, Pat!
Reaction to the beloved game show host’s announcement has been filled with the kind of nostalgia a four-decade run on television is bound to produce.
Hard to even say what memories come to mind with wheel of fortune. For 1 playing along with my grandparents who have not been around for yrs. I can still see my young self getting excited to play the wheel with them.
— Roxi the Rottweiler (@rottdaddi) June 13, 2023
Some of my fondest memories were of watching you and Vanna and Wheel of Fortune with My Mom (RIP). You brought much happiness to many people.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) June 12, 2023
It has others recalling the many hilarious solving flubs we’ve all enjoyed (and wondered how Pat didn’t break down laughing over).
With Pat Sajak’s announcement that he’ll be done after 41 seasons, it’s time for people to roll out “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle-solving disasters under his watch… starting w/this one pic.twitter.com/Z4wluzYaXZ
— Charles T (@ChuckyT3) June 13, 2023
And one fan proposed what has to be the best possible retirement plan:
Would it be possible for you to stick around and host @Jeopardy for a season or two?
— Matt Beebe (@TheMattBeebe) June 13, 2023
Sign us up for that, right? Best of luck to a legend in his retirement . . . we will miss you on our screens!