Pat Sajak

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Pat Sajak at National Memorial Day Parade, Grand Marshall, Mon 30 May 2011.

Pat Sajak (born Patrick Leonard Sajdak; October 26, 1946) is an American television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune.

Quotes[edit]

1980s-1990s[edit]

  • I would be surprised... if someone at CBS wasn't thinking that eventually Johnny's gonna retire and if we have somebody in place, we'll be in good shape.
    • in: Newsweek, Vol. 113 (1989), p. 138: Article states that "It's in the network's interest to get some kind of talk show going."

2000s[edit]

  • Television people have put blinders on and they absolutely refuse—and movie people too—to admit that they can have any influence for ill in our society. You know the argument: 'We only reflect what's going on. We do not perpetuate it.' And yet not a week goes by in this town where there's not an award ceremony where they're patting each other on the back, saying, 'You raised AIDS awareness' [or] 'There'll be no more child abuse thanks to this fine show you did.' The argument is you can only do influence for good; you can't influence for ill. That makes no sense at all.
    • Attributed to Pat Sajak, in: Bloom: A Girl's Guide to Growing Up, (2003), p. 171
  • A celebrity has just as much right to speak out as people who hold real jobs. This is America, after all, and you should not be precluded from voicing your opinions just because you sing songs, mouth other peoples' words on a sitcom or, for that matter, spin a giant multi-colored wheel on a game show.
    • 2005 column about celebrities and politics, cited in: "Sajak says...," at ;;ex-donkey.new. posted by: Gary at 04:33 PM.
  • The most important political task facing the out-of-power party— the Democrats for now— is creating a villain to run against. It's certainly easier than developing some grand new ideas or policies on which to campaign.
  • Sexual scandals are especially effective against Republicans who can then also be accused of hypocrisy inasmuch as they're always spouting off about morality and junk like that. Of course, some personal issues such as former Klan membership or leaving the scene of a fatal accident are off limits for obvious reasons
    • Pat Sajak, "Searching for the Next GOP Villain," in Human Events, 04/15/05 (online at freerepublic.com)
  • It's hard to get burned out on doing a TV show.
    • In: Chicago, Vol. 57, Nr, 1-4 (2008), p. 28
  • You better go shopping for that dog.
    • In: Wheel of Fortune, aired October 14, 2008, when revealing the prize to Michelle Loewenstein, the game's first million-dollar winner. Her husband had said they would use the grand prize to "get another dog".

2010s[edit]

  • That was also my nickname in high school.
    • Wheel of Fortune (Catchphrase sometimes used as host of the television game show after the solution to a puzzle is revealed. For example, Sajak used the catchphrase after the solution "SNICKERDOODLES" was revealed on the program that originally aired on 29 January 2018. On the program first airing 21 March 2018, when the winning solution to the final puzzle was "CHEWY JERKY," he said, "Just for mentioning my nickname in high school they won $100,000." On the program originally airing on 26 April 2018, he said, "Also known as my nickname in high school" referring to the solution "SAVORY DIP." On the program first airing 22 January 2019, when the solution was "WARM MUFFINS" he said, "That was also my nickname in high school, by the way." On the program first airing 4 March 2019, he said, "That was my nickname in high school" when the solution was "FRESH CHERRY TURNOVER.")

Quotes about Pat Sajak[edit]

  • Pat Sajak, whose new late- night talk show is scheduled to go up against Carson, says he will eschew Johnny Carson's introductory monologue to avoid the "miilisecond" of "panic" he sees in Johnny's eyes after a failed joke ("The Good Fortune of Pat Sajak," by Diane K. Shah, Dec. 11).
    • In: "PATSAJAK LATE NIGHT," The New York Times Magazine, (1989) p. ii
  • “But my question is this, how did Pat Sajak gain authority over werewolves?” Pat Sajak smiled. “I could say it was dumb luck, like a spin on my show. Or I could say it's a curse. Or I could tell you the truth."
    • K. Bennett (2012). I Ate the Sheriff, p. 94

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