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Name: Robert William Barker                                                               
Born: 12 December 1923 Darrington, Washington, USA                                         
Robert William "Bob" Barker (born December 12, 1923) is a nineteen-time Emmy               
Award-winning former American television game show host. He is best known for             
hosting CBS's The Price Is Right since September 4, 1972, making it the longest-running   
daytime game show in North American television history. After holding the job             
for nearly 35 years and having been in television for 50 years, Barker retired             
in June 2007.                                                                             
Barker was born in Darrington, Washington, and spent most of his youth on the             
Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His mother, Matilda ("Tillie")                 
Valandra (nee Matilda Kent Tarleton), was a school teacher; his father, Byron             
John Barker, was an electrical power foreman, who died in a fall from a utility           
pole in 1929. Barker has a half-brother, Kent Valandra, from Matilda's                     
subsequent re-marriage. In the 1940s the family moved to Springfield, Missouri,           
where Barker graduated from Central High School. He also was in a three-piece             
jazz band called "The Scatters" in the mid-1940s.                                         
Barker attended Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, on a                 
basketball scholarship. He was a member of the Epsilon Beta Chapter of Sigma Nu           
fraternity at Drury. His education was interrupted by World War II. Barker                 
served in the Navy as a fighter pilot. However, the war ended before he was               
assigned to a seagoing squadron. After the war, he returned to Drury to finish             
his education, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics. While               
attending Drury, Barker worked his first "media job", at KTTS-FM Radio, in                 
Barker left Springfield and worked at a radio station in Florida before landing           
another radio job in California. He was hosting an audience-participation radio           
show on KNX (AM) in Los Angeles when game show producer Ralph Edwards happened             
to be listening and liked Barker's voice and style.