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Lessons learned at the ‘Wheel of Fortune’

January 15, 2016 by Brandman University
Len Legotte during his "Wheel of Fortune" taping. It aired Jan. 5 in L.A. and San Diego.

Len Legotte during his “Wheel of Fortune” taping. It aired Jan. 5 in L.A. and San Diego.

By Leonard (Len) Legotte

The “Wheel of Fortune” was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  I now have proof, that the show is more difficult in the studio, than on my couch in La Mesa.

Fortunately, the show allowed me to mention Brandman University in my introduction to Pat Sajak. For those who do not know me – aside from being an adjunct faculty member at Brandman, teaching accounting and finance classes to graduate and undergraduate students – I enjoy running and staying healthy. My wife and I have two sons – Joseph, 24, and Nicholas, 22.

I correctly answered two puzzles, earning $2,600.  For those who watched the show, on the “Hammer and Nail Polish” puzzle, I could have spun at least one more time, but as I looked down, the “Lose a Turn” wedge was right in front of me. Therefore, I solved that puzzle immediately.

I also recorded a promotion for my local television NBC 7 San Diego, and a clip showing viewers part of my introduction was shown on the local 5 p.m. news:  “ A few years back, I lost about 50 pounds leading to completing three half marathons and one full marathon.”

After the show, relatives on the East Coast informed me they saw me on the “Today” show, when Al Roker visited the “Wheel of Fortune” set and taping was in the background for a brief time.

Since six shows are taped in one day, I was able to meet all of the contestants for “Fun and Fit” week, to begin the new year.

Watching the show at home with my family on Jan. 5, was surreal and, honestly, a bit uncomfortable. I am not used to seeing myself on television or on video.

Yes, I did have to put on make-up, as the camera zoom can be harsh. At 54 years of age, that was an interesting experience. All of the cast and crew at the station were professional, and were a positive influence on the show.

As for Brandman University, I was thrilled to see that there were commercials aired, not only on the night of my show, but throughout the week as well!

Lastly, one contestant asked for my advice after I taped my show. She taped the last show, which will air on March 17. I do not know if what I told her made any difference, but she did well.

Teaching must be part of my personality, as I teach even when I am not at Brandman University! This experience will result in a new 2016 goal of creating video lectures for my students.

About the author

Leonard (Len) Legotte, MBA, is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business and Professional Studies. He teaches accounting and finance courses, including financial statement analysis, business finance and, at the graduate level, financial reporting and analysis and data analysis for decision-making. His teaching assignments have taken him to several Southern California campuses as well as online.

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