SF State Students Spin 'Wheel of Fortune'
Christy Stratos and Weston Green try their luck on College Week
April 20, 2004 7:50 PM
Two SF State students competed for big cash and prizes Sunday night, when “Wheel of Fortune” taped three weeks worth of shows at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Christy Stratos, a 22-year-old accounting major, and Weston Green, an 18-year-old cinema major, played on the show’s “College Week,” where students get the chance to play and represent their school.
Harry Friedman, executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune,” said he decided to film in San Francisco because of its landmarks, history, education and arts.
“We’ve wanted to come back to the city since the last time we filmed here eight years ago,” he said. “College Week is one of our favorite weeks, and we’ve noticed that the Bay Area gives us great contestants. We also realized it would be more fun, since we are filming here to have local universities presented.”
Stratos said she decided to do the show because she was a fan and felt like doing it. “I was watching the show, and they announced College Week and gave out some basic info. I signed up, and later got an e-mail to audition. Generally, I signed up because I love watching games shows, and the money is really good.”
Green said he did it because he had nothing better to do. “I was at the Metreon when I saw a flyer for the show. I was kind of bored, so I just went for it. I’m not a very big fan of the show, but I thought it would be cool.”
Both contestants prepared for the big day in their own unique ways.
Stratos said she watched the show more often and played the game online.
Green purchased the Playstation 2 version of the game and bought the book “Winning on the Wheel.” He even came up with a strategy to win. “I’m concentrating on prefixes and suffixes and strange words. I’m also just going to be very energetic and stay focused on what I have to do.”
Green played after her, at 8:30 p.m., going up against opponents from UC Davis and the University of San Francisco.
No matter how they did, it was clear that there was a lot of love for SF State that night. Before the taping of Stratos’ game, the warm-up guy asked groups of students to cheer when he mentioned their school’s name. When he hollered for SF State, the crowd went wild, cheering and screaming as loud as they could.
It was so loud, he declared, “Well, it looks like SF State won that one.” The crowd went wild again when Stratos and Green were introduced in their respective games.
After the game, Stratos was in awe of being on the show. “I’m still in shock, very excited. I’m really glad with how I did. I’ll admit, at one point I got greedy, but I still had a lot of fun.”
Green, however, downplayed his performance. “I made some honest mistakes. Like I say: You go big, or go home. And I went big. I had fun though. I enjoyed my friends and fraternity coming out to cheer me on, especially loudly. If I could, I’d do it again.”
For those who want to know how well Stratos and Green did, watch “Wheel of Fortune” on May 20 and 21.
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