Almanac

Community - June 29, 2011

Stanford MBA attains a life goal

Atherton resident appears on TV's 'The Price is Right'

by Caitlin Moyles

Atherton resident Joseph O'Brien, 28, scratched one thing off his bucket list when he appeared on "The Price is Right," a CBS game show where contestants compete to win cash and prizes by bidding on the price of merchandise.

"It was really surreal spinning the Big Wheel onstage," said Mr. O'Brien, who graduated earlier this month with an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. "I'm a huge fan of the show. My brother and I used to make our parents come in early from the beach on vacation to watch it."

Mr. O'Brien and a group of friends decided to take a road trip to the CBS Studio Center in Hollywood to audition, he said. After a round of interviews, Mr. O'Brien made it onto the show.

"Drew Carey made fun of me a lot for having a Stanford MBA and being on the show," Mr. O'Brien said. "He's a pretty funny guy."

Mr. O'Brien said he won a bedroom set, a mattress, some E-readers worth $8,354, and a flat screen TV worth $1,800.

The episode aired on Tuesday, June 14. To view it online, enter "The Price is Right" in a search engine.

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