• Suffolk Student to Appear on Wheel of Fortune

10/1/2008

Peter DiMauro became a game show fan when most children sitting in front of the television were fascinated by cartoons.

“I started watching game shows when I was a little boy,” recalled the Saugus native.  “The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, The $25,000 Pyramid – I watched them all.  And I always wanted to be a contestant on one of them.”

Well, DiMauro’s wish has finally come true.  The Suffolk University junior will appear on Wheel of Fortune on October 7, competing against two other individuals for the top prize before a nationwide audience.  The show was actually taped on August 7 in Los Angeles, an intense experience that DiMauro will always remember.

He readily admits that, in the beginning, when on stage for the world to see, he could have used an aspirin more than a vowel.  “It was very nerve-racking at first because there is so much you have to think about,” explained the bright 20-year-old.  “But after playing through a few puzzles, I was more relaxed and able to concentrate on what I was doing.”

The Wheel of Fortune, located in Los Angeles, tapes six shows a day (DiMauro was the youngest of the 18 people competing on August 7) and the contestants are required to be in attendance four hours before the taping begins.  “You spend a lot of time doing things like practice spinning the wheel,” laughed  DiMauro, who is not permitted by game show rules to say how he did on the show.  He describes host Pat Sajak as “very funny who made everyone feel comfortable,” and the ever-popular Vanna White as “a nice person who jokingly refers to herself as the ‘letter turner.”’
 
“This was a very exciting, once-in-a lifetime experience,” said Peter DiMauro.  “It is something I will never forget.”

DiMauro, who has been involved in acting for most of his life, has participated in various projects as part of the Performing Arts Office at Suffolk.  He is an excellent student and a biology major (his goal is to become a high school teacher).  Because of his low-key manner, his appearance on Wheel of Fortune opened the eyes of at least one person who knows him well.

“Peter is a delightful surprise of a young man; his quiet and unassuming demeanor masks a tremendous amount of talent and drive,” said Kristin Baker, director of the Performing Arts Office at Suffolk University.  “So on one level I was surprised to hear he was on Wheel of Fortune – because I didn't know he was a wordsmith, and on another not surprised at all – because he is the sort of student who can accomplish anything he puts his mind to.”

Give him an “I” for impressive.

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