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Crown Jewels Double Feature

Crown Jewels Double Feature

Part One:
He really does care about the animals.
Long-time host of “The Price is Right,” Bob Barker, puts his money where his mouth is and does as he says. During his time as host of the nationally syndicated CBS game show, Barker often ended broadcasts with advice to the audience to “keep your pets spayed and neutered” and “help control the pet population.” Even after his hosting days are long gone, the 89-year old Barker enjoys the remaining fruits of his retirement labor and stays active in persevering the wildlife environment.

Two weeks ago, Barker donated nearly $1 million to rescue elephants. The former host, who is famous for thanking his audience before every broadcast for their “warm, wonderful welcome,” wanted to make sure three elephants made a safe transfer to the California Performing Animal Welfare Society from a Canadian zoo safe and sound.

After his generous donation, Barker told Sacramento Fox 40 news station, “I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes. I’ve discovered that the older I get, the easier it is to cry.”

Barker watched elephants Iringa, Thinga and Toka explore their new 2,000 acre home. He was so humble about it and felt obligated to help the animals in need. Barker felt like he had no choice but to give back.

“I had a job that I loved. I was very well paid for it, and now I’m spending my money. I intend to die broke,” he said.

Barker hosted “The Price is Right” from 1972–2007, so it’s hard to imagine that he’s just now starting to go on a spending spree with his cash. However, what he did for those elephants was the reason he was so beloved for years on American television screens. I must say that for all my years of watching the show, I’ve never seen a more appreciative and humble TV host in my life than Barker. The lengths he goes to just to brighten their day a little bit is so admirable.

On the show, even if you didn’t win the wheel spin or lost the showcase, Bob made you feel like a winner in his book because he genuinely thought you were. There’s no wonder why the female contestants wanted to kiss him on the cheek before he played.

Through all the years he was on TV, Barker made you feel like you were apart of the show. He made you feel so included that you wanted to be in the California studio audience and join him for a taping. Seriously, what can I say? No offense Drew Carey, but it’s just not the same anymore without “Good ‘Ol Bob.”

I don’t think there will ever be anyone else quite like him. Sometimes in life, you have one person who surfaces once in a full moon. Barker is certainly one of those people and he’s a constant reminder that humanity still exists in the world. Thanks a lot Bob for letting us “come on down” to your heart and giving us a place to stay any time of the day.

Part Two:

Kevin Hart’s last name is a great indicator of the person he is.

Hart has entertained in films and standup showcases such as “Laugh at My Pain,” “Let Me Explain,” and “Think Like a Man.” Now, we have a whole new reason to be a fan of his.

The star standup comedian opened up his wallet and his heart last week to a school district who went through a year of devastating budget cuts.

Last Wednesday, Hart announced he would donate $250,000 to the Philadelphia school district of which he is an alumnus. The 34-year old said in an Instagram video that the money will be used to buy brand new computers.

“Philadelphia, a.k.a the city of brotherly love,” he said to his hometown in the video. “I just heard about all the trouble the schools district is going through. So, I took it upon myself to take $250,000 and put it in the school system to buy new computers. Not because somebody told me to, because I love you, and I put on for my city,” Hart told the Huffington Post.

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter thanked Hart for his kind hearted donation in a statement.

“I want to thank Kevin Hart for his generous donation to our schools, recreation centers and citizen’s of all ages,” he said. “These computers will have a very meaningful impact on Philadelphia.”

That summer, 24 schools in the city closed its doors and thousands of employees were laid off. In late September, a 12-year old male student died after feeling sick at school. The death led his father to believe the tragedy could have been prevented if the school had money for a full-time nurse.

Hopefully, with his donation, the kids in these schools will have the necessary tools they need to succeed in their academic endeavors. Hart has always been counted on to provide a “laugh and a half” for his audience, but this charitable gift just reassures how genuine of a person he truly is.
I think it’s safe to say we can all forgive him for “Soul Plane” once and for all after this check.

By Brian Jerry

Sports Editor