LAKEWOOD-Today at 11 a.m. on CBS, Stanley "Michael" Johnson, 20, of Lakewood, will be starring in the game show "The Price is Right."
Johnson and his family cannot discuss the content and outcomes of the show prior to its airing, but he said it will be a very exciting episode.
Johnson went to Los Angeles with his mother, Lisa Johnson; his two aunts, Lori Judd, of Brockport, and Amy Kozachuk, of Syracuse; and his grandmother, MaryAnn Lindquist, of Lakewood, to celebrate Lindquist's 80th birthday. During their time there, they attended tapings of the game shows "The Price is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal."
Amy Kozachuk, Lori Judd, MaryAnn Lindquist, Stanley “Michael” Johnson and Lisa Johnson stand in front of “The Price is Right” wheel.
"The Price is Right" chooses four contestants who compete for a prize of some kind. Contestants guess the prices of items, and the winner of the game goes up on the stage. The contestants who make it to the stage compete for the "showcase," a large prize of some kind.
Even though the show was taped at 10 a.m., the family stood in line at 4:30 a.m. to be first in line. They were then ushered through different waiting rooms, with each contestant answering a brief 10-second interview.
"I just remember it was so loud in the studio when they say your name, you can't even hear them," Johnson said. "They have cue cards-they hold up these giant cards. I saw my name and at first I didn't believe it."
Johnson grew up watching "The Price is Right," watching the show when he was home sick from school or visiting his grandparents. His grandmother, MaryAnn Lindquist, or more affectionately known as "Grandma GoGo," had attended four tapings of "The Price is Right" with her daughters 10 years ago, but no one in the family had been chosen to participate in the show during that time.
"I watched it ("The Price is Right") whenever I could," Lindquist said. She was very excited when her grandson got chosen to participate in the gameshow. Lindquist will be returning to Los Angles in December for her birthday, where she will be attending more tapings of "The Price is Right."
Johnson currently attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. After school he hopes to become an air traffic controller.