Winning on the wheel

February 23, 2009

Issaquah man banks big on game show

Steve Pelikan (above) wears a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ T-shirt at the house party he and Victoria gave for friends for the broadcast of the taped TV show. At left, Victoria Pelikan, husband Steve and his mother Sharon Pelikan (from left) share the stage on the pretaped ‘Wheel of Fortune’ program as his total winnings are broadcast on the Pelikan family TV.By Greg Farrar

Steve Pelikan (above) wears a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ T-shirt at the house party he and Victoria gave for friends for the broadcast of the taped TV show. At left, Victoria Pelikan, husband Steve and his mother Sharon Pelikan (from left) share the stage on the pretaped ‘Wheel of Fortune’ program as his total winnings are broadcast on the Pelikan family TV.By Greg Farrar

The centerpiece on “Wheel of Fortune” — the famous disk decked out like a pack of Fruit Stripe gum and divided into wedges for cash and prizes — is a two-ton behemoth. So, when it was time for Issaquah resident Steve Pelikan to spin the wheel last month, he was told by stagehands, “Pull as hard as you can and then push as hard as you can.” Read more

Way of the wheel

February 9, 2009

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Steve Pelikan, a technical analyst and writer from Issaquah, stands beside “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak. Pelikan is a contestant on the episode that will air Feb. 16 on KOMO-TV, channel 4. Contributed