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Contest prize not trivial

August 15, 2006|by JANET HEIM

On Aug. 4, Susan Baylor didn't get a chance to watch the morning TV show "Live with Regis and Kelly" as usual. Instead, she was busy helping her 21-year-old daughter, Cambria, pack for medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As they packed, the TV was on in the background of their east Hagerstown home. Baylor remembers walking through the kitchen while Michael Nouri, who appeared in the movie "Flashdance," was being interviewed.

That was all Baylor saw of Friday's show.

Last Monday morning at 8 a.m., the Baylors' phone rang and it was a staff member of "Live with Regis and Kelly." Baylor's online entry for the show's Trivia A Go-Go sweepstakes had been selected and she would have the opportunity to answer a trivia question when they called her back at 9 a.m.

The trivia questions could be from any of the previous week's shows, but are generally from the show the day before. Baylor said some viewers take notes as they watch, in case they get called.

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Baylor realized she was at a disadvantage because she didn't get to watch Friday's show. Her sons - Justin, 20, who will be a junior at James Madison University, and Brennen, 16, who will be a junior at Boonsboro High School - went online to see if they could find any information about the previous week's shows.

On Monday's show, host Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelo, was filling in for Regis and he spun the wheel to determine what Baylor's prize would be. Twenty 2006 Hyundai Sonatas were being given away, along with trips, merchandise and gift certificates.

Baylor said she was hoping to win the car, but if the wheel landed on the wild spot, she would win a trip to St. Croix, the travel destination she selected out of a choice of four.

To the amazement of Baylor and her two sons, the wheel stopped at the car. Baylor braced herself for the question.

"In what 1983 film did we say Michael Nouri starred?"

Without hesitation, Baylor gave the correct answer - "Flashdance" - and won the car. She said she enjoyed the movie when it came out in the '80s and would have known the answer even if she hadn't seen Nouri briefly on Friday's show.

Baylor said she thinks her sons and husband were in shock when she told them the news, and that it won't seem real until they have the car in their possession.

The surprise gift came two days after Baylor's birthday, but she said most likely she will be giving it to Brennen. He has completed driver's education and can take the test to get his driver's license once he's completed the required 60 hours of driving, probably sometime in the fall.

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