Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
1946 – Patrick Leonard Sajdak, born on the 26th of October in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known as the host of the popular and long-running American television game show, Wheel of Fortune.
1965 – His first chance to broadcast came when his name was drawn on WLS Radio’s “Dick Biondi Show” to be a “Guest Teen Deejay.”
1968 – Left Columbia after only three years, joined the U.S. Army, and was promptly sent to Vietnam.
1970 – He finished his military career at the Pentagon.
1971 – He became the nighttime disc jockey at a 250-watt station in Southeastern Kentucky. It took about a year for this 25-year-old to look around and come to the conclusion that his career was not exactly “taking off”.
1977 – KNBC-TV was looking for a weatherman, and they spotted him in Nashville and hired him to be their full-time weatherman.
1981 – He called and asked whether he would be interested in taking over for Chuck Woolery, who was leaving “Wheel of Fortune” a daytime game show on NBC, after seven years as host.
1983 – The nighttime version of the show went on the air in September, and it has been the Number One program in syndicated television ever since.
1989 – He began doing a late-night talk show on CBS. While it ran less than a year and a half, he calls it the most enjoyable 18 months of his career. It was during the run of that show that he met Lesly Brown, who became his wife on New Year’s Eve.