OTTAWA — If your weekday schedule is such that you don’t watch much
daytime television, then you probably haven’t caught the classic game
show “The Price is Right” in a while. But if you are a Putnam County
native, or better still, are acquainted with Ottawa resident Ruth
Drerup, you probably made sure to catch the episode that aired on June
Ruth Drerup, Ottawa, was able to check a big item off her
bucket list on April 15 when she appeared as a contestant on the
daytime-TV staple “The Price is Right”.
As Drerup herself will
tell you, everyone that knows her has been forewarned not to call her
during the 11 o’clock hour, Monday through Friday, because she watches
the show and has since the early days of its airing on CBS.
is such a fan that last Christmas her children presented her with a
large envelope, one which was designed to resemble the price tag nametag
worn by each “The Price is Right” contestant. The envelope contained
tickets to the show as well as a fluorescent green shirt imprinted with
“Ottawa, Ohio loves Drew Carey”. For those out of the loop, Carey took
over as host of the show in 2007.
“I don’t think she believed she
was going until we booked the plane tickets,” said Drerup’s daughter
Mary Jo Williams. Williams and her sisters Laurie Keifer-Drerup and Lynn
Maag accompanied their mother to California as well as in “The Price is
Although the show was filmed in April, Drerup
wasn’t allowed by the show’s producers to let anyone know how she fared
as a contestant until the episode rolled out to viewers around the
world. In honor of the big reveal, the Drerups hosted a party at the
Ottawa American Legion Post 63 on June 11. Friends and family packed the
hall and crowded around every television to watch Drerup play the game
that means so much to her.
Up to the moment that the show’s theme
music cued-up and the cameras panned the April 15 gameshow audience,
Drerup and her daughters had been holding their collective breaths.
According to Drerup, if the episode failed to air, any prizewinnings
would be forfeit.
Her patient silence paid off. Because Drerup was
able to keep mum about not only making it up on stage, spinning the
wheel to land on a solid $100 which allowed her to move as one of two
final contestants in the final showcase (she won), she will now be able
to claim her big prize of a trips to Seattle, Portugal and Australia—a
prize package valued up to $41,000.
“Glad the cat’s finally out of the bag!” said Maag.