When Adam Wilson didn't hear back from the folks at "Wheel of Fortune," he put aside the idea of appearing on the show. Then he got a letter alerting him that he had been chosen and had two weeks to get himself to Los Angeles for an Oct. 3 taping.
The episode in which he appears will air Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. on WTVC NewsChannel 9.
Wilson, 33, who lives in Rossville and works at National Seating and Mobility, which makes wheelchairs for severely disabled individuals, flew to Los Angeles on Oct. 2 and returned immediately after taping on Oct. 3.
He had applied online to be on the show and was invited in June to submit a 30-second video application. He was then asked to audition in person in Atlanta.
"They told me if I was selected I'd get a letter within two weeks and when it never came, I forgot about it," he said.
Contestants are required to pay their own way to California for the show, but even the third-place finisher is promised $1,000. Wilson said he is not allowed to reveal how he did on the show, but said the experience was better than he imagined.
Wilson said his segment, which was determined by drawing a numbered golf ball, was the last of six filmed that day, and that the previous five had holiday themes.
"Mine was called 'America's Game,'" he said.
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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...