There is more to Bob Barker than meets the eye, but unfortunately it probably will never surface. He was born in Darrington, Washington, for instance. Darrington is a logging town where people were still packing pistols twenty years ago (could still be for all I know). It was the real wild west when Bob was born. In fact, giving birth there qualifies his mother as a pioneer woman of the first water.
Second, his childhood was primarily spent on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, where his mother taught school--another sign of her indomitable spirit. Who WAS this woman?
name was Matilda ("Tilly") Valandra, but Bob's original
name was Robert William Barker. Was Matilda married to a Valandra
prior to going to South Dakota? Valandra is an unusual name, but it
isn't unusual on the Rosebud Reservation. Was Matilda either divorced
or widowed when she moved to South Dakota, later marrying a tribal
member? The biography states that Bob went to high school in Missouri
so the family moved eventually.
I must admit that prior to doing this digging, I thought Bob Barker was uninteresting since I am neither a fan of the Miss USA Pageant nor The Price is Right. In fact, the best thing about Bob was the fact that Lynda Barry's ancient poodle was named Bob Barker. Now, however, I am terribly curious.
helps, but it doesn't answer all of the questions. Bob Barker sure
had an interesting, admirable, and accomplished mother, that much
is certain. Oh, and that the apple didn't fall far from the tree--that's true, too.
Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Epimachus Alexander and Companions, Saint Finnian of Clonard, Saint Corentin or Cury, Saint Edburga, and Saint Vicelin.
Celebrating birthdays today: Mayim Bialik (1975), Bob Barker (1923).