Story Number: NNS140325-01Release Date: 3/25/2014 12:34:00 AM
From USS San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A Sailor assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) was a featured guest on an episode of 'The Price is Right' March 13.
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Thomas Applebaum, along with 14 other San Diego Sailors, attended a taping in January during a divisional day off.
After receiving authorized liberty from the command, the division was excited to attend the filming.
"I had never been on a TV show before, so I thought it would be interesting to go," said Applebaum. "Everybody was pretty pumped up, and I was pretty positive one of us going to get called up."
When Applebaum heard his name was selected from the studio audience to "come on down," he was shocked.
"It's actually really loud in there, they have music playing pretty loud, and then they called my name and it took a second to really register. Then I realized, 'Oh, wait, that's me!'"
Applebaum made his way to the front and began the game.
"I didn't bid correctly on the first one, I bid too low, but then I changed up my strategy. I just bid $1 higher than the highest amount. And then it was a very surreal stage, when I went up and gave Drew Carey a handshake."
Applebaum was also able to win his game, "Beat the Clock," and his spin on the big wheel to clinch his place in the showcase finale. Unfortunately, his winning streak ended when his bid was just over the showcase amount by $250.
"I didn't care about losing the showcase, I just couldn't believe it was actually happening, and I had already won some stuff."
Applebaum won an assortment of cash and prizes, including a trip to New Orleans.
"Its definitely a once in a lifetime experience," said Applebaum. "I suggest everyone go to a show like 'The Price is Right.' You never know what's going to happen!"
Senior Chief Electronics Technician Chris Wright coordinated the opportunity to take advantage of the short commute from San Diego to Los Angeles and to give his Sailors a fun, team-building event.
"I arranged this trip for CE division due to the outstanding job they have done in getting San Diego ready for deployment. They passed every certification and inspection with record-setting marks," said Wright.
San Diego (LPD 22), homeported at Naval Base San Diego, is conducting training and certification for her maiden deployment in mid-2014.
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