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How an Asian legend became an answer on Wheel of Fortune

When you’ve been on Bay Area television since the 1970’s, its an understatement to say you’re a Bay Area legend.

David Louie put a stamp on that label when he surprisingly became an answer, albeit an incorrect one, on Wheel of Fortune.

Louie joined ABC7 News in San Francisco as a reporter in 1972 becoming just the second Asian American on TV news in the San Francisco market after Christopher Chow. Jacqueline Rios of Pinole has been watching Louie on the news for years.

So when she became a contestant on Wheel of Fortune and it came time to solve the puzzle, David Bowie be damned. When she saw the clues DA_ID _O_IE the first name that came to mind was her favorite reporter.

Louie tracked Rios down and asked her about her little blunder.


When interviewed by David Louie, she said, “I was just under so much pressure, and I thought of you and ABC7 since I grew up watching you guys, and that’s the first thing that came to my mind. So that’s what I said, and I instantly knew it was incorrect. But I figured I better say something than nothing.”

Rios didn’t completely embarrass herself on national TV. She ended going into the bonus round and walked away with a prize haul worth more than $60,000.

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