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Tue, June 18

<I>'Wheel of Fortune'</I><BR>Local couple takes a spin when game show tapes in Phoenix

During the taping of the first segment, host Pat Sajak communicates with the sound crew about a problem.

Courier photos/Hilary Eller

White and host Pat Sajak have hosted "Wheel of Fortune" together for 21 years.

Although they've given away tons of money and cars, Sajak said he's never once received an injury as a result of a contestant's excitement.

"I'm stronger than I look," he said. "But you give somebody a car and they get excited. Sometimes they forget themselves."

And his favorite part of the show: "when I get to say, 'good night everyone, see you tomorrow,' and then I get to go and change my pants."

White said she enjoys shows where all three contestants win something. She said she doesn't have a favorite dress. She doesn't see her dresses before the show, and she returns them to the designers after the show.

"How can I have a favorite?" she said.

Although she said, "there's nothing I would rather do," than co-host "Wheel of Fortune," she said that if she did choose another job, she'd go into real estate and fix up houses.

She said she likes the fact that taping the show takes only four days per month, which allows her time to spend with her two children, and to crochet.

Frederick and Crystal will return this week to their regular jobs (he's a security guard at Yavapai Casino and she manages Victoria's Secret at Prescott Gateway mall), but they won't likely forget their day as contestants on "Wheel of Fortune."

"All the couples were very nice people," Frederick said. "We talked and laughed … We all wanted each other to win something."

Crystal added, "it was fun. Really, really fun."

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