Awesome / Tic-Tac-Dough

  • 1980: Thom McKee's 46-day run, where he won $312,700. For more than 20 years this was the longest time that a contestant had been on a game show, until some guy named Ken Jennings blew it out of the water.
  • Fall 1980: Thom and challenger Pete Cooper picked the Secret Category four times in a row, with the pot being doubled three times from $4,100 to $8,200 to $16,400 to $32,800. Thom ultimately won the match and $38,100. Here's the clip.
  • 1981: Erik Kraepelien, who unseated Thom, winning close to $80,000, including a $24,300 pot on one of his games.
  • 1984: Last game of the last episode of the 1983-84 season - champ Kit Salisbury picks the "Auction" category, and Wink tells the players to bid on how many of the 14 United States bordering the Atlantic Ocean they think they can name. Kit, going first since he picked the category, immediately bids 14, then names all of them without a mistake to tie the game!