The syndicated version of the American television game show, Wheel of Fortune, has been around since 1983; throughout its tenure, many people have enjoyed the nightly dose of the game, tuning in and screaming at the television set in an attempt to somehow spread knowledge to the people on the tape-delayed program.
The game show is fun and there is no question that people love it, as it is now one of the most well known game shows in American television history. Perhaps the greatest moment of the show came in an episode that debuted in late April of 2014 — and fittingly enough, it also happened to come from one of the show’s biggest fans.
Trent Girone has been watching the program since he was two years old. It brings him great joy, even though he has had a difficult 21 years of life that has seen him go through nine brain surgeries. Trent has Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome, but he didn’t let that stop him from living out a dream.
As an avid life-long fan, Trent had long dreamed about being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. And on February 27, 2014, Trent’s dream came to fruition.
On that day, filming took place for an episode that recently aired in late April of the same year. It was less than a week ago and I remember it quite well. I was sitting at home relaxing when I received a call from my father. He told me that there was a contestant on the show that was like no other. And he was right.
I watched and immediately gravitated toward being a fan and admirer of Trent Girone, not because of his disabilities, but by his demeanor and love for life.
Trent is good at the game, and it showed throughout the taped episode. He solved puzzles and was a few unlucky spins away from making it to the final puzzle. He definitely made a splash by impressing many viewers around the world.
Now I am not an avid television game show fan, but I couldn’t put my attention elsewhere during the episode that Trent was a part of; his enthusiasm and love for the game was stupendous and I loved every second of airtime that he received. Mr. Girone also made history on Wheel, as he was the first ever contestant to have special needs. Trent wrote this on the show’s blog: “February 27, 2014 was one of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE! Thanks, Wheel of Fortune!”
No, Trent, thank you for adding positivity and exuberance to many lives. For more on Trent’s visit, check out his blog post about his time on the show and footage from the episode; he truly is an inspiration: