We’re pleased to announce MMWWordGames as August’s MVO. As his player name suggests, he has a fondness for word games. We really enjoyed reading his story, and so will you! Please read on to learn more about him.
Greetings, fellow GSN players! My name is Manuel, better known as “Manny”, and I am truly honored…and surprised…to be counted among the Most Valuable Oodlers. I haven’t made many appearances on the message boards since joining GSN, so I suppose now is as good a time as any to introduce myself.
I was born, raised, and currently live in Columbus, Ohio…and I received my B.A. in Television Production from The Ohio State University, class of 2009. I currently work as a teaching assistant at Buckeye TV, OSU’s student-run TV station. I also work on the production of two high school quiz shows here in Columbus:
1) “In The Know” for WOSU-TV
2) “Brain Game” for WBNS-10TV
These are games in which high schools, represented by teams of 4 of their best and brightest students, compete to win either OSU scholarship money (ITK), or grant money for their schools (BG). For both shows, I recruit the schools, schedule the matches, keep in touch with the advisors of the competing schools (nearly all of whom are teachers at their respective schools), and keep score during the matches. For ITK in particular, I’m the judge, and I research & write most of the questions. In fact, the questions I’ve submitted for Oodles Bonus Trivia are questions I’ve actually written for ITK, one of which was used last month…I hope all of you knew that Woodrow Wilson was on the U.S. $100,000 bill.
I’ve loved watching game shows since childhood, and have been writing trivia questions…often with a touch of humor…since I was in elementary school. I’ve also long dreamed of someday producing a game show where contestants can play for money to pay for college expenses (yes, I’m aware of the former “WinTuition”), something I believe this country could use, considering the $1 trillion we collectively owe in student loans…myself included. The ability to work on “In The Know”, where some of the best students in Ohio answer my questions for scholarship money…is something I cherish. Currently, these students play for a share of $22,000 in scholarships each year…I hope to someday produce a show where students like the ones I interact with can play for much more.
As you’ve probably guessed, “MMWWordGames” indicates my particular love of word puzzle games, including “Lingo”, which is among the game shows I would love the chance to play one day…..along with “Scrabble” and “Wheel of Fortune.” For my fellow “Lingo” players, I have one important tip: have 2 words prepared for every first letter that appears in the game, and make sure those words use a total of at least 4 different vowels. For example, my first 2 guesses for “P” are “PIOUS” and “PLATE”; and for S, I use “SUITE” and “SOLAR”…all 5 vowels are used in these cases. Eliminating the vowels early on will very quickly narrow down the possibilities, allowing you to (usually) figure out the word in 3 or 4 guesses. This tip can also be found in the GSN documentary “The Insider’s Guide to Winning Game Show Millions”…hosted by Chuck Woolery, as I recall.
Before I close, I’d like to acknowledge GSN Angel. My first time speaking to her was when she E-mailed me to let me know I was selected to be the August MVO…but I’ve been watching her work on the GSN message boards. I told her that her work seems very similar to part of my work for ITK and BG, in which I resolve questions and issues raised by the advisors of the competing schools…similar to how GSN Angel resolves questions and issues raised by my fellow GSN users. However, while I deal with dozens of people each school year, she deals with thousands, if not millions…and she does it efficiently and gracefully. I’m glad to see that her work is so greatly appreciated.
Many thanks to GSN Angel and The Oodles Team for the MVO honors. Happy gaming to all!