Playing "THE TRUMP CARD" - My husband's 1990 TV Shot!

A Recollection...

Besides taking some money & leaving some money at the Poker tables in 1990; my late husband was a contestant on Donald Trump's TV Game Show "Trump Card" during Atlantic City's gambling heyday.

"3 contestants try to answer questions of general knowledge to fill up a 15 square Bingo card".

The show lasted 1 year with 250 episodes & was hosted by omg-handsome Jimmy Cefalo, Miami Dolphins former wide receiver, news & sports broadcaster, talk radio show host, journalist & voice of the Miami Dolphins.

The beautiful Debi Massey served as hostess & the dulcet tones of announcer, Chuck Riley had my heart pounding as the show was about to start & my life could change forever...ha ha

"From the spectacular Trump Castle in world famous Atlantic City, it's time to play Television's non-stop game of knowledge...TRUMP CARD.  And now - here's the star of Trump Card...Jimmy Cefalo"!

Around that time, my husband was also a contestant on another TV Game Show, "Sale of the Century" - but was really after "Jeopardy" -  the gold standard - but he was very close.

He normally wasn't a braggart about his accumulation of general knowledge of this & that & must've been a burden carrying it around. 

I, on the other hand, do not have that burden!  ha ha

I also was never the kind of wife who would say, "Hey, you should go on that show" - it was solely his idea to sign up - I was just along for the ride.

I remember it was very exciting being in the audience of this taped show rooting him on & hoping he wouldn't tell too many personal anecdotes - just because they could use some juicy chatter to liven-up the ratings.

But, when I heard the rousing opening theme music; I got chills & my heart skipped a's not every day you try to beat the odds & remember to breathe.

And, yes - I watched him win a couple thousand dollars which is long gone - but it's better than his other show where he brought home a year's supply of Ragu Sauce (and a little money) & to this day - have to explain the fragrant stain on the wallpaper!

I didn't think about the connection to Trump until just now - as the show wasn't about him; even though it was televised from his hotel - "Trump's Castle", later called "Trump Marina" & then "Golden Nugget" -  who knows...maybe it's now a parking lot.

The promo clip for the show is "Glitzy Vegas" that biggies like "Wheel of Fortune", "Jeopardy" & "Family Feud" didn't have, which I'm sure; challenged Trump to get involved.

In this 27 year old video; you see Donald Trump showing up for the premier of his namesake game show - but he never appeared on any later shows - ever.

As he is wont to do; he just slapped his name on it & was hoping to be a stepping stone to deals around the idea of it & didn't hit it big until "The Apprentice".

The whole season they promoted the Tournament of Champions win of $100,000; but in the end - never gave it away.  Does any of that ring a bell?

This American Syndicated show was based on the British Game Show "Bob's Full House".  Looking up the credits now - Trump's name was not shown as Producer, Director or idea man in any capacity.  I guess he knows better to brag about a flop.

(I never like to use that word "flop" because everything has merit - and I know personally that blood, sweat & tears go into all endeavors - but in this case, too much competition in this genre at the same time - but they did use this term in the on-line write-up of the show)

As for today - our new leader - came in for the Premier Show (the Inauguration) & is still promising that elusive $100,000!


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Comment by marilyn sands on March 31, 2017 at 9:26am

Thanks Terry!  Being an East-Coast girl I watched the birth of Atlantic City gambling & Trump grabbing hotels like in the game Monopoly - now he's trying his hand at Washington...maybe THIS will be his last stop.  Let's hope he doesn't have the GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card! 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 31, 2017 at 10:15am

I bid Seven No Trump.  R&L

Comment by marilyn sands on March 31, 2017 at 10:50am

ha ha James!  I never learned how to play Bridge - always wanted to - but I surely know what you mean!

Comment by marilyn sands on March 31, 2017 at 10:52am

That's a great hotel, Terry.  I was around then too.  Now, the Lifeguards give change!

Comment by koshersalaami on March 31, 2017 at 4:41pm

I've been there since on business. The beach front is OK and the slums start about a block in. 

Comment by marilyn sands on March 31, 2017 at 5:28pm

Thanks for stopping by Kosh - I figured you were there at some point - "business" is as good an excuse as any!  ha ha  Okay, I believe you.  My game was Blackjack!


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