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Remembering "The Price is Right"

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - David and Christine Gee married 41 years ago, a week after Christine graduated from college. After their first child was born, Christine became a stay at home mom and got hooked on "The Price is Right."

"I had a one-year-old and was staying home and watching it every morning. I loved Bob Barker," Christine said.

The Gees wrote away for tickets and joined the audience one late September afternoon in 1977. Christine was two months pregnant with their second child when she got the call.

"He called the wrong name 'Catherine,' my middle initial is O and said, 'Catherine O. Gee.' and I went, 'Wow! That must be me,'" Christine said.

Over the next six minutes, with some excellent coaching from David in the audience, Christine nailed the price of the old-fashioned fireplace and then joined Bob on stage.

Next, the Gees won some cookware, and then a shot at a speedboat and trailer. But that's not all.

"There's the car, the car was unbelievable," Christine said.

A brand new Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Blue Book value of $11,000.

"David said, 'Two, two, two,' I said 'Two,' and that was the number," Christine said.

So what does a young married couple up to their eyeballs in student loans, living in a 700-square-foot home with a second child on the way do?

"We sold the fireplace, took back all the cookware," Christine said.

They also got the money for the boat. Then David took the train up to la and picked up the car.

"Drove it back to San Diego, had 150 miles on it. Put a 'for sale' sign on it and sold it," David said.

"We paid cash into more than doubling the size of our house," Christine said.

It's a house they still live in today.

"Over the years, we lost the tape," Christine said.

Only recently were David and Christine able to secure a copy from an Australian company that owns the rights to "The Price is Right," so now they can relieve their moments of glory. It's an amazing six minutes that have lasted a lifetime.

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