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Carlsbad game show couple played to win

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to appear on a game show? How about several game shows right alongside your spouse.

That's exactly what one North County woman and her late husband spent decades doing. Bernard and Claire Boiko appeared in more than 28 shows over a 40 year span. Now Claire is loving the attention that's come from a documentary, which details their record breaking number of appearances.

"I am just a ham. I just love this,” said Claire.

At 89-years-old, Claire Boiko is still telling jokes and playing games.

"Wouldn't be the day if I didn't do the crossword,” she said.

It's what the Carlsbad resident loves to do. Especially after spending more than 40y years appearing on game shows - often alongside her late husband Bernard.

Claire says their so-called television career started in 1956 on a show called Tic-Tac-Toe. Bernard answered an ad in hopes of winning money to help support their growing family.

Claire still remembers her first appearance:

"And I was very pregnant and the producer said wouldn't be great if she gave birth on the show?”

From there, they started answering more ads and soon producers began seeking them out.

"They discovered we had some spark on camera so they would call us,” Claire said.

Five kids and 28 shows later, some of which included Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Trivial Pursuit, Claire and Bernard went on to win more than $100,000. They also took away some unique prizes. "There was lard. There was Japanese symbols.”

The secret to their success, according to Claire, is her gift of words.

"Jute, jute is a fabric,” she said.

She used to write children's plays for a living. As for Bernard, he was a history teacher.

Looking back, Claire remembers always being nervous, but still having the time of her life.

And now, she gets to relive it all in a new documentary called Game Show Dynamos, which was created by another daughter - Patricia who lives in Seattle.

The documentary took 15 years to make, but offers a lifetime of memories.

The movie has premiered elsewhere, but will show locally at the Edwards theatre in San Marcos on Thursday, April 16th.

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