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  • Hardcover: 337 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; 1st edition (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Say "Bob Eubanks" and most people will think of The Newlywed Game—and not much else. Perhaps therein lies the reason for the veteran game show host to pen his autobiography. Eubanks is a kind of Forrest Gump of American media, popping up to promote everything from early Beatles concerts to the legendary 1975 Ali-Frazier boxing match, the Thrilla in Manila. He tells it all, in numbing detail. By page 90, readers are only in 1962, learning about the quirks of old radio personalities. Only near book's end does Eubanks delve into his story's most intriguing portion: his television career. Eubanks's tone is light and conversational, typical of a TV emcee, and co-author Hansen has an easy touch with enigmatic personalities. Ironically, there's a vein of self-doubt and insecurity in the outwardly confident host: "I couldn't shake the feeling that my life's work could be capsulized as a guy who pushed young couples to answer suggestive questions about their personal lives for the price of a toaster." Yet Eubanks skips over other telling moments—such as his fraying marriage—in a couple of paragraphs. However much Eubanks might like to distance himself from The Newlywed Game, it's what he'll be remembered for. At least with this book, his other lives are on the record, too. Photos not seen by PW.
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About the Author

Bob Eubanks began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey. Best known for his role as host of the popular The Newlywed Game, Eubanks can be see hosting “The Hollywood Christmas Parade” with cohost Leeza Gibbons for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. He lives in Santa Ynez, California. Matthew Scott Hansen is the coauthor of Andy Kaufman Revealed!: Best Friend Tells All. He lives in Granada Hills, California.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Yeffeth on October 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What about Bob (Eubanks)?

October 3, 2004

BY PAIGE WISER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

THIS WEEK'S ARGUMENT: That Bob Eubanks is a pop culture god.

I admit that I requested a review copy of Bob Eubanks' new autobiography for one reason: I wanted to read the inside scoop on the dirtier episodes of "The Newlywed Game."

But now I am ashamed. As I've learned from It's in the Book, Bob! (Benbella, $24.95), one game show does not a man's career make.

I had no idea that Eubanks was instrumental in bringing the Beatles to L.A., or that he founded the first public relations firm for rock groups. He's bad-mouthed Barry Manilow, stood up to Elton John and had a mysterious falling out with Dolly Parton. By the end of the book, I pictured Eubanks as a musical Zelig.

And yet Eubanks has suffered a whopping inferiority complex. He writes, "I couldn't shake the feeling that my life's work could be capsulized as a guy who pushed young couples to answer suggestive questions about their personal lives for the price of a toaster."

In short, he hates ignorant people like me.

So I'd like to remedy the situation, and give some of you a crash course in all things Bob:

*As an L.A. deejay in the '60s, his station attracted groupies. Eubanks writes: "Dick Biondi, who came on board in 1963 to do 9 to midnight, asked me years later if I remembered a long-haired guy who was a lot older than the rest of the kids and used to sit on the steps and hold court." Eubanks didn't remember him. "'His name,' Dick told me, 'was Charlie ... Charlie Manson.'"

*Eubanks used to hang out with Sonny Bono, pre-Cher.

*Eubanks suggested to Brian Wilson's manager-father that the Beach Boys change their name.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniella on October 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was a really amazing read. I personally had no idea that Bob Eubanks was anything other than a gameshow host from the 70s. But if you read his book, you'll find that he was not only a well-known host but an instrumental part of many famous muscians lives, including the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Stevie Wonder. He also talks about many other funny anecdotes that happened between he and Cary Grant, the Rolling Stones, and the guy that Bob Eubanks is apparently always being mistaken for--The Price is Right's Bob Barker. (He also devotes a whole chapter to his troubles with Michael Moore and a chance to hear about the other side of what happened with "Roger and Me.") If you enjoy reading biographies and are interested in rock 'n' roll, television and celebrities, then you'll really enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Mondak on August 13, 2007
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Bob Eubanks, best known as host of various versions of the classic game show "The Newlywed Game", playing daily at 9 am on GSN, wrote his memoirs in 2002 titled "It's in the Book, Bob!"

In this book that is a must for game show junkies everywhere, Bob Eubanks tells his own version of his own story from birth, high school, college, radio, concert promotion, and eventually, television.

Each copy is signed by Bob Eubanks himself.

So, in the words of Bob Eubanks, purchase this book. Thanks for playing!
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By Jean Cooper on October 5, 2013
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Great guy, well written. Who knew he did all those things? I wish I could have had the chance to know him better.
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By pinklady on July 4, 2013
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A great read. Written as though Bob is with you the entire time as you glide through this book. Highly recommend.
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If you are interested in getting an inside scoop of the making of the music scene of the 50s, 60s and 70s then this book will go a long way to get you educated.

Who knew that Bob Eubanks had so many careers going on at the same time? Those of us growing up in the 60's remembered that he was a game show host and often confused as to whether it was The Dating Game or The Newlywed Game. (It was the latter, of course) But I doubt if anyone other than a few fans living on the West Coast knew that he was a music event promoter as well as a radio disc jockey.

Bob talks mostly about his time working with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton and others. It isn't towards the end of the book that he goes much into the behind the scenes and funny recollections of The Newlywed Game.

The book is about 325 pages and I'd say maybe 40 to 50 pages too long. Not being that much into Country Music, I found the section where he talks about Dolly and Tammy Wynette and Merle Haggard kind of boring. But, to each his own.
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