Sunday, June 3, 2012

Richard Dawson, former host of ‘Family Feud,’ dead at 79

Richard Dawson, the former host of the television game show Family Feud has died at the age of 79, his son, Gary Dawson, reported through a Facebook post. Born on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England, Dawson rose to fame in the 60s while playing Corporal Peter Newkirk in the comedy series Hogan’s Heroes. Gary Dawson posted a message on his Facebook account on Saturday, June 2, 2012 that stated the following.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered..."

Dawson’s job with Family Feud began after his decade-long stint as a Match Game panelist. Game show producer Mark Goodson offered Dawson a job hosting Family Feud, a new show he had created. Dawson hosted Family Feud from 1976-1985 then returned to the show from 1994-1995. Feud has underwent a series of hosts but for many, Dawson will always be associated with the game as the first and only, true host of the show.

Dawson married twice. His first wife, Diana Dors, was known as the British Marilyn Monroe. The couple married in 1959 and divorced in 1966; they had two children: Mark Dawson and Gary Dawson. He met his second wife, Gretchen Johnson, when she appeared on Family Feud. The couple married in 1991 and remained married until Dawson’s death on June 2, 2012.

Health shows not to miss the week of June 3-9

We may not want to admit it, but many of us turn to the television to get much of our health information. Whether watching hit series such as “The Doctors” or cable programs, such as “My Strange Addiction,” or even watching health features on our local news programs, many of us pick up health and beauty tidbits from our television sets. Ironic, when watching too much television is associated with negative health impacts. Regardless of how much television you watch, tuning into health programs can have beneficial impact, especially when you consider the majority of people who work out in their homes do so with a television program or DVD. So regardless, if you are looking for the latest program to “Downward Dog” with, or just want to pick up some healthy tips, or even see some of the bizarre, unhealthy habits and addictions of others, we have you covered. Here is a breakdown of some of the best health shows not to miss on television for the week of June 3-9.

Check local listings for programs as there may be slight changes due to location.

June 3


Fit TV: My Strange Addiction: 7 pm; 7:30 pm (Eats cat food; smells mothballs and eats dirt; extreme toenails)
Fit TV: Bipolar Mysteries: 8 pm
Fit TV: Born Schizophrenic: January’s Story 9 pm
ABC: Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: Tony 9 pm
Fit TV: Born Schizophrenic: Jani’s Next Chapter: 10 pm
Fit TV Bipolar Mysteries: 11 pm

June 4

Fit TV: My Strange Addiction (dating my car, baby powder addiction) 10 pm
Fit TV: My Strange Addiction (smells pine cleaner, roadkill addict) 10:30 pm
PBS: The Blood Sugar Solution with Dr. Mark Hyman 11:30 pm

June 5

Fit TV: My Extreme Animal Phobia: 10 pm
PBS: 3 Steps to Incredible Health! With Joel Fuhrman, M.D. 11:30 pm

June 6

Fit TV: Broken Minds Down the Rabbit Hole 10 pm
Fit TV: Bipolar Mysteries 11 pm
The Pentagon Channel: Fit for Duty 11 pm

June 7

Fit TV: Sleep Sex 10 pm
Fit TV: I’m Pregnant and… Addicted11 pm
Fit TV: I’m Pregnant and… a Hoarder 11:30 pm

June 8

Fit TV: The Woman with 15 Personalities 11 pm

June 9

Fit TV: Bizarre ER 10 pm
Check local listings throughout the week for “The Doctors.”
Check out the clip from TLC’s “My Strange Addiction” Can’t Live Without My Boobs.