14 March 2006
THE ULTIMATE "WHAMMY"
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Peter Tomarken, who gained fame hosting the 1980s game show "Press Your Luck," was flying a charity mission to pick up a needy medical patient when his plane began having engine troubles.
He was apparently trying to return to the airport just off Santa Monica Bay when the plane went down in the water Monday morning, killing the 63-year-old and his wife, authorities said.
Tomarken's first game show was "Hit Man!", which ran for 13 weeks on NBC, followed by the four-year hit "Press Your Luck" on CBS, known for its giggling "whammies."
"He was always a fun guy to be around, and he just loved the genre of game shows," said his agent, Fred Wostbrock.
Tomarken also had a compassionate streak. He flew for Angel Flight West, a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for needy medical patients, said Doug Griffith, a spokesman for the charity.
Griffith said Tomarken and his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken, 41, were flying to San Diego on Monday to pick up a passenger who needed to get to UCLA Medical Center.
They were apparently trying to return to return to Santa Monica Airport because of engine trouble when the Beech A36 prop plane went down.
I know this has nothing to do with the Yankees, but it was a cool show and he was a cool guy trying to help others.
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