Raymond Taylor: Wheel Of Fortune Champ, Non-Crackhead

In 1993, Ed Grimley level Wheel Of Fortune superfan Raymond Taylor’s dream came true. He made it on his favorite show. And this is what happened.

Isn’t defining “walk” as a “thing” a little sneaky? Wasn’t “Mild Sauce” a pretty good answer? Was Raymond stealing Sajak’s glory? Can you see the lust in Vanna’s White eyes? What happened after the camera’s stopped rolling? Well, as you might guess, it’s a sad story if you give a damn.

Raymond tried to hang around after his run was up. “I wanted to have a life with the show, I loved the show enough to be a part of it.” Enough so that he had to be ejected from the set on 4 separate occasions. Finally, it came to the point that production offices were closed because of “concerns that Taylor may be in the building.” Charges were filed.

Over a chicken dinner, Raymond told a reporter “I just want to work for the staff, and I didn’t know where to go. I said: hey, give me a job. I know everything about TV.” Guess Raymond just didn’t have what it takes. As they say, it’s not what you know but who you know, and everybody in Chicago had no pull out in sunny California.

So what’s the deal? What’s he on? Crack? PCP? Is he tweaking? According to someone claiming to be Raymond posting on bojangles.com, “I have autism not a crack addict thank you.”

Is it true?

Does it matter?

Unless an anonymous user on youtube is playing some strange game of trickery, Raymond Taylor no longer walks the Earth.

“He wasn’t a crackhead! In fact, he was a very intelligent man. A bit different and a tad eccentric, nonetheless a gentle soul. The people that knew him understood him. RIP Raymond E Taylor 2/27/44 – 2/27/2010″

Happy trails, Raymond. You were one of those characters that make the world and interesting place, and I hope you came to reflect on your time on Wheel Of Fortune fondly. May the road rise to meet you.

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10 responses to “Raymond Taylor: Wheel Of Fortune Champ, Non-Crackhead

  1. jill

    he died on his birthday?

  2. Brian

    He isn’t dead. I work at the VOA (Volunteers of America) in LA. He had been homeless for several years and has received his section 8 housing as of last year. Just saw him last week. He came into the shelter for breakfast.

  3. eb

    Glad he’s still alive, he seemed like a real nice guy. Probably not cut out for hollywood though. They would’ve eaten him alive. It was obvious to me he was NOT a ‘crack head’ as the youtube clip stated. I thought it was apparent that he was mildly autistic.

  4. Jefferson Dunlap

    Aspergers.

  5. He is not dead. I am glad to hear that and that he was not on drugs or off his meds. Sorry to hear that he was homeless for a time and what he got kicked off the lot for being an over zealous fan of the game. I hope his winnings lasted for awhile and no one took advantage of his winnings.

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