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She won an airplane on a TV game show

posted Apr 15, 2016, 10:36 AM by George Ching

You may know Pam Howard who is a senior technical trainer for Sandicor Inc., the regional multiple listing service (MLS) for San Diego County. Sandicor is California’s second largest MLS behind the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS) and is one of the 10 largest MLS operations in the nation. Since 1989, Pam has been teaching classes on a weekly basis to PSAR members about the MLS system, which is now called Paragon.


But did you know that Pam won an airplane on “The Price is Right” TV show?


In 1976, Dennis James was hosting a nighttime version of “The Price is Right” called “The (New) Price is Right.” Pam heard those famous words directed at her, “Come on down.” She did well in the show where contestants compete to identify the accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and prizes. “We just got married the year before and I was hoping to win a car,” said Pam. “Instead, behind the curtain, was a two-seat plane, a GR-2 Grumman trainer. I later sold the plane for $13,000, and used the money to buy a three-bedroom home in Rancho San Diego for $38,000.”


In 2012, Pam appeared a second time on “The Price is Right” as part of the show’s 40th anniversary. Drew Carey was the host. “I won a few items at the time, but I was always introduced as the lady who won the airplane. They told me that no one has ever again won an airplane on the show since then.”


In addition, Pam has appeared twice on “Family Feud.” It was in the 1980s when Pam appeared on “Family Feud” with two different hosts, including Richard Dawson and Ray Combs. “The first time it was with my two brothers and two sisters-in-law. The second time it was with my dad, two sisters and my oldest daughter,” said Pam. “We had a great time. I can say that I’ve appeared on two of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history. Our family seems to do well in front of the camera.”


In 1968, when Pam was in the 8th grade, she and her family appeared on a Grape-Nuts cereal TV commercial that aired on network TV for several years. “It was the first national TV commercial that showcased an African-American family,” said Pam. “My sister was working as a model at the time and my mother was very slim and young looking. We filmed the spot in Palm Springs. We played volleyball in the commercial and the storyline was that eating Grape-Nuts keeps the Knox family in great shape and the parents can stay as slim as the children. The tagline was `Fills you up, not out.’”


Pam grew up on Lisa Avenue, near Euclid Avenue and Federal Boulevard, in San Diego. “Our home looked like a Norman Rockwell painting,” said Pam, who graduated from Crawford High School (class of 1973). “Our family still attends Bethel Baptist Church on Euclid.”


Pam is the next-to-youngest of seven children. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He passed away in 2014. Pam’s mother, Evernell Knox, graduated from San Diego High School. Evernell recently celebrated her 88th birthday. Pam has two grown daughters and two wonderful grandchildren.


Pam enjoys teaching our members. “No Paragon question is too dumb,” she said, “and I take great pride in what I do and seeing our members find success. I have trained many people with different skill levels and personalities, young and old. I believe that the secret to success is just listening so I can understand what they really want to accomplish.”


Now in her 19th year of teaching, Pam has seen several names for the MLS systems. “In 1989, it was called Realtrieve, followed by Supertrieve, RE Explorer, Compass, Tempo 3, Tempo 5, Fusion and then Paragon starting in May 2014,” she said. “In 1989, I worked for Moore Data Management Services who managed the MLS system and printed MLS books at the time. Then, I joined Sandicor when they took over the MLS training in 1996. I’ve known some of my students since 1989, they’ve become my second family.”


Pam says, “Our industry seems to be constantly evolving and changing.  It’s also the way you grow and improve as a person and one of the many traits I see in PSAR. The leadership is constantly adapting and looking for new ways to improve services to members. If someone has an idea on how to do things better, the leadership will listen. That’s one of the many reasons I look forward to teaching at PSAR.”