I’ve always wanted to be famous.
Anyone who knows me knows this is true. Maybe it’s because I grew up in front of the TV. Maybe it’s because I’m the baby of the family and a serious attention hound. Maybe I think fame would bring money and security and a degree of freedom I haven’t had in the past.
(Actually, I just think I’d be a great interview and I have all my award speeches ready.)
But today I was reminded of what would be the very best part of achieving some degree of fame and the money that often accompanies it:
Helping a cause that is close to your heart.
On Tuesday, Bob Barker, the recently retired and — let’s face it — legendary host of “The Price is Right,” donated $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, to establish a professorship on animal rights. This was his second $1 million gift to Drury, the first occurring some 20 months ago, which established an undergraduate course in animal ethics.
You have all probably heard Bob Barker sign off “The Price is Right” with his trademark “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.” Now, thanks to the fame (and obvious money) he achieved as a beloved game show host, Barker was able to pay more than lip service to the animals that he loves.
How awesome that must feel. I love animals and give money regularly to several organizations (not quite on Bob’s scale). But if I hit it big, I would so totally make animals my celebrity cause. I would do whatever I could to help out the The Humane Society of the United States,the ASPCA, the American Humane Society and the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
So, help spread the word about me, Carla Curtsinger. Making me famous will ultimately help animals around the world.
(P.S. — I also have no shame.)