Thorpe Schoenle, Rich Pirate With Nerves of Steel
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, an Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons - Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law- Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren - Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2006 Apr 24
I just got through watching Thorpe Schoenle win $464,000 on the hit game show Deal or No Deal. On his way to winning the most money anyone has ever won on the game, Thorpe twice turned down the most money anyone had ever turned down.
I'm glad Case # 2 didn't have $1 million in it. Thorpe would have walking back home to Chicago.
When Thorpe started laughing, Marlene said, "I've heard that laugh a hundred times at OPCA."
I'm still sitting here shaking my head. Thorpe said he was the ultimate game player, and he backed it up by stopping at exactly the right moment. He called himself a rich pirate, and he's right about that.
You nearly gave the rest of us a heart attack, but you had ice water in your veins and nerves of steel.