Headed off to college in Los Angeles and scoping out the peculiarities of her new land, Los Altos native Emily Sweet realized that “Wheel of Fortune” was filmed near her new home. The series – America’s longest-running game show and popular beyond any prediction when it premiered in 1975 – remains one of the most-watched TV shows.
Sweet, a St. Francis High School graduate, sent in an audition tape as a freshman but didn’t hear back. Years passed. But over the summer, the now-senior at Loyola Marymount University received a call inviting her to compete for a spot in a special college edition of the show. She auditioned and was picked to represent her school.