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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: What Does Love Have To Do With It?
By Kristine Baker
05/02/12


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Fifty women, one from each state in North America, spent two hours on February 15, 2000 in a pageant-type setting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each woman had packed her bags full of hope to be chosen; chosen to instantly marry a multi-millionaire, site unseen.

Fox Network produced the two-hour show, featuring the silhouette of a man, Rick Rockwell, who had a net worth of $2 Million plus $750,000 in liquid assets.

Touted as one of the earliest reality television shows, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was based on two of the seven deadliest sins, greed and lust. The women contestants decided that looks, character, beliefs, age, and background did not hold high merit over the thoughts of a large bank account. They wore evening gowns, bathing suits and answered questions for greed.

Rick Rockwell, the multi-millionaire, remained hidden in the shadows of stage lights and based his decision on visual pleasure. Although he was able to hear the women speak, it was the smorgasbord of beauty before him that kept the game exciting. He decided that physical beauty held high merit over character, beliefs, age and background. His vote was weighted in lust.

Darva Conger, from the state of California, was chosen to be his wife. She rushed off the stage in excitement to put on her wedding gown. Two months later, the newlyweds were getting their unconsummated marriage annulled. Rockwell was not Rick’s real last name and he wasn’t really a multi-millionaire either.

Television fame, loneliness, lust or greed, what kind of feelings must one have about themselves to be on a reality television show such as this? I think if the Fox Network producer, the 50 contestants and Rick Rockwell had known the Lord, they would realize that riches on this earth mean nothing in comparison to the riches in Heaven.

Rick Rockwell is no longer in the spotlight and Darva Conger, after posing for Playboy magazine, has married and divorced once again. She is raising her autistic son on her own.

Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.


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CD Swanson 05/03/12
Interesting story for the topic at hand...but of course it was spot on.

Deceitful people will always be found out in the long run, as was the case with this psuedo millionaire.

Well written piece.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/05/12
I remember this show. You did a nice job of explaining it and going into details that were interesting even to people who may be faintly familiar with the show. The topic was covered in a fresh way. The title is perfect.
Vicki J. Cypcar05/08/12
Your entry reminds me of why I'm sitting here reading FW entries and no longer watch prime time TV. Great job.