A Date With Destiny

January 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm 1 comment

Sheryl Ullman & Michael Reagan 2014
(above) The photo of today’s birthday gal, Sheryl Ullman of the 1969 Golddiggers, that appeared in a 1967 issue of TV Guide chronicling a match made on TV’s Dating Game between Sheryl and Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael.

A couple of years before she was chosen to be one of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers, SHERYL ULLMAN was faced with a choice of her own — one that she was asked to make before millions of viewers on national television: As a contestant on the Saturday night prime-time edition of ABC’s The Dating Game, she had to decide which of three eligible bachelors, visible to the audience but not to her, would be her pick to accompany her on an all-expenses-paid chaperoned jaunt to Victoria, British Columbia. The two who DIDN’T make the cut were actor Sal Mineo and UCLA quarterback Norman Dow, hero of the 1966 Rose Bowl. The lucky winner? Michael Reagan, son of then-California Governor and future President Ronald Reagan.

On top of the usual large audience that The Dating Game‘s matchmaking always drew, the pairing of Sheryl Ullman and Michael Reagan gained extra coverage, due to its being selected by TV Guide to illustrate a typical Dating Game outing (the photo shown here is from that issue). “When Cinderella Meets Prince Charming” read the article’s title. While Sheryl, who was 20 at the time, tells us that she and Michael (then 22) saw a bit more of each other after that first encounter, ultimately, she found her true Prince Charming in her husband, Jim. To that, we’d add that for anyone fortunate enough to know the ever-lovely Sheryl, they’ve found one of the sweetest, most giving, most genuine friends they’ll ever have. And that’s no fairy tale.

So we hope everyone reading this message will join us in wishing Sheryl a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

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  • 1. Video Vision  |  January 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    From the Dean Golds and Dings Facebook page:

    thumbsup 26 people like this.

    Jeff Chapman Happy Birthday, Sheryl.

    Beverly Rothman Happy Birthday cuz Lots of hugs & kisses

    Barbara Ullman Dozier You’re so gorgeous here! xox

    Sheryl Ullman Michael, thank you for your writing this. Love, Sheryl PS Love to Michelle

    Sheryl Ullman thank u Michael

    Michelle DellaFave I wish you the happiest Birthday and a year of peace good health, love, and contentment!! God Bless You Sheryl!

    Lindsay Bloom Happy Birthday Gal!!! Hope you celebrate all weekend:-) I, too, was on the dating game and won a cruise to Vancover. However, I did not want to go with the person I picked! Hahaha. So he got to take who he wanted. Be blessed:-)

    Michael B. Schnitzer My pleasure, Sheryl. Happy Birthday.

    Marilyn Faye O’Leary-Baker Hey Sheryl… wishing you a very Happy Birthday filled with wonder and joy… Way to pick a date girlfriend. The son of Ronald Reagan! Wowsa♥

    Janice Glazier HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERYL!!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day ahead of you!

    Pete Botos Happy Birthday, Sheryl!

    Denise Zarubica Happy Birthday Sheryl!!!!!

     

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