• John Payer
    SHOW #41 & #43 Invitational
    taped: 7/14/1983 & 7/27/1983
John won it all ... he was 24 and a Steel Worker when he appeared on 2 Starcade! shows, taped in the Summer of '83. He described his game playing ability as 'average,' but it was good enough for him to take home pretty much all the prizes we had to offer, including his very own video arcade game, Wacko!

John said he wanted to be on Starcade! because "I enjoy the competition. The show is great, not only does it test your skills on playing, but also your knowledge and I like that very much."

In his bio John told us, "I work swing shift. So I set my recorder to tape Starcade! every Monday so I watch it when I get home. I have a beautiful daughter. Her name is Monica. She's a year old and when I play my Colecovision she takes the other controller, looks at the tv and pretends she is playing too."

In 2003 when he checked in, John told us that it was his daughter that found Starcade! ... "I was watching an old tape of the show with my kids. My daughter researched Starcade! on the Internet and came across your site. This is great! ... I still have the Robot (RB5X) and the Wacko arcade game amongst the other prizes ... Wow, what memories!!"

John tells us that "I've been a truck driver for the last 20 years ... my wife was my girlfriend at the time of the taping ... she comes in at the end of the show twice while the credits roll ... I married a year later (after appearing on Starcade!) ... we are still married and have 2 kids ... This show has brought smiles to all involved at the time it was on tv, and now when we all can look back and have a laugh at ourselves, while all-n-all we made history with Starcade!"

"My fondest memory, hmmm ... having my 15 minutes of fame, being treated like a tv star - the makeup (sweating in it while waiting your turn), the game room, Marie (Contestant Coordinator) and Lee (Caterer) putting up with us and Jim & Mavis for making us feel like we were truly tv personalities."

You were a star, John. Still are ... ask any Starcader!
JOHN'S OPPONENT: Mike Rocha has checked in. Click here to see his page.
JOHN'S GAMES
JOHN'S SCORES

50 secounds
SINISTAR

5,500 John

4,900 Mike Rocha

50 secounds
SUPER ZAXXON

8,500 John

5,900 Mike Rocha

40 secounds
KRULL

8,380 John

9,120 Mike Rocha

TOTALS
all games played

22,380 John Payer-OVERALL WINNER!

19,920 Mike Rocha

JOHN'S GRAND PRIZE PLAY

30 secounds
GYRUSS-

SCORE TO BEAT: 4,211

SCORED: 5,050+
WINNER? YES!

PLAYING FOR: WACKO VIDEO ARCADE GAME

JOHN'S GAMES INVITATIONAL SHOW #43
Because John was the overall winner of his show, we invited him back to compete against 3 other Winners. We called these shows Invitationals. Invitationals were formatted differently:
4 contestants - Tim Rubin vs Rhonda Yap & Mary Catanzaro vs John Payer
2 Rounds - 2 contestant teams in each round
Final Round - winning team of each round competing against each other to choose an Overall Winner
JOHN'S SCORES INVITATIONAL SHOW #43

30 secounds
ZOO KEEPER

2,170 John

2,220 Mary Catanzaro

30 secounds
GYRUSS

5,500 John

2,150 Mary Catanzaro

30 secounds
MOTORACE USA

5,000 John Payer - OVERALL WINNER!

4,500 Tim Rubin

PLAYING FOR:
RB5X ROBOT


JOHN'S PRIZES