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Our featured female is Patricia Kara. Chicago native Patricia has moved on from her role as one of the suitcase models on the NBC game show Deal or No Deal(you may remember as the lovely lady holding suitcase No. 9) to being featured in a fitness video, representing a line of Greek beauty products and co-host for a new music program. A definite Greek goddess, as well as a great guest to have in the studio!

Then, NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West and author Jonathan Coleman join the program to talk about Jerry's memoir West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life, which is critically acclaimed and a a New York Time best seller.
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Sports and Torts: Patricia Kara
Chicago's own Patricia Kara has moved on from being a suitcase model on Deal or No Deal. to being featured in a fitness video, representing a line of Greek beauty products and co-host for a new music program. A definite Greek goddess, as well as a great guest to have in the studio.
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Sports and Torts: West by West
NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West and Author Jonathon Coleman join the program to talk about West by West, a memoir about Jerry's life and career. It's a frank and honest look at the life of an NBA superstar and the dark side of success. A compelling book and a compelling interview.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Patricia Kara
A career in the entertainment industry requires strength, determination, knowledge, timing, and hard work. With the amount of competition and the level of skill necessary to separate and continually achieve success, Patricia Kara has spent the past 23 years rising to the challenge. Having starred as one of the beautiful spokes models on the primetime and daytime versions of NBC's Deal or No Deal, Patricia has been afforded the notoriety and popularity that comes with being on two hit television shows. Her selection, along with her costars, as one of People Magazine's “100 Most Beautiful People” and her starring role in Trace Adkins' hit country music video “Marry for Money” have only helped to increase visibility. Patricia (aka Trisha Kara) has worked as a special correspondent on Extra, Fox Movie Channel and Celebtv. Some of her other appearances include: the TV Guide Channel, hosting the Red Carpet at the Catherine Zeta-Jones Benefit for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, E! Entertainment's Wild On: Kentucky Derby, and the U.S. Surf Open. 5 Factor and AbCoaster also utilized Patricia's hosting skills in their nationally televised advertisements. She was recently selected to be a Beauty Correspondent for the Greek beauty line “Korres.” Theatrically, Patricia appeared in the short film Two-Eleven, which, since its release, has been in several prestigious film festivals. She has guest starred in hit shows such as Days of Our Lives, NBC's Las Vegas, All of Us, Passions, Mad TV, and The Young and the Restless. Commercially, Patricia has appeared in commercials for companies like Coors Light, Old Navy, Bally's Fitness, Kohl's, Ericsson Mobile and V8.

Patrica's Website

Jerry West
Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames include "Mr. Clutch," for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; "The Logo," in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo; and "Zeke from Cabin Creek," after the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. Playing the small forward position early in his career, West was a standout at East Bank High School and at West Virginia University, leading the WVU Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA championship game, earning Most Valuable Player honors despite the loss. He then embarked on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and was the co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome, a squad that would be inducted as a unit into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. West’s NBA career was highly successful. Playing the guard position as a professional, he was voted 12 times into the All-NBA First and Second Teams, was elected into the NBA All-Star Team 14 times, and was chosen as the All-Star MVP in 1972, the same year that he won the only title of his career. West holds the NBA record for the highest points per game average in a playoff series with 46.3. He was also a member of the first four NBA All-Defensive Teams, which were introduced when he was 32 years old. Having played in nine NBA Finals, he is also the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team (1969). West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. After his playing career, West was head coach of the Lakers for three years, leading Los Angeles into the playoffs each year and earning a Western Conference Finals berth once. Working as a player-scout for three years, West was named General Manager of the Lakers prior to the 1982–83 NBA season. Under his reign, Los Angeles won seven championship rings. In 2002, West became General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped the franchise win their first-ever playoff berths. For his contributions, West won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice, once as a Lakers manager (1995) and then as a Grizzlies manager (2004). West's son, Jonnie, played college basketball for the West Virginia Mountaineers team.

Jerry's Career Stats

Jonathan Coleman
Jonathan Coleman, born in 1951 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, taught literary nonfiction writing at the University of Virginia from 1986 to 1993, and has published several critically acclaimed books, including Exit the Rainmaker, the biography of Jay Carsey, a college president who abruptly abandoned his marriage and career and disappeared; At Mother's Request: A True Story of Money, Murder, and Betrayal (which won an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America and was made into a CBS miniseries); and Long Way to Go: Black and White in America. A former book editor with Knopf and Simon and Schuster, he was also a producer and correspondent with CBS News, and currently narrates documentaries and audio books, as well as doing voiceovers for commercials. He has been profiled in nearly every major newspaper in the country and has appeared on all the major television and talk shows. In 2011, Coleman coauthored the autobiography of basketball legend Jerry West--WEST BY WEST: My Charmed, Tormented Life--which was greeted with critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Jonathan's Amazon Page