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Cedar Rapids native searches for namesake


Do you know a woman named Shauna who won Wheel of Fortune on Nov. 28, 1979? If you do, Cedar Rapids native Shauna Dillavou would like to meet her.

Dillavou's parents named her after the Wheel of Fortune winner on the day she was born, believing it was a lucky name.

Now, Dillavou's on a nationwide search to find her namesake. She's traveling from her current home in Washington, D.C. out to Los Angeles to watch a taping of Wheel of Fortune. Along the way, she's interviewing her parents and documenting her journey for a movie called, The Luckiest Shauna.

She's also using social networking like Twitter and Facebook to help spread her message.

"Using social media, that's the only way I can imagine that we would find her, you know," Dillavou said. "Because the tapes are missing, or they've been destroyed. So, what I'm hoping is that we generate enough interest that it really starts to catch on. That's the only way we'll find her."

Dillavou contacted Wheel of Fortune looking for a copy of the episode from the day she was born. From what she's been able to find out, the original recording does not exist anymore. She has no information about her namesake other than the day she won on the game show.

Dillavou graduated from Regis High School in Cedar Rapids. Since then, she has lived and traveled all over the world and currently lives in Washington, D.C., working for the government.

Dillavou is also looking for other people with unique stories about their names. You can see some of the stories she has gathered so far on her YouTube channel.

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