Man gets makeover courtesy of Rachael Ray
FOOSLAND — When Dave Rueck of Foosland was a young man, he went to Lou Henson's basketball camp.
It was for tips on how to play the game, not how to do a combover.
Henson is famous for his "Lou 'do" comb-over haircut. Rueck was, too, to a lesser degree. But he and his family didn't necessarily like it.
So he went on national TV to do something about it.
Rueck, who is 48, operates his own insurance company in Champaign. He traveled to Manhattan last week for the taping of "The Rachael Ray Show."
The purpose: A complete makeover from clothing to hair cut. After it was finished, he was stylin' to a new look. Even got a few suits from Steve Harvey.
Rueck started the image changes several months ago when he started a workout regimen that has seen him lose 50 pounds.
"The Rachael Ray Show" appearance came about after his wife, Kim, sent in a form on Facebook for a makeover for men about two years ago.
"I'd given up basically" that anyone would be interested, Dave Rueck said. "A couple of weeks ago my phone rang out of the blue, and they asked if I'd still be interested in being on the show. I said 'absolutely.'"
He and his wife were flown to Manhattan last Monday for the filming, where Rueck got to meet his crush — Ray.
Before the studio appearance, a film crew traveled to central Illinois to interview Rueck for his appearance. The filming took place at the home of his son, Steve Sample, in Paxton.
"I've had the same haircut for 30 years since high school," Rueck said. "It's just there's a lot less of it now. It's basically turned into a comb-over.
"I'm a big fan of Lou (Henson), but not the Lou 'do."
With Ray watching, Harvey began cutting on Rueck's locks before the professionals from a local salon took over. Harvey was facing a similar situation with his hair a few years ago, and he coached Rueck through the process.
Not wanting to reveal too much before the show airs, Rueck said he and his family are more than satisfied with the end result.
Rueck said he thinks he'll keep it.
"It's much easier, much better," he said.
He also got a couple of suits from Harvey's clothing line.
"It was definitely a whirlwind," Rueck said of the filming, which took only 10 to 15 minutes because three of Ray's shows are shot in a day.
"It was a wonderful experience," Rueck said. "I'm a huge Rachael Ray fan."
Rueck got to meet her.
"She was very busy," he said. "She's very nice. Definitely no complaints. She's even cuter in person. We had a great time," he said.
The show airs at 9 a.m. Tuesday on WCIA.
Rueck and his family don't plan to watch it live. They will record it and watch it at a viewing party with family and friends Tuesday evening at D.G. Sullivans in Gibson City.