Film director and screenwriter Mike White ’92 (Chuck & Buck, School of Rock, Year of the Dog) has teamed up with his 60-year-old father Mel as a team on the popular Emmy-winning reality competition, The Amazing Race. Mel White is a prize-winning documentary producer, a gay-rights Christian activist, and a best-selling author who ghostwrote books for Billy Graham and Pat Robertson.
White and his father have been interviewed for their appearance on the show in such publications as Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, and Mel White’s hometown newspaper, The Lynchburg News and Advance in Virginia.
In various interviews, Mike White admits that he has long been a big fan of the show and decided to apply as a contestant during the last year’s screenwriters’ strike. He originally applied with another screenwriter who decided to drop out, and the producer of the show suggested that Mike team up with his dad.
On recent shows, the team dodged giant cheese wheels, and Mel White braved paragliding down a 6,000-foot drop in Germany.