El Cerrito family’s video is only one of America’s funniest

Monday April 15, 2002

EL CERRITO — It was funny, just not the funniest. 

Tony and Jackie Astorganos of El Cerrito just missed the $10,000 grand prize on the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” television show. 

Their video of a gas station mishap won them $3,000, a trip to Los Angeles for the show’s taping and $300 spending money. 

The tape shows Jackie coming home in their 1966 red Mustang with the hose from a gas-station pump sticking out of the car. When Tony tells Jackie about it, she smiles and says, “I filled it up, though.” 

The ABC show, which began in 1990, airs snippets of home videotapes. The couple sent the tape to the show in 1998. It wasn’t until February 2002 that they were told they would be in the running for the show’s $10,000 grand prize.