Final Jeopardy: Europe 1962

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14 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    I still don’t know why Chris Matthews said Gary Powers instead of Francis Gary Powers. He played terribly in 2012.

    • TR says:

      Well, a quick search finds multiple references to him as just ‘Gary’ Powers, which is probably why that 2012 clue specified “full name”. That might be how he was popularly known, and how Matthews learned his name.

      He wasn’t bad during that $1M celeb tourney in 2010, but yeah, he sucked in 2012 ;)

      • Richard Corliss says:

        Especially in May 1, 2003 he wasn’t bad. He defeated Gilmore Girls, The Pacifier Lauren Graham and ER’s Paul McCrane. In February 2010 reunion tournament, even though he did very well, David Duchovny from The X-Files and Charles Shaughnessy from Playhouse Disney preschool series Stanley and Mad Men seem a little faster on that button. May 1, 2003 was the same day when Wheel of Fortune went to San Diego, Kara who solved GOOD INTENTIONS broke the Toss-UP device after winning $2,000.

  2. aaaa says:

    Alex Jacob, 2015 TofC winner, has omgwheelhouse as his screenname on Jboard

  3. Lou says:

    Congrats to Lisa on her big win. Francis Powers was held for two and a half years nearly by the Russians. What sort of work did he do while he was held captive. VJ?

    Lisa is a force to be reckoned with and I hope she has the playing style of Kerry Greene and Andrew Pau, don’t you agree?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, apparently Powers took up carpet weaving in captivity. The Natl Air & Space Museum has a picture of his handiwork online

      @everyone, There were actually 2 triple stumpers in the game so I added the other one in the recap and put up 2 categories (Recent History & Emmys) over here: LINK

      That fill-in Questioning Movies category was hilariously easy but not as hilarious as Lisa’s Wheaties answer to the $1200 “W”ords clue — “It’s the breakfast food that also means to be indecisive.” I’m sure it was the first W breakfast food that popped in her mind and I’m sorry it cost her $1200, but I still loved it. :):)

      • rhonda says:

        VJ, thanks so much for the link to the Pasternak book, I hadn’t heard of it before. Dr. Zhivago is my all-time favorite movie and Lara is the name of my little doxy.

        • VJ says:

          You’re welcome, Rhonda. That clue surprised me, too. I hadn’t heard of the book either. At first, I misunderstood the clue and thought that BP wrote it himself.

        • rhonda says:

          That’s what I thought, too. I guess the clue should have been worded better, but I just said “LARA” lol.

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    The Final Jeopardy! response reminds me of when this show was in D.C. May 14, 2012. Chris Matthews from previous news shows on MSNBC and CNBC. He never knew what the full name was. It was like this:
    Alex: Chris.
    Chris: Who is Gary Powers?
    Alex: (He looked at the judges) We need the full name. (Chris repeated the same thing)
    Chris: (insistently) Who is Gary Powers?!
    Alex: No. (The audience laughed) Lizzie. (Lizzie O’Leary was from CNN)
    Lizzie: Who is Francis Gary Powers?
    Alex: Yes. Full name. Lizzie benefits she selects.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, but idk why they needed his full name when Powers went by his middle name and there is plenty out there just referring to him as Gary Powers. Here’s one newsreel

      • jacob ska says:

        @VJ, I saw that game too & I could swear (no offense intended) the way the clue was worded it requested his FULL name. Chris Matthews didn’t know it as Richard correctly pointed out. He could only come up with “Gary Powers.” Not good from a journalist who should know his full name. :( :(

        • VJ says:

          You’re right, Jacob. I found the clue in the 5/14/2012 game on J-Archive and it did ask for his full name: “Full name of the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960” and, as a journalist, Chris Matthews should have known it. Power Players. lol

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