Final Jeopardy: Authors & Filmmakers

The Final Jeopardy question (2/27/2015), in the category “Authors & Filmmakers” was:

This author had a bitter feud with Michael Moore over the title of a 2004 documentary.

New champ Jose Garriga won $16,401 in yesterday’s game. In the last game of the week, he takes on these two players: Richmond Curtiss, from Palm Springs, CA; and Natalie Kistner, from Plano, TX.

Round 1: Jose found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “U.N. International Years” under the $600 clue before the first break. He was in the lead with $2,200, $1,600 more than Natalie in second place. He bet $500 and he was RIGHT.

2004: commemorating the struggle against this & its abolition, which sadly still hasn’t happened. show

Jose finished in the lead with $7,700. Natalie was second with $4,600 and Richmond was last with $3,000.

Round 2: Jose found the first Daily Double in “Historical Fiction” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $12,900, $3,500 more than Natalie in second place. He bet $2,100 and he was RIGHT.

“That Fateful Lightning” is “A Novel of” this Civil War General looking back on his life while he’s dying of cancer. show

Richmond found the last Daily Double in “Geographic Nicknames” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $7,000, $10,800 less than Jose’s lead. The less than a minute warning had already been given. He bet $5,000 and mispronounced the correct answer so he was WRONG.

Mountain range that forms “the Backbone of Italy”. show

Jose finished in the lead with $19,800. Natalie was next with $11,000 and Richmond was in third place with $2,000.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 (1953), was very upset over Michael Moore using the title “Fahrenheit 9/11” for his 2004 documentary. In a 2004 “Hardball” interview with guest host Andrea Mitchell, Bradbury asserted that Moore stole his title and said: “He’s putting my title on his film. I had nothing to do with his film. Therefore, he can’t take credit; he can’t take my name and my title and have it apply to his film. My novel is not a political novel. It’s an aesthetic novel; a philosophical and a sociological study in modern history. It’s not political at all in any way yet a study of humanity and education.” (NBC News: “Fahrenheit 451” author wants title back)

Richmond didn’t have a guess. He bet and lost it all.

Natalie thought it was (Michael) Crichton. That cost her $6,601 bet and she wound up with $4,399.

Jose got it right. He added $2,201 to win this match with $22,001. His 2-day total is $38,402.

During the chat, Jose talked about being on the cover of the New York Times at age 6 with his first grade class.

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Colleges & Universities”

One of its mascots is a restored 1930 sport coupe that’s been in use at the school since 1961. show

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24 Responses

  1. Richmond says:

    You are welcome everyone. This is a cool group. It reinforces what a cultural institution Jeopardy is and how many people actually watch. It’s hard, as a contestant, to wrap your head around the fact that millions and millions of people see you, let alone analyze and comment on everything about the game and players. Every now and then I hear a celebrity on tv say that they never miss Jeopardy and realize it means they probably saw me, and saw me screw up my daily double, maybe critiqued the way I looked etc etc. I don’t know if the staff at the show know about your group here but they are an amazing and very nice group of people and would be pleased and gratified by all of your dedication to the show.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks, Richmond, it’s very nice of you to say that. Hope you’ll be visiting Fikkle Fame again soon. :):)

      • Cece says:

        Oh, man! Now we’re gonna have to behave to live up to Richmond’s words (Just kidding!). You’re a pretty cool guy yourself, Richmond. :)

        • EricS says:

          It is hard to behave this far from the holidays (especially for some of the more mischievous of us)!

  2. Richmond says:

    I just ran across this site and read some comments about me relating to my appearance on Jeopardy on Feb 27, 2015. First I want to say that CeCe is right that even if I got my double Jeopardy question right (Appenines), I wouldn’t have won but it would have felt great to have my $5000 bet pay off. Grrr…

    Secondly John Blahuta was wondering how I got my unusual name, Richmond (and yes I’m glad I wasn’t named Sacramento! lol). VJ is right that one of the Arquettes ( the least famous it seems) is named Richmond and I have met one other many years ago. Also in Shakespeare’s Henry IV the Duke of Richmond, who everyone calls Richmond, saves the day at the end of the play. I, however, was named for my father and grandfather so I’m a ‘3rd’ (sounds snooty I know). Even my grandfather wasn’t sure why his parents gave him the name. He did say, though, that his parents spent their honeymoon in Richmond,VA so it is possible that in an indirect way I was named for the city.

    • EricS says:


    • VJ says:

      Thanks, Richmond. I’ve always been fascinated by names and nicknames. I think it’s great that you added the Shakespeare ref — it might result in a few more Richmonds on the planet :):)

      • Cece says:

        ‘You know what’s trippy (borrowing from our friend Eric) about Richmond commenting here today? The other day there was a clue about Nutella and it made me think of a comment I made here re a French court & a baby named Nutella, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, I tried and failed to remember why I made the comment. And here it is, Richmond’s game and the answer to my question. Wow.

  3. john blahuta says:

    and what’s in a name, really?? it’s the person, the character, the attitude etc that count. different races, different cultures, different cultures, languages- you name it, all that counts is the individual and i have not seldom found out that the “pc” people are the biggest hypocrites. so what if somebody is named jesus, maria, jose, pierre, or looks more white, black, yellow, green for all i care??
    if that’s her/his name or look or his race looks in general darker or has a different height or whatever on average?? just as you think of a dark haired guy with a little darker skin you might think of somebody sitting in a coffee house eating a “torte” or in a beer garden or a wine tavern or whatever when you hear the word “austria”….:):)

  4. Cece says:

    Wow, Jose – congrats! @John, you’re right, he doesn’t look like a Jose (is it PC to say that? — nowadays, everything is considered racism). :)

    I think overall this was a good game. All 3 players were good. Too bad Richmond mispronounced Appenines; though he wouldn’t have won anyway, he would have felt good about getting it right, after betting a bundle.

    • VJ says:

      idk, he kind of reminds me a little of Jose Ferrer, though Ferrer had a bigger nose

      I know a red-headed Jose (Cuban father, American mom)

    • john blahuta says:

      pc or not….i have no intention to offend anyone. a scandinavian looks probably blonder and has lighter skin, every race has its own distinction, nothing wrong with that. some people seem to be “pc” but are really hypocrites. there is nothing wrong with NOT looking “like a jose…” a person of hispanic descent DOES look a little darker than a norwegian e.g. it would be boring if we were all the same. i like or dislike an individual person maybe, but then i would have my reasons. it’s the political OVERcorrectness that bothers me. if somebody looks like an orthodox jew because he is one, so what??? everybody should be proud to be what s/he is and others should respect that. that – e.g.- african looks different than an eskimo is a fact. period. i basically like everybody unless they give me a specific reason not to, end of story!
      yes, it was a good game, especially when you think of previous games…:):)
      take care and have a nice weekend!!

      • Cece says:

        Agree. You take care and enjoy your weekend too!

        (We’re watching The Birdcage. A funny oldie.) :):)

        • john blahuta says:

          i loved that movie, it was not only very funny, it also showed the hypocrisy of people…i guess that’s in part WHY it was so funny!

  5. VJ says:

    All our FJ predictions were wrong. LOL

    • john blahuta says:

      yeah, you called it!!! but at least Jose had it right and won. OLE JOSE!!!
      (strange, he does not look like a Jose at all..)
      congratulations and we finish the week with 6/15 or 40 %, double from last week.
      Jose also got his 2 dd right, so i would say a deserved win.

      if the trend continues we might finish 12/15 next week and finally get a triple solve (my tongue is in my cheek…:) )

      • john blahuta says:

        since we were talking about names yesterday: did they mention anything in the interview how richmond got his first name? never heard that used this way before!
        well, at least his parents did not name him sacramento..:):) actually, richmond does not sound bad and at least it’s unique!as a matter of fact there are a few state capitals that are/could be used as a first name:
        (st.) paul
        jefferson (w/o the “city”)
        providence (sort of prudence)

        never noticed that learn something new every day!

      • VJ says:

        The Arquette sisters have a brother named Richmond, also an actor.

        Here is a list of unisex place names that I came up with from the year 2012. Richmond isn’t on it because there were no girls named that in 2012 (26 boys) or 2013 (17 boys) for that matter.

        Madison for girls is the most popular.

        • john blahuta says:

          hm….maybe i should re-name myself “maui”. that IS a name, a half-god according to hawaiian legend. he held the sun hostage over haleakala and only released it when it promised to always shine over hawai’i…
          but then it’s really a last name. john maui…nah!!!

        • Cece says:

          Since the 2 of you are back on the subject of names, it made me think about when a French court last month forbade parents from naming their baby Nutella. I cannot imagine that happening in here (has it ever?).

        • VJ says:

          There actually was a case in 2013 where a Tennessee judge decided to take it upon herself to rename a baby who had been named Messiah. It didn’t work out too well– for the judge LINK

        • Cece says:

          That’s funny, VJ. And the father’s name is something else too (Jawaan). But see, here they can try but won’t get away with it. In France, the judge just forbade it. The name Messiah is no different than naming a baby Jesus (in L.A. countries, mostly).

        • VJ says:

          Well, I have come across some pretty strange names while making the name meaning site. Back in the 19th century, parents had quite a penchant for biblical names and it almost seemed like an “I know the Bible better than you” contest. Some of these ladies named their kids after biblical figures whose only appearance in the bible was when they were “begat.” And of course there were plenty of misspellings.

          Here’s one example: the name Barzillai. Somehow, this got transformed into Brazilla for one guy. It didn’t scar him for life though — he became a politician and served in the House for many years. He went by B. Carroll Reece.

        • Cece says:

          That’s just crazy. Thanks for the info, and the laugh. :)