Final Jeopardy: American Inventors

The Final Jeopardy question (6/28/2016) in the category “American Inventors” was:

Before his death in 1932, he donated over $100 million, including $50 million to the University of Rochester.

2x champ Harris Stutman brought his winnings up to $39,700 yesterday, winning from third place with the only right response to Final Jeopardy!. Today he faces these two challengers: Afam Onyema, originally from Chicago, IL; and Jennifer Lloyd, from Bloomington, IN.

Round 1 Categories: Oh, God! – Name Their Sport – 20th Century Quotes – Doing Business Online – Westminster – “A” “B”

Harris found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “20th Century Quotes” under the $400 clue on the 6th pick of the round. He was in second place with $1,000, after picking up the last clue in “Name Their Sport.” Afam got every other clue in the category right and was in the lead with $2,200. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

In November 1973 Richard Nixon made this declaration, saying he’d earned everything he got.  show

Afam finished in the lead with $8,200. Jennifer was second with $5,600 and Harris was last with $3,400.

Round 2 Categories: I Just Got Out Of Prison after 30 Years – The Human Body – Hiding Places – History Bookshelf – ‘Bye, Rachel! Couples – Metaphors Be With “U”

Harris found the first Daily Double in “History Bookshelf” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. In third place with $3,800, he had $6,200 less than Afam’s lead. He bet $2,200 and he was RIGHT.

Bruce Catton’s Civil War work “A Stillness at” this 1865 historic site won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for History. show

Two clues later, Afam found the last Daily Double in “The Human Body” under the $800 clue. He was in the lead with $9,400 now, $3,400 more than Harris in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

DNA sequencing has greatly aided the mapping of this entire blueprint of a human being. show

Harris finished in the lead with $18,800. Jennifer was next with $11,600 and Afam was in third place with $11,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


George Eastman is one of the “Great Donors” honored in “The Almanac of American Philanthropy” Hall of Fame on The Philanthropy Roundtable website. The Kodak King was “a catalytic funder of universities. His $51 million in gifts made the University of Rochester into a top-tier school, and the $20 million he gave to MIT built its campus and reoriented it from local commuter facility to international leader. His adoption of MIT (and much of the rest of his philanthropy), was carried out anonymously, so many Americans then and now lacked awareness of his huge philanthropic footprints.”

Also, see the Philanthropy Hall of Fame index for over 50 more Great Donors.

Afam wrote down Carnegie. He lost his $10,000 bet and finished with $1,200.

Jennifer came up with Mayo. That cost her $11,300, leaving her with $300.

Harris got it right. His $5,000 bet brought him up to today’s winning total of $23,800. His 3-day total is $63,500.

Final Jeopardy: Harris Stutman, Jennifer Lloyd and Afam Afam Onyema

Two triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

HISTORY BOOKSHELF ($1600) Published in 1788, his “Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire” runs 1,312 pages in the abridged edition

BYE, RACHEL ($2000) Briefly a couple in the studio 54 era were RFK’s son David & this “Thorn Birds” Rachel

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “The Declaration of Independence”

The first official use of this 4-word term is at the Declaration’s beginning, immediately after “The thirteen”. show

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13 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    @Rhonda, I meant to ask you if you got the Rachel Thorn Birds clue? I didn’t know she dated RFK’s son, but I remember she married Bryan Brown, the actor who played her husband (second fiddle to Father Ralph LOL) in the mini-series

    • rhonda says:

      Yes, VJ, I did get that clue. I loved the book and the mini- series, loved her as Meggie. I didn’t know that she dated RFK’s son either but I know that she married Bryan Brown, I believe they are still together.

  2. aaaa says:

    MN doesn’t have a university of Rochester, too.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      No, they just have a regular Rochester… but that’s as close as “Mayo” comes to being right, so…

  3. VJ says:

    @Mathwiz100, one thing that helped Harris was getting 3 of the $2,000 clues, including this one in the Metaphors category: The poem “Invictus” says, “My head is bloody, but” this, so I’m still standing tall.

    Yay! Harris! You are the master of your fate :)

    Another thing was Afam missing 2 clues in “Hiding Places.” I’m going to put that one up in a little bit.

    Meantime, here’s a link to 9 clues from this game.

  4. jacob ska says:

    Mathwiz100, you are correct about the Mayo brothers. You are also right about Carnegie in that there is no connection with any Rochester to my knowledge. When I think of him I think Pittsburg, PA & his founding TIAA (now TIAA-CREF) retirement funds for educators.

    Harris has not missed a fj clue yet. Slow & steady wins the race it appears. :) :)

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Now that you mention it, Harris has been the ONLY person to get FJ right in each of three wins… and thank you for confirming those wrong FJ answers.

    • VJ says:

      I loved Harris’ poker face when Trebek said “The most important part of that clue was Rochester.” But when his 3-day total was shown, he broke out with the biggest grin

      • Cece says:

        When Alex said that, I was like, yeah, okay Alex; sure thing. No idea whatsoever. :)

        I loved the Hiding Places” categories.

  5. Mathwiz100 says:

    No idea how Harris went from 3rd place at the end of Round 1 to almost a runaway going into FJ, but… good for Harris.
    By Mayo I assume that the reference is to one of the Mayo brothers (who both died in 1939). The Mayo brothers did help found the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota.
    Carnegie died in 1919… not sure what he has to do with Rochester. He donated about $350 million dollars, though.