Jeopardy! Contestant News
Local newspapers often interview people who are about to appear on Jeopardy! before they do, and sometimes, they go talk to them after their show aired. Here are some links to recent Jeopardy! news and local articles:
LoHud.com: Here’s an article on LoHud.com that was published today (10/4/2017) “Quirky Jeopardy! Champ Austin Rogers is a Westchester Native,” where Austin tells them all about himself, including his bona fides in music, history and art, and why he bets BIG.
Spotted on WWTBAM: DAN FEITEL – I just happened to turn the TV on (pretty sure it was Thurs, 9/21/17) when it was already on ABC and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire was on. I immediately recognized Dan Feitel. He just succeeded on a $50K question and had a free shot at this $100K question: “According to the SSA, which of these has ranked among the Top 1000 newborn baby girl names for the year exactly once, in 2001?” The 4 choices were: Beyoncé, Aaliyah, Paris and Hermione.
There had to be an explanation why this name was in the Top 1000 for that one year only, Dan reasoned. He went with Aaliyah, but the answer was Beyoncé. So Dan finished with $50,000, not quite half of the $127,998 he won as a 5x Jeopardy! champ. He also was a semi-finalist in the 2015 ToC. Congrats to Dan!
In 2001, Beyonce popped up in the Top 1000 at No. 700 for the first and only time. Dan was right that Aaliyah died tragically around then (8/25/2001), but her name was already popular. Aaliyah first entered the Top 1000 in 2000 at No. 211. Its popularity rose every year until 2012, when it peaked at No. 36. In 2016, it was the 53rd most popular baby girl name.
Grand Island Independent reported on Laura Kelsay’s watch party at the a local restaurant, where she and her friends and family watched her win the first game of Season 34
The New York Times covered the July 7, 2017 marriage of Maryanne Lewell and Michael Townes, Jeopardy! contestants who competed in the 2013 Teachers Tournament (but not against each other). Also, here’s a post from when they got engaged.
MyHorryNews.com – Although he lives in Los Angeles now, 5x Jeopardy champ Jon Eisenman is originally from Conway, S.C. He talked to his local news outlet about his Jeopardy! experience. (Horry is the name of the country that Conway is in, by the way, in case it reminded you horror films!) There’s also a Q&A with Jon on Daily Report. You have to register to be able to read the second page.
The Deseret News talked to BYU alumna Elisabeth Larsen and BYU senior Brandon Randall about their upcoming appearance on Monday, 6/24/17, when they both will compete against Pat McNamee.