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Wednesday, 14 September, 2005 11:02 PM

Jeopardy! Winner Ken Jennings Visits the U of M

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Ken Jennings describes his experience on Jeopardy!

by Gloria Rzucidlo
Gloria1025@yahoo.com

DEARBORN, MI -- Ken Jennings, the all-time biggest winner on the Jeopardy! TV game show visited the U of M Dearborn campus. He was on hand for a lecture, Q&A session and he played "Quiz the Whiz" with a student and professor from the university.

A very curious person, if he is interested in a topic, he reads about it. He didn't memorize anything for the show. If he's interested in something, "you remember it."

From the time he signed up and took the pre-show test, it took 10 months to actually get called to tape the show. He was on the show from June 2, 2004 to November 30, 2004. They taped five shows in one afternoon. Each show was on TV one day which equaled one week.

Each contestant had to stand on a black rectangle square. This black square raised and lowered for each person. Everyone had to appear the same height. So a taller person would be standing in a hole. A shorter person would be standing on a box.

Alex Trebek was never to associate with the contestants. He met the contestants as we would see on the show. He never played favoritism to any person. He reminded them to answer the questions in the form of a question.

Each time Jennings was on the show, he wrote his name differently. The reason for this was, everyone including his family and friends told him to write it this way or that way. However, he said there are only three letters in his name.

What did he do with his $2.5 million dollars? He said nothing much changed. He still drives his old Toyota Corolla but bought his wife a station wagon, send a lot of money to charity and just got back two days ago from a European vacation.

"Money doesn't mean much to me," he says. Jennings played the game for fun.

Jennings was on the game show for 74 episodes until he was defeated on his 75th appearance by Nancy Zerg. His winnings totally $2,520,700 during his first run on the show. While playing in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, he picked up an additional $500,000.

He was born in Seattle but grew up in South Korea. Currently, Jennings lives in Salt Lake City. He graduated with a degree in computer science and English from Brigham Young University. He was a member of the Quiz bowl Team at the college.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Jennings visits the U of M Dearborn after spending time on vacation in Europe.

 

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

He is just a normal guy and said, "Money doesn't mean much to me."

 

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