I lost on Jeopardy

Posted on July 31, 2008 

I lost on Jeopardy

Some of my earliest TV memories were of watching Jeopardy with my mother. The current incarnation of show is 24 this year, and I’m 34, and I actually remember the media blitz when they launched the new, Alex Trebek-hosted version. This is because at the age of 10 I was susceptible to advertising-driven excitement over corporate products, but also because I was, and remain to this day, a nerd. I love trivia. I don’t necessarily mean that I seek out trivia-themed competition — though I’m always up for Trivial Pursuit, I was never in Quiz Bowl or did bar trivia night. No, I mean that I enjoy learning trivial information for its own sake. I read Wikipedia for fun. I tell “interesting anecdotes” about long-dead kings that have caused the occasional eye to glaze over.

Pretty much from the beginning, people told me “You should be on Jeopardy!” I believe I actually sent in a 3 x 5 card one year in an attempt to get into the teen tournament; I never heard back. As I grew into adulthood, I stopped watching the show on any sort of regular basis, but it was always in the back of my mind — if I were ever going to do any kind of game show, that would be the one. And this year, it actually happened. There seems to be some kind of rule that if you go on Jeopardy, you write about it on the Internet — I found plenty of narratives as I was preparing to be on the show — so here’s my contribution.


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