TV Game Show Contestant
(May 23, 1974- )
Resides in Utah
Jeopardy Champion (June 2-July 23, 2004, September-November 30, 2004)
Ended 2003-04 season with 38 wins and $1,321,660
Total Jeopardy winnings in excess of $2,500,000
Won 74 consecutive games
Why he might be annoying
He looks and acts like Richie Cunningham from 'Happy Days.'
He benefited from Jeopardy dropping their 5 show maximum before retiring champions.
He also benefited from Jeopardy doubling the cash prizes.
To annoy Alex Trebek he tied Jeopardy's single day record of $52,000, three times.
He told Harry Smith on the 'Early Show' he intentionally did not want to break the single day record out of respect to the player who holds it.
He waited until the last day of the 2003-04 season to set the new all time single day record at $75,000.
He credits part of his winning to getting accustomed to the rhythm of ringing in as soon as Alex Trebek reads the clue.
He shakes his head in disbelief everytime his winnings are announced.
He has a pointy nose, pointy chin and pointy ears.
He lost when he missed two double jeopardy daily doubles and the final question.
His lost occured September but not aired until the last day of November. Because of this, his lose was leaked on the Internet.
He contemplated retiring from Jeopardy if he won 100 games.
Why he might not be annoying
He is very likeable.
He has a great sense of humor.
He has vast knowledge of many things.
Although an English major in college, he realizes he would not make a living at it, so he also studied computer sciences.
He broke the half-million dollar winning mark on his sixteen consecutive win on Jeopardy (June 23, 2004).
His total of over $2,500,000 and 75 appearances destroyed the previous record of Tom Walsh, who won $184,900 in seven days (January 2004).
He was a member of Brigham Young University's winning College Bowl team.
He is an editor of the National Academic Quiz Tournament.
On his 19th appearance, Alex said he was running out of interview questions to ask him.
He read a top ten on David Letterman's Show and appeared as a guest on David Letterman (November 30, 2004).
His average daily winnings were $34,063.51 with a high of $75,000 in game 38.
He gave more than 2,700 correct responses.
Jeopardy ratings were up 22% during his reign.
H&R Block offered him free tax work for the rest of his life.
He lost $10,200 on daily doubles and went into final Jeopardy with a $4,400 lead.
Nancy Zerg stopped his win streak at 74 and $2.5 million.
Category: Business and Industry
Final Jeopardy clue: Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.
Nancy Zerg's correct response: 'What is H&R Block?' bet $4,001 of her $10,000 to finish at $14,001.
His incorrect response 'What is Federal Express?' bet 5,601 or $14,400 to finish at $8,799.
He is left handed.
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Year In Review:
For 2014, as of last week, Out of 20 Votes: 30.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 22 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 91 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 91 Votes: 47.25% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 58 Votes: 39.66% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 57 Votes: 47.37% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 162 Votes: 48.15% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 244 Votes: 47.95% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 477 Votes: 53.67% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 10169 Votes: 41.29% Annoying
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