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  •  jeopardy - there's a story there that I (8+ / 0-)

    haven't heard.  Spill.

    I'm not a complete idiot - some parts are missing.

    by Civil Writes Activist on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 06:56:08 AM PDT

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    •  Well, in 1992 there were auditions (10+ / 0-)

      at Resorts in Atlantic City (Merv Griffin owned it).  All I really wanted was to be able to say I passed the test.

      So I called the number about 20 times, finally got through, got told when to show up to take a preliminary test, and took it.  Very dumb questions.   "Name a province to the left of Ontario."  Which way am I facing?  was my answer.  I guess it was the right one, because they told me to come back for the Real Test in 2 weeks.

      I followed all the suggestions in Trebek's Jeopardy! book.  Practice standing up, use a ball-point pen as a clicker, embed the 'What is...' answer format so deeply in your memory that I still tend to answer that way.

      The test was three parts: written (watching video with Alex's voice reading the question), mock game, extemporaneously addressing the group, which got smaller and smaller with each part.  And then they said "We'll call about 1/3 of you between now and next spring."  We all said "We passed!  We passed!.

      I never expected to get called, but two weeks later they called.  That was in late June; in August I was in LA, in the contestant room doing needlepoint (if I wasn't ready by then...), dealing with a man shouting across the set "She has no lips!" and then the lights were on and the waiting was over.  

      I won $29,200 and a week in Montreal for coming in second in Game 3.  We went in January, saw the Flyers at the Forum, it snowed...heaven.

      It was soooo much fun.  

      "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

      by escapee on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 09:17:05 AM PDT

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