Earlier than he grew to become a “Jeopardy!” legend with a 74-game winning streak — and lengthy earlier than he grew to become the present’s “Greatest of All Time” — Ken Jennings was like another contestant, hoping to win only one sport.
On Monday, “Jeopardy!” followers have the uncommon alternative to see Jennings’ first look on the present that aired June 2, 2004. The episode has not aired since its authentic broadcast, in accordance with the “Jeopardy!” official web site.
Ken Jennings’ historical past
Jennings auditioned for “Jeopardy!” in 2003, earlier than there was a web based check. He and a former Brigham Younger College roommate drove from Utah to Los Angeles to audition, Jennings beforehand informed the Deseret News.
A couple of 12 months after that drive, Jennings was at his job in Salt Lake Metropolis (he was a software program engineer for CHG Healthcare Providers on the time) when he obtained the stunning cellphone name.
“Bob from ‘Jeopardy!’ was … like, ‘OK, we truly need to have you ever on (the present) in three weeks,’” Jennings recalled. “I’d completely forgotten that I had ever tried out for ’Jeopardy!’ after which I panicked as a result of I had not been finding out; I had not even been watching the present, and so then it was flashcards morning, midday and evening.”
Jennings’ look on the present got here at a big time. Earlier than the present’s 20th season premiere in 2003, contestants may only win five games (“Jeopardy! Biggest of All Time” participant Brad Rutter, whose first look on the present was in 2000, possible would’ve gained greater than 5 video games had this rule been lifted).
To have fun the present’s 20th season, “Jeopardy!” producers changed the rule, permitting contestants to proceed enjoying till being defeated — thus permitting Jennings to go on and win 74 video games. Previous to Jennings’ run, the document profitable streak was eight games.
What to anticipate in his first sport
In response to a Ken Jennings timeline, Jennings’ run on the present got here near ending throughout his first sport.
Going into Closing Jeopardy, Jennings had $20,000. He guess $17,201 of that quantity on the ultimate clue: “She’s the primary feminine monitor & subject athlete to win medals in 5 completely different occasions at a single Olympics.”
Jennings responded, “Who’s Jones?” referencing Marion Jones.
Host Alex Trebek mentioned, “We’ll settle for that, when it comes to feminine athletes, there aren’t that many.”
But when the response hadn’t been accepted, Jennings would have completed final, and his streak by no means would have began.
Tips on how to watch:
Jennings’ first “Jeopardy!” look will air Monday at 6:30 p.m. MT on KJZZ. Following that episode, “Jeopardy!” will re-broadcast its biggest tournament within the present’s historical past — the ”Greatest of All Time” event that aired in January and drew near 15 million viewers per episode.
Right here is the total broadcast schedule, in accordance with the present’s web site:
- Could 4: Jennings’ first sport (Unique airdate: June 2, 2004)
- Could 5: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 1, Recreation 1
- Could 6: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 1, Recreation 2
- Could 7: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 2, Recreation 1
- Could 8: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 2, Recreation 2
- Could 11: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 3, Recreation 1
- Could 12: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 3, Recreation 2
- Could 13: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 4, Recreation 1
- Could 14: “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” Match 4, Recreation 2
- Could 15: Jennings’ closing sport (Unique airdate: Nov. 30, 2004)
— to www.deseret.com