A high school administrator from Moorestown, New Jersey...

David Traini

Date of First Appearance:
October 1986

Total Winnings:
1986 Regular Season: $54,502
1987 Tournament of Champions: $16,000 (lost by $1)
1990 Super Jeopardy! Tournament third place: $25,000
Grand Total: $95,502

Records Held:
Five-day champ
Finalist in every tournament entered
First person ever to defeat Chuck Forrest (first round of Super Jeopardy!; in the second round, I defeated Bob Blake, who had just broken Chuck's single season record).

Favorite Anecdote:
During the last day of the finals of the Tournament of Champions, Bob Verini, Eugene Finerman, several of the contestant coordinators, and I serenaded the audience. During the commercial break right before the Double Jeopardy! Round, we started to sing, without any warning, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." It helped to break the tension and put things into perspective. It was great fun!!

Effect of Jeopardy! on my Life:
Upon my return to New Jersey, I immediately enrolled in graduate school. Within a couple of months, my wife quit her job to take care of my son David full time. Within two years, I had landed my first administrative position. The increase in salary allowed my wife to stay home and raise my son David and my son Anthony, whom we adopted in 1994.

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
When my wife quit her job, she was making 60% of the family income. The winnings kept us going until I became an administrator.

"This 5-time champ finished second in the 1987 Tournament of Champions. He's now a high school administrator living in Moorestown, New Jersey..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $25,000.
1990 Super Jeopardy! 2nd runner-up: $25,000.
1987 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up: $16,000.
Season 3 5-time champion: $54,502.

Dave was announced as "David Traini", and wrote "David" on his podium for his first UToC game; for his second UToC game, he was announced as "Dave Traini" and wrote "Dave" on his podium.

David appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#4762, aired 2005-04-26 Ryan Holznagel vs. Chris Miller vs. David Traini 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 10. (Austin...
#4711, aired 2005-02-14 David Traini vs. Alan Bailey vs. Janet Wong 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 4.
David previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Dave Traini in the following 3 archived games:
Super Jeopardy! #13, aired 1990-09-08 Bob Verini vs. Bruce Seymour vs. Dave Traini Super Jeopardy! final game. The conclusion of The $250,000 Challenge.
Super Jeopardy! #12, aired 1990-09-01 Dave Traini vs. Bob Blake vs. Jeff Richmond Super Jeopardy! semifinal game 3.
Super Jeopardy! #9, aired 1990-08-11 Chuck Forrest vs. Dave Traini vs. Ron Black vs. Yael Sofaer Super Jeopardy! quarterfinal game 7.

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