A database developer and writer from New York, New York...

Fred Ramen

Date of First Appearance:
September 1997; it was the 5th show of the season.

Total Winnings:
$61,000 and one Corvette for the regular season; $5,000 for the tournament

Records/Stats:
5-time undefeated champ; second contestant (and second in a row) to be awarded new car; semifinalist (lost to eventual winner Dan Melia) in the Tournament of Champions

Favorite Anecdote:
Showing my mascot stuffed turtle, Lucky Bill, to Alex during the question segment of game 4; being recognized on the B subway line a month after my appearance; turning to Dan Melia before our semifinal match and saying “So, Obi-Wan, we meet at last.” (Dan had immediately preceded me in the regular-season.)

Did being on Jeopardy! have an effect on your life?
Two years later I was able to quit my job and start my own consulting business. I also became a free-lance writer and have written 14 textbooks to date.

Anything crazy:
Used the last drops of winnings to buy my wife an engagement ring.

Anything else:
Lucky Bill Lives!

"Thanks to his 5 wins in 1997, he was able to become self-employed. He's now a database developer and writer. From New York, New York..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $44,000.
1998 Tournament of Champions wildcard semifinalist: $5,000. Lost to eventual winner Dan Melia, who was also a wildcard.
Season 14 5-time champion: $61,000 + a Corvette + Jeopardy! scorekeeper.

Jeopardy! Message Board user names: vonrammen

Fred appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#4755, aired 2005-04-15 Michael Rooney vs. Tom Walsh vs. Fred Ramen 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 3.
#4723, aired 2005-03-02 Lee Lassiter vs. Jennifer Wu vs. Fred Ramen 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 16. (Jimmy:...
Fred previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Fred Ramen in the following 2 archived games:
#3101, aired 1998-02-09 Fred Ramen vs. Dan Melia vs. Claudia Perry 1998 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 1.
#3096, aired 1998-02-02 Kim Worth vs. Fred Ramen vs. Lyn Payne 1998 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1.

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