A sportswriter from Oak Hill, Virginia...

Eddie Timanus

Date of first appearance:
October, 1999

Total winnings:
$69,700 + $5,000 from the 2000 ToC + $10,000 from the Million Dollar Masters Tournament. Oh, and the Camaros.

Records held/Stats:
5-time champ (I think I was the highest five-day money winner from that season, but don't quote me on that), semifinalist in 2000 ToC.

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show?
That would have to be meeting my wife, Kelli. We didn't meet as a direct result of my appearance, but she had seen me on the show and knew who I was, so I think she felt a little better about meeting me in person because of that. We met via an internet mailing list on Yahoo! Groups devoted to game shows. To make a long story short, I once posted something to the list that she found useful for her seventh-grade geometry class. She e-mailed me to tell me she'd used it in her teaching, and we started exchanging emails from there. We met for the first time face-to-face in August of 2000, about a year after my initial appearance on Jeopardy! We got married in July of 2002. Our son, Evan, is now five months old.

Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect on your life?
Besides that, you mean? That was the best part, of course, but I'm still getting recognized seemingly wherever I go--the press box at the NCAA hockey championships, an American Indian casino in Kansas, the airport in San Juan, on the beach in Aruba, etc. It's really quite remarkable. I still consider myself just a regular dude.

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
Nah, I bought and furnished my bachelor condo with most of it. Fortunately, my condo appreciated in value so much before I sold it when my wife and I bought our townhouse that I got most of the money back.

Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
Nah. Just remember I'm hardly the only smart blind guy out there. There's a lot we can do with the right opportunity.

"His 5 wins in 1999 made him one of the most talked-about champions of all time. A sportswriter from Oak Hill, Virginia..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament quarterfinalist: $10,000.
2000 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $5,000.
Season 16 5-time champion: $69,700 + 2 Chevrolet Camaros.

Eddie won $50,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 2004-11-26.

As an accommodation for a disability, Eddie was given a card with the name of the categories in Braille at the beginning of each round; additionally, for his UToC game, an audio signaling system, synchronous with the game board's lights that are always a part of the game, helped Eddie know when he could safely ring in.

Eddie appeared in the following archived game:
#4733, aired 2005-03-16 Jonathan Groff vs. Eddie Timanus vs. Jean Grewe 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 26. Audio...
Eddie previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Eddie Timanus in the following archived game:
#4081, aired 2002-05-06 Leslie Shannon vs. Eddie Timanus vs. Bob Verini 2002 Million Dollar Masters quarterfinal game 4.
Eddie would later appear on Jeopardy! as Eddie Timanus in the following archived game:
#6786, aired 2014-03-03 Rachael Schwartz vs. Babu Srinivasan vs. Eddie Timanus Battle of the Decades: The 1990s game 1.

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