A retired professor from Berkeley, California...

Dan Melia

"He was a professor at U.C. Berkeley when he won the 1998 Tournament of Champions. Now he's retired and still living in Berkeley, California. Please welcome..."

2014 Battle of the Decades invitee: $5,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Elite Eighteen (Round 2 winners) member: $72,201.
1998 Tournament of Champions winner (semifinalist by wildcard): $100,000.
Season 13/14 5-time champion: $75,600 + a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette.

Dan appeared on Master Minds on 2020-05-29.

The official UToC web site listed Dan's full name as "Daniel F. Melia".

Last name pronounced like "MEAL-yuh".

On Wednesday, 2005-08-03, Dan, 61, wed Dara Hellman, 39, a teacher at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, on the Jeopardy! set at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, in a ceremony officiated by fellow 1998 ToC finalist Bob Harris, who was named a deputy commissioner of civil marriage by Los Angeles County. Alex Trebek attended the ceremony.

Dara's Jeopardy! Message Board user name: dhellman

Dan appeared in the following archived game:
#6787, aired 2014-03-04 Fritz Holznagel vs. Dan Melia vs. Pam Mueller Battle of the Decades: The 1990s game 2.
Dan previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Dan Melia in the following 3 archived games:
#4776, aired 2005-05-16 Jerome Vered vs. Dan Melia vs. Michael Daunt 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 3, game 6.
#4753, aired 2005-04-13 Kyle Hale vs. Rick Knutsen vs. Dan Melia 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 1. (Sergeant:...
#4715, aired 2005-02-18 Brian Wangsgard vs. Jeremy Bate vs. Dan Melia 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 8.

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