An attorney from Bonita Springs, Florida...

Bill MacDonald

What categories are you hoping for?
Well, the particular categories I would really like to see would be the sort of mental gymnastics categories, like wordplay or, y'know, spontaneous math, stuff like that, because I really--I really like the ones that make you think on your feet. Um, I like some, y'know, pop culture categories, too, things that are sort of fun. But, y'know, I'm ready for anything.

How has your life changed since your appearance on Jeopardy!?
Has my life changed since my last Jeopardy! appearance? Not, not a whole lot. Um, y'know, people say nice things about "Hey, this is the guy who was on Jeopardy!" and actually my wife gets more comments about it than I do. She's always being introduced as "...and her husband was on Jeopardy!" Nobody introduces me as "...and he was on Jeopardy!" So she's getting more mileage out of it than I am.

What do you think makes a great Jeopardy! player?
I think a great Jeopardy! player, uh, is just a weird combination of being able to relax--because that's really what you need to do in order to play well on the buzzer and to be able to call things to mind really quickly--um, so you have to be able to relax at the same time that you're really on the edge and really able to, to, to jump when you've got the answer in front of you. And it's--it's weird, I mean, sometimes you can do it--sometimes even one person can do it at one moment, then can't do it the next.

2006 Tournament of Champions 2nd runner-up: $50,000.
Season 22 4-time champion: $75,399 + $1,000.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: Rex Kramer

Won $125,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 1999-08-27.

Bill appeared in the following 4 archived games:
#5005, aired 2006-05-19 Bill MacDonald vs. Michael Falk vs. Vik Vaz 2006 Tournament of Champions final game 2.
#5004, aired 2006-05-18 Bill MacDonald vs. Michael Falk vs. Vik Vaz 2006 Tournament of Champions final game 1.
#5002, aired 2006-05-16 David Madden vs. Bill MacDonald vs. Kevin Marshall 2006 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 2.
#5000, aired 2006-05-12 Tom Kavanaugh vs. Bill MacDonald vs. Nico Martinez 2006 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 5.
Bill previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Bill MacDonald in the following 5 archived games:
#4881, aired 2005-11-28 Bill MacDonald vs. Beth Doner vs. Vik Vaz Bill MacDonald game 5. Vik Vaz game 1.
#4880, aired 2005-11-25 Bill MacDonald vs. Robert J. Lee vs. Pat Godwin Bill MacDonald game 4.
#4879, aired 2005-11-24 Bill MacDonald vs. Ben Davis vs. Wendy Stancer Bill MacDonald game 3.
#4878, aired 2005-11-23 Bill MacDonald vs. Beth Chalecki vs. Scott Zimmerman Bill MacDonald game 2.
#4877, aired 2005-11-22 Michael Cramer vs. Jeanne McDougall vs. Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald game 1.

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