An alcohol and drug counselor from Rockford, Illinois...

Paul Gutowski

Date of first appearance:
January 1997

Total winnings:
$53,801

Records/Stats:
Five-time champ, Jeopardy! 1997. Beloit College Wallyball Champion 1987. Also, the only person to hit the back of the auditorium in “Eighth Hour Baseball” when I was a freshman in high school. On the fly, mind you. (It was actually a paper ball wrapped in tape and muslin, the fabric used in sets for plays, etc. It's a long story.)

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show:
Hmmmmm, there are a few. It was a much nicer experience than being on that other knowledge based show, (you know, the one that was done prime time because this major network had nothing else to broadcast except this show for about a month or so at the time and then hasn't shown since, that show) but Regis and Alex both smelled nice. Also, that other show only gave me a pen as a going away gift. Oh, and a keychain, too. Really.

Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect on your life?
Yes.

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
No. Does having children count?

Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
I keep wanting to write something serious or profound or extraordinarily goofy (writing this at 2 AM probably has something to do with it). I guess I'd encourage people to have fun, watch Jeopardy! and eat your vegetables. And be good to one another. Oh, and I'm supposed to tell you I come from Rockford, Illinois, THE HOME OF THE SOCK MONKEY, and I want to say Hi to CJ, Drew and Juju, and all the folks at Fairview, and I want to give a shout to Judy C's mom, who's a really big fan of the show (and I think has a crush on Alex) and that's about it. For now.

"He was the first 5-time winner in 1997. An alcohol and drug counselor from Rockford, Illinois..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $32,802.
1998 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $2,500.
Season 13 5-time champion: $51,301.

Paul appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#4768, aired 2005-05-04 Frank Spangenberg vs. Bev Schwartzberg vs. Paul Gutowski 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 16. (Jimmy:...
#4748, aired 2005-04-06 Dave Abbott vs. Mark Born vs. Paul Gutowski 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 41. (Cheryl:...
Paul previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Paul Gutowski in the following archived game:
#3097, aired 1998-02-03 Paul Gutowski vs. Claudia Perry vs. Josh Den Hartog 1998 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 2.

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