Date of first appearance:
$32,400 ($27,400 in the College Tournament, $5,000 in the Tournament of Champions)
Winner of the 1991 College Tournament; semifinalist in the 1991 Tournament of Champions.
Favorite anecdotes associated with being on the show:
(1) The fall after my appearance, I was visiting New York with friends. While riding the subway, a fellow rider looked at me and said “Hey, I saw you on Jeopardy!” I was pleased; it was the first time I'd been recognized. Then he said, “You did all right, I guess.” Gee, thanks for the enthusiasm!
(2) I received two “fan mail” letters written by grandmotherly sorts, both referring to me as a “nice young man.” While that was nice, being single at the time, I was kind of annoyed that neither one offered to introduce me to a daughter or granddaughter.
Did being on Jeopardy! have any effect on your life?
It changed my career path--instead of getting a job in engineering after graduation, I went straight into grad school, got a masters in management, and promptly forgot all my engineering. I've spent the last 12 years speaking to engineers about technology without any real idea what they are talking about.
Did you do anything crazy with your winnings:
I bought a nine CD box set--it seemed like a big deal to this frugal college student... I bought my first stereo, paid for grad school. The last of it went for my honeymoon in Italy in 2000.
Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
In answer to the questions I've been asked most frequently since my appearance: yes, I did learn all that stuff by reading the encyclopedia, and, no, I've never been asked that before.
"While attending Georgia Tech, he won the 1991 College Championship. Now he's a project manager and expectant father. From Atlanta, Georgia..."
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $25,000.
1991 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $5,000.
1991 College Champion: $27,400 + a trophy.
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