A junior at the University of Southern California from Huntington Beach, California...

Ken Basin

Hi, I'm Ken from USC. Watch me on Jeopardy!

What are you studying?
I'm studying international relations, and I'm hoping to go to law school when I'm done with USC.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself all around the world. When I'm done with school, I want to go into international law, which is, by definition, an international field, and use the money I earn from that to just travel everywhere. That's my passion, that's what I hope to do with anything I win here on Jeopardy!, and that's really where my interest lies.

Did you do any special preparations for tonight?
To prepare for today was really hard, and kind of, it's frustrating, because you really don't know what's going to be on, you can't know everything in the world. So, you just gotta hope that what you do know happens to come up in your game, and not in the game after yours (because that would make it that much worse). I went over just some basic information for peace of mind most of all.

Would you like to say "Hi" to anybody?
I was offered $100 to give a shout-out to my friend David Echeverria for his birthday, so happy birthday, David, and I will be expecting payment when I return home. And also, "hi" to my family, who actually flew all the way out from California to see me, and everybody back home who's going to be watching this and either cheering me on if I win or laughing at me horribly if I lose.

2003 College Championship semifinalist: $5,000.

Blog at kbasin.blogspot.org.

Appearing as a 24-year-old entertainment lawyer from Los Angeles, California, Ken won $25,000 on the final night of the return to prime time of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 2009-08-23. Watching from the audience was his girlfriend, 2000 College Championship winner and 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Elite Eighteen member Pam Mueller, whom he had met at Harvard Law where, according to Pam, they were introduced by mutual friend Jessie, who said, "Pam, meet Ken. He was on Jeopardy! Ken, meet Pam. She was on Jeopardy!" Ken's lifelines were Jerome Vered, Alan Bailey, and Dan Pawson. Jerome supplied Ken with the correct answer to the half-million dollar question, so Ken already had $500,000 in the bank, and still had "Ask the Audience" as his sole remaining lifeline, when the final question was announced: "For ordering his favorite beverages on demand, LBJ had four buttons installed in the Oval Office labeled 'coffee,' 'tea,' 'Coke' and what? A. Fresca B. V8 C. Yoo-hoo D. A&W" The audience preferred "Yoo-hoo" over "A&W" by a small margin. Ken told Regis that in law school, they had a saying that "people who went to law school went there 'cause they were risk averse, and that people who were risk-loving went to business school. I went to law school. Maybe I should have gone to business school." He guessed C, final answer. "No, it's not the final answer. You just lost a lot of money," Regis told him. "It's Fresca." Ken later stated in a blog post that Pam knew the answer to the million dollar question. Ken was the first player in the history of the show to go for the million dollars but guess wrong.

Ken appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#4417, aired 2003-11-18 Keith Williams vs. Jim Fitzpatrick vs. Ken Basin 2003 College Championship semifinal game 2. From Yale University.
#4411, aired 2003-11-10 Ken Basin vs. Mary Naam vs. Robby Schrum 2003 College Championship quarterfinal game 1. From Yale University.

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