An attorney from Arlington, Virginia...

Jim Scott

I'm Jim Scott from Arlington, Virginia.

What was it like when you first went on the show?
The first time, I was--I was only 21 years old, and it was just really exciting, because when Jeopardy! first came on 30 years ago, I knew I had to be on. It was just really exciting to--to finally be on the show and see whether I could win or not.

What was the most surprising thing about being on the show?
[Chuckles] Part of the most surprising thing is just how bright those lights can be.

What did you do with your winnings?
Well, a lot of my winnings went to finance law school, and, uh, I--I think I was a good idea. But, uh, there's moments I--I wonder.

What has winning on Jeopardy! made possible for you?
Well, one thing that made possible is that there's always something to talk about with a stranger. I don't bring it up myself, because that's a little stuck up. Uh, but, uh, if--if--if I'm with friends who, uh, uh, know that I've been on the show, they bring it up. It--it always provides something to talk about with new people.

What is your reaction to watching yourself in one of your old appearances?
Those are definitively some--some good long brown tresses and some very ugly '90s glasses.

Were you surprised that you won?
Today it's surprising to me that I won. Uh, back then it seemed quite normal, uh, but--but today, I--I--I know that it really was extraordinary, because I indeed, had some--some pretty tough competition.

Do you have any other memories of being on the show?
When I won the Tournament of Champions and they were rolling the credits up, I was talking to Alex with the other two finalists. And I turned to him and said, "$100,000 is a lot of money when you're 22 years old." And Alex responded, "$100,000 is a lot of money for anyone."

"He was a legal assistant living near D.C. when he won the 1991 Tournament of Champions. He is now an attorney in Arlington, Virginia. Please welcome..."

2014 Battle of the Decades invitee: $5,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
1991 Tournament of Champions winner: $100,000
Season 7 5-time champion: $49,300.

Jim appeared in the following archived game:
#6766, aired 2014-02-03 India Cooper vs. Chuck Forrest vs. Jim Scott Battle of the Decades: The 1980s game 1.
Jim previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Jim Scott in the following archived game:
#4721, aired 2005-02-28 Jim Scott vs. Jerome Vered vs. Michelle Clum 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 14.

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