AUSTIN ROGERS

Love him or hate him, this guy is fun to watch. Have you heard of Austin Rogers? He won 12 consecutive times on Jeopardy with total winnings of $411,000. The best part of his run were his intros.

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When Austin was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, they compiled a clip of his intros. You could watch it here along with a hilarious Q&A.

I've always loved Jeopardy and it was such a breath of fresh air to see a different kind of breed take over and kill it! So how did he do it? How did he win? He boils it down to two things:

  1. Men's Journal: OK, so your base of knowledge can’t have just come from watching a ton of Jeopardy, right?

    No, everyone is trying to construe it that way. They’re completely wrong. I am brilliant, OK. I am incredibly well read. I have read thousands of books. I know a lot of things. I have some pretty high degrees. I have a long career in varied industries. I have lots of interests in diverse things like aviation and physics. I go to museums on a weekly basis. I have a classical music degree. These are not things you accrue just by watching the game. These are things you get with a lifetime of experience. (interview from here)

  2.  Today: We recently wrote an article about how yes, you have to get the "Jeopardy!" "questions" right, but really it comes down to buzzer control. Is that true?

    Rogers: Absolutely. That is the most true thing of the game. About 92 percent of everything is known by every contestant. You've got to beat them to the buzzer. If someone is flustered by the buzzer, during a commercial break producers come out and say, "It's OK, take it easy, you got this" and typically you see improvement after the break. But everyone is incredibly smart; the only key distinction is beating the buzzer and knowing the 7 or 8 percent of questions others don't. (interview from here)

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So what's the point of this post? Read a lot of books and work on that trigger finger ... for one day you too can become the next Jeopardy champion. 

I know, I know. This is a silly post but still fun, especially with what's going on in this world - fires, hurricanes, mass shootings, earthquakes, civil unrest. Hope this brings you a little bit of a chuckle on this day.

Thanks for reading, Christine

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