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December 1, 2004 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writers
In an era of fleeting celebrity, "Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings strung out his 15 minutes of fame for five months, 2,700 correct answers and more than $2.5 million in prize money. Then he met up with Nancy Zerg. And before you could say "Anticlimactic endings for $100, Alex," the clean-cut, Salt Lake City software designer who had become the winningest game show contestant in history had finally been outsmarted.
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December 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Out of the hospital and recovering from a heart attack, "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he'll be back before the cameras Jan. 14 to tape the game show's "Teen Tournament." Trebek, 67, was hospitalized last week after being stricken with what a spokesman for the show described as a minor heart attack. He was released over the weekend and plans to spend the holidays at home with his family.
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December 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Out of the hospital and recovering from a heart attack, "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he'll be back before the cameras Jan. 14 to tape the game show's "Teen Tournament." Trebek, 67, was hospitalized last week after being stricken with what a spokesman for the show described as a minor heart attack. He was released over the weekend and plans to spend the holidays at home with his family.
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September 22, 2006 | Ron Berthel, Associated Press
Ken Jennings has been a lifelong trivia fan. Now he's also the answer to a trivia question: "In 2004, who won 74 consecutive games and more than $2.5 million to become the all-time champion on TV's 'Jeopardy!'?" Jennings is also the author of a new book, "Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs," which is the reason for his recent visit to New York, the first stop on his book tour. In the book, Jennings neatly blends the story of his "Jeopardy!"
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February 14, 2003 | Barry Bedlan, Associated Press
Each time "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek reads a clue that mentions Nebraska -- and it's fairly often -- he teases some staffers after the show. "Come on. There are only so many questions you can ask about Nebraska," said Trebek, laughing during a telephone interview from his office in Culver City. Clues about the sparsely populated farm state frequently pop up, sometimes stumping those contestants who haven't boned up on Cornhusker trivia. Why Nebraska?
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May 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ken Jennings, the "Jeopardy!" brainiac who won a record 74 games in a row last year, met his match this week, losing a three-day tournament of champions from the game show and a $2-million prize to Brad Rutter of Lancaster, Pa. Rutter, a former record store clerk who won more than $1 million on "Jeopardy!" in 2002, beat Jennings in all three individual games, and his final total of $62,000 easily eclipsed Jennings' $34,599.
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September 6, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
"Jeopardy!" returns from its summer break with original shows today. That means returning champion Ken Jennings will have to come up with the 39th way to write his name (he signs in differently each show), host Alex Trebek will have to find something new to ask Jennings during the interview segment, and chances are two more otherwise intelligent players will go home losers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2004 | From staff and wire reports
Ken Jennings' unprecedented victory streak on "Jeopardy!" continued on Tuesday's show, as his 30th consecutive appearance took him over the $1-million mark in winnings. Jennings, 30, a software developer from Salt Lake City, has provided more than 1,000 correct responses during his run, a spokesman for the TV game show said. The program's previous record was seven wins in a row. "A lot of it is just God-given memory that I can't take any credit for," Jennings said last week.
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December 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
If winning more than $2.5 million wasn't enough, "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings will have a shot at winning an additional $2 million -- but the competition will be tougher this time around. Producers of the game show are planning a "Super Tournament" that will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition among nearly 150 previous five-time winners. The matches will begin airing in February or March, and the finals will air in May, said "Jeopardy!" publicist Jeff Ritter.
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November 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Quiz-show king Ken Jennings has broken another record on "Jeopardy!" Jennings won $45,099 on the episode that aired Wednesday night, bringing his total earnings to $2,197,000 to make him the top TV game-show winner ever. He beat the previous record of $2,180,000, set by Michigan engineer Kevin Olmstead on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 2001. Jennings, a 30-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City, began his 66-appearances-and-counting streak on the episode that aired June 2.
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May 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ken Jennings, the "Jeopardy!" brainiac who won a record 74 games in a row last year, met his match this week, losing a three-day tournament of champions from the game show and a $2-million prize to Brad Rutter of Lancaster, Pa. Rutter, a former record store clerk who won more than $1 million on "Jeopardy!" in 2002, beat Jennings in all three individual games, and his final total of $62,000 easily eclipsed Jennings' $34,599.
NEWS
December 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
If winning more than $2.5 million wasn't enough, "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings will have a shot at winning an additional $2 million -- but the competition will be tougher this time around. Producers of the game show are planning a "Super Tournament" that will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition among nearly 150 previous five-time winners. The matches will begin airing in February or March, and the finals will air in May, said "Jeopardy!" publicist Jeff Ritter.
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December 2, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, the Lemon Pipers, the Archies and, now, Nancy Zerg. On Wednesday, the Ventura real estate agent who toppled "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings suddenly landed in the category called One-Hit Wonders. After beating the winningest contestant in TV history by more than $5,000 on Tuesday, Zerg was deposed after a mere 24 hours on the game-show throne. She wound up in last place with just $2.
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December 1, 2004 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writers
In an era of fleeting celebrity, "Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings strung out his 15 minutes of fame for five months, 2,700 correct answers and more than $2.5 million in prize money. Then he met up with Nancy Zerg. And before you could say "Anticlimactic endings for $100, Alex," the clean-cut, Salt Lake City software designer who had become the winningest game show contestant in history had finally been outsmarted.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Quiz-show king Ken Jennings has broken another record on "Jeopardy!" Jennings won $45,099 on the episode that aired Wednesday night, bringing his total earnings to $2,197,000 to make him the top TV game-show winner ever. He beat the previous record of $2,180,000, set by Michigan engineer Kevin Olmstead on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 2001. Jennings, a 30-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City, began his 66-appearances-and-counting streak on the episode that aired June 2.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
"Jeopardy!" returns from its summer break with original shows today. That means returning champion Ken Jennings will have to come up with the 39th way to write his name (he signs in differently each show), host Alex Trebek will have to find something new to ask Jennings during the interview segment, and chances are two more otherwise intelligent players will go home losers.
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November 12, 1997 | LISA ADDISON
Kira Whelan has watched "Jeopardy!" since she was 7, and always figured she was a pretty good armchair contestant. But the 17-year-old never dreamed she would end up on the show. Whelan--a senior at Los Alamitos High School--and 14 other teenagers were chosen from about 10,000 applicants to compete for more than $25,000 in prizes on the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament.
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February 12, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The TV was glowing and the Budweiser was flowing Tuesday night when off-duty police officers piled into their favorite Los Angeles cop bar to unwind. But the boys over at the Short Stop tavern on Sunset Boulevard weren't watching Olympic highlights or hockey or any of the evening's three basketball games. They were glued to a television game show, agonizing over questions about religious literature, particle accelerators and the identity of a city founded in 1565.
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July 21, 2004 | Susan Keller, Special to The Times
Overcoming odds tougher than Harvard admission, I recently fulfilled a long-deferred dream to become a contestant on "Jeopardy!" I auditioned with a game simulation; I competed on a real test with buzzers. I sucked in my stomach, told my funniest stories and oozed intelligence. I was thrilled when called for a show date; I showed up eagerly sporting my lucky red sweater set. Then I encountered the Ken Jennings juggernaut.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2004 | From staff and wire reports
Ken Jennings' unprecedented victory streak on "Jeopardy!" continued on Tuesday's show, as his 30th consecutive appearance took him over the $1-million mark in winnings. Jennings, 30, a software developer from Salt Lake City, has provided more than 1,000 correct responses during his run, a spokesman for the TV game show said. The program's previous record was seven wins in a row. "A lot of it is just God-given memory that I can't take any credit for," Jennings said last week.
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