This field is sorted by TOC results.
Jerry Frankel (5) $32,650 (finals winner)
Bruce Fauman (5) $43,398 (finals 2nd)
Steve Rogitz (5) $31,399 (finals 3rd)
Paul Boymel (5) $56,200 (semis)
Larry Floyd (5) $35,800 (semis)
Ron Black (5) $47,401 (semis)
John Hannatt (5) $37,100 (semis)
Ric Moser (5) $39,200 (semis)
Liz Caccese (5) $34,500 (semis)
Elise Beraru (5) $47,350 (quarters)
Paula Tupper (5) $34,298 (quarters)
Nathan Walpow (5) $38,900 (quarters)
Michael Day (5) $53,500 (quarters)
John Genova (5) $50,595 (quarters)
Paul Croshier (5) $36,500 (quarters)
Gold chances for the 45: Steve Rogitz and Elise Beraru
Silver chances for the 45: Ron Black
Bronze chances for the 45: Michael Day
Copper chances for the 45: Ric Moser, Paula Tupper, Nathan Walpow and Paul Croshier
Tin chances for the 45: Paul Boymel, John Genova, Liz Caccese, Larry Floyd, John Hannatt
Deceased: Jerry Frankel and Bruce Fauman
Steve Rogitz is the only living finalist from the first TOC. I put his name and Facebook into a Google search and the page that came up had a photo that sure looks like him, so I take that to mean he's still around. So what if he exited Super J! and 10th Anniversary after one game?
Elise Beraru was the first 5-time winner and retired champ in the Alex Trebek run of the show. Exiting the TOC and Super J! after the first game should not hurt her chances.
Ron Black did not quite have enough in winnings to make the UTOC. He was a good contestant with a winning smiling and accent.
Michael Day had a good showing in a strong second place finish in his TOC match that I'm guessing in his case will outweigh his QF exit in the TOC. Unlike so many others in his field though, he did have the chance to play again. Give someone else a chance.
Ric Moser posted a few weeks ago, so I'm sure he would love an invite. His claim to fame is being the winner of the first TOC game.
Paula Tupper posted a few weeks ago, so if Elise is unavailable that could move her up the depth chart. Otherwise I think the QF exit hurts her chances.
Nathan Walpow did at least three other shows besides J!, so game show fans may remember more than some others in the field.
Paul Croshier was memorable playing in military uniform. If he does not get an invite then he would be a good one for an update video at least since the last we heard from him on the show was a minus 800 exit in the QF game.
Sorry, but Paul Boymel and John Genova had performances not up to par in the UTOC. It was great for them that they got another chance to play so many years later. 8 years later again? No.
Liz Caccese did get one more chance to play in Super J! I could be wrong, but my guess is playing days are past her now.
John Hannatt and Larry Floyd would be good plays for long shot bets. They did make the semis of the TOC. Unfortunately they do not have the good memorable factor of other players.
The 1985 field did not have their player names introduced with an on screen graphic, so spelling is based on Johnny's and Alex's voices, appearances on other shows and best guesses. Any corrections are welcome and of course the archive team would love to have more first season games in the archive.
Last edited by MarkBarrett
on Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.