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Some more:

Allan Shepard, a sales manager for the Boston and Maine Railroad, at the time the highest winning total in Jeopardy history.

William (Bill) Martin, a music teacher from Ronkonkoma, New York, is mentioned here

Rosemary Travis, of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, is mentioned here.
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Can you post the remainder of the 1971 article you found? Thanks!
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I checked, there isn't.
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Back in the days where if there weren't any more column-inches, tough.
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New article found on Jane Gschwend. It doesn't add much that you didn't already have, but it notes the 2000th show for charity and the winner would get a 1000-book library. Did note though that she was the all-time record holder in winnings in April 1969. The 2000th Show is now on YouTube as well as of September 2019.

The article is from the Sunday News of Lancaster, February 6, 1972. Unfortunately the copy does not have the other part. Given she died at age 77 on October 14, 1997, it is reasonable to assume she was 49 during her run in 1969.

Susan Smith of the 1971 TOC won $4,970. (Binghamton Press, October 28, 1971)

More on Rosemary Travis [1973] here, but not much. (The Terre Haute Tribune, November 13, 1973). Also some more specifics on the 1973 TOC charities and Greece trip. (The Mercury of Pottstown, Pennsyvania, November 10, 1973)
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Thanks for these!
Roadgeek Adam wrote: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:11 pm New article found on Jane Gschwend.
The article notes she spoiled the outcome (she was the winner of Fleming show #2000) and then said nobody had told her not to. I guess there were no NDAs back then.
Roadgeek Adam wrote: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:11 pm Susan Smith of the 1971 TOC...
The article says she qualified in October 1971 for the 1971 ToC that taped and aired in November 1971, but, in fact, she didn't appear until the 1972 ToC, which taped and aired in November 1972.

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That was odd considering she was billed by her own name on the show.
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Robert K S wrote: Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:52 am The article says she qualified in October 1971 for the 1971 ToC that taped and aired in November 1971, but, in fact, she didn't appear until the 1972 ToC, which taped and aired in November 1972.

I don't know when or how our culture evolved to call women by their husband's names but man am I glad we've moved beyond that in all but a few holdout sectors of society.

Just a typo on my part. Apologies.

Unfortunately, many of the female TOC members have their hubby's names instead. It has caused some headaches
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Cross-posted from another thread, the obituary of 1974 Grand Champion Denny Golden, who died in 2017. https://fergusonfuneralhomesnj.com/book ... ituary.php
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Since no one has mentioned it yet...

Hutton "Red" Gibson, 1968 Jeopardy! Grand Champion (though better known for his views on the Catholic Church and even better known as the father of actor Mel Gibson) passed away on May 11th at the age of 101 (b 26 Aug 1918).

Obituary

As far as I know, he is/was the only J! contestant to be a centenarian. Are there any others?
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The original show ran for over ten years so I am sure there would be others. The current show maybe not. Maybe someone from an early Seniors Tournament in the Alex era?
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tagNV wrote: Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:17 pm Since no one has mentioned it yet...

Hutton "Red" Gibson, 1968 Jeopardy! Grand Champion (though better known for his views on the Catholic Church and even better known as the father of actor Mel Gibson) passed away on May 11th at the age of 101 (b 26 Aug 1918).

Obituary

As far as I know, he is/was the only J! contestant to be a centenarian. Are there any others?
Thanks for posting, I hadn't seen anything in the media about this.

Say what you want about his theology, but you have to give him props for the ultimate sedevacantist punny book title, Is the Pope Catholic?

Also he's in kind of a weird category of people independently famous (perhaps to different subsets of followers) for three totally unrelated things. I wonder how many others can be put in that category. Perhaps Ben Franklin (inventor, statesman, author/publisher, father of imprisoned loyalist colonial Governor of New Jersey), but all his facets of celebrity (except, perhaps, William) are sort of inextricably tied up in his lifelong self-promotion. Even Hedy Lamarr didn't gain substantial notoriety for her invention of frequency hopping during her lifetime.
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I found this on YouTube. It is an audio of the 10/30/1969 TOC game.

https://youtu.be/btdaw3rBOPU
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I figured now would be an appropriate time to revive this thread, with the 1964 pilot episode coming into fruition.

Any new data on how many games these TOC players won, besides their money (defeated or undefeated)? It'd be cool to know how much they won in their respective TOCs as well. If I can gather that data, I'll make a separate section on the leaderboard for Fleming era TOC players.
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Robert K S wrote: Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:02 pm
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Trebek HAS played Celebrity Jeopardy

Thing is, it was in 1974.

Don't know if this has ever been mentioned, or if I've got a wonderful new nugget of information. I was checking over some notes a researcher gave me about the Fleming-era Jeopardy, and it turns out that Alex was a celebrity player late in the original run of the show. What my guy found were original paper records from NBC that documented some interesting information about special shows or happenings.

Trebek appeared on one show the week of April 1-5, 1974 (and no, this isn't an April Fool's gag) as part of a special week marking the show's 10th anniversary. The notes say his opponents were Bill Hayes (at the time, a popular soap star) and Bill Bixby. He doesn't have any record of how they performed, who the other celebrities were that week, or why the producers picked two guys named "Bill" for the same show. At the time, Trebek was the host of a short-lived game show called "The Wizard of Odds". In fact, the notes indicate that Trebek made a walk-on appearance a month earlier, on March 7th, to plug his new game.

Celebrity games tied to the show's anniversary were apparently a tradition of sorts, as was using NBC daytime stars as celebs for those shows. According to the notes, a second anniversary game in 1966 featured Hugh Downs, Don Morrow and Monty Hall, and an eighth anniversary game in 1972 featured Peter Marshall, Bill Cullen and Art James. I actually have some photos from the 1972 game in my stash of Bill Cullen stuff.

There's virtually nothing in the notes about civilian contestants. Burns isn't mentioned, for example, but there is a note that says on February 4, 1974, William Tyman became the show's biggest winner with $8,500. My guess is that's a five-day total not counting ToC winnings. That would be the equivalent of winning $170,000 in five shows today.

I hope this dip into the past has been interesting to at least some of you.
Matt's researcher friend was undoubtedly looking at the Master Books broadcast logs, either in the Library of Congress or at some other site. I'd be curious to know who the researcher was, what else he may have found, and what project his research was for. Hitting interesting Jeopardy! information on those microfilms is like finding a needle in a haystack. Going through a few weeks' worth of shows can take a full day of spooling through microfilms. And the reading room where you can do it has pretty short hours. As I already posted, though, the Master Books log does have info about Burns Cameron's appearances.
FWIW, I asked the UCLA Film & Television Archive if they could take a look at their copy of the April 5, 1973 episode of Jeopardy! and I got this reply:
Unfortunately, this episode of JEOPARDY! is on a vintage open reel 1/2" video that is unidentified, with no contestant information. At present, the Archive does not maintain the equipment necessary to playback this poor format and it is likely that due to age the tapes themselves are no longer in playable condition. ... If you have not already, ... try the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic
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