It looks like he would have competed against the likes of Leah Greenwald, Mark Lowenthal, Bruce Seymour, Michael Rankins, Barbara-Anne Eddy, Bruce Naegeli and Kate Waits in the 1988 ToC if he hadn't been edged out by 4-time, $49,401 champion Ron Trigueiro (not to mention Michael Shutterly and unknown others) for the last slot in that tournament.THEODORE M. COOPERSTEIN '84 reports that he has spent a year as a law clerk to Judge Morris "Buzz" Arnold on the federal trial court in Fort Smith. "Between law school and clerking, I flew down to L.A. and competed on five episodes of the gameshow Jeopardy, winning $32,500. Depending on how I compare to the rest of the season's winners, I could go back in the fall for hte tournament of champions (fingers crossed)." Ted was planning to take the bar exam after Memorial Day--both the New York and New Hampshire exams... Drop "The Coop" a line at [address in Fort Smith, AR].
More significantly, one of the two losing challengers is Denny Golden, who shares a name, if not total identity, with the winner of the '74 ToC in the Fleming era.
The game (or what there is of it) is now in, here. Notes of interest: the last clue of POTPOURRI was just a continuation of the adjacent category about where presidents went to college, with the correct responses just being the first 6 presidents in order. Apparently Sharon had hit a neg earlier in the game with a response of "Who is Barbra Streisand?" (See AWARDS $200.) In TV $400, Sharon was credited with a response of "What is McHale's Navy?" in a clue just asking for McHale, further proving that how longstanding the rule has been that additional information does not make a response unacceptable so long as the additional information is not incorrect (see debate over the Friday 2015-07-25 Final). Before Final, Johnny Gilbert asked for postcards bearing the names, addresses, phone numbers, and ages of teenagers interested in appearing in the 2nd Teen Tournament. The credits chat took place behind the lecterns, with no thought to proper blocking--audience members only got a view of the back of Den's rather large frame blocking view of the other players. On the whole, the material was much easier than a modern game.