Ken Jennings


September 7, 2009

It seems Jeopardy! is re-running some classic episodes this week: tonight it’s the very first episode from way back in 1984. Apparently Gabe Kotter hosted this historic first episode:

Welcome back, Mr. Kotter!

Tomorrow night is Eddie Timanus‘s final game, and the final three episodes this week feature your humble correspondent. (Spoiler warning: I go 1-for-3.)

Over on the message boards, WhoIsMark mentions that Donald Leake will be Ellen’s guest tomorrow, possibly calling for some sort of fatwa on my head. Come and get me, Friends of Donald Leake!

And yesterday the “Personality Parade” column in Parade magazine ran a little update on my whereabouts (the better for Donald Leake’s tough guys to track me down, no doubt). “Personality Parade” cracks me up. Fifteen years after the invention of the World Wide Web, this is still a forum for confused elderly people to ask, “What is Sean Connery’s middle name?” and “My wife says Liza Minnelli was in Arthur 2: On the Rocks, but I think she was only in the first Arthur. A steak dinner is riding on this. Who is right?” I can just imagine this couple eagerly turning to Parade magazine every Sunday in hopes that this greatest mystery of their lives will be answered…only to be disappointed. “If only there were some other resource in our homes that would give us information on celebrities and their work!” they wail, turning sadly to the super-sized Sunday “Jumble.”

Frankly, I always assumed that all the “Personality Parade” letters had been fake ever since Al Gore invented IMDb, but the nice lady who interviewed me said that they’d received an actual question about me. Awesome! “Personality Parade” was Google for thirty years, but apparently some people haven’t heard that its once-cutting-edge technology been replaced. And here’s your trivia: as late as last year, Personality Parade was written by long-deceased Ivanhoe author Sir Walter Scott!

Posted by Ken at 1:10 pm