January 12, 2004
Longtime fan gets her chance at last on Jeopardy
By Louise Donahue
A recent appearance on the TV game show Jeopardy
really added up for mathematics undergraduate adviser Naomi Brokaw.
|Mathematics adviser Naomi Brokaw holds a Jeopardy
mug and a framed photo of herself with host Alex Trebek.
Photo: Louise Donahue
Not only did she win $1,000, I just had a lot of fun.
Id been wanting to do it for several years, Brokaw
said, explaining that she set up an audition in southern California
Auditions are done in two parts, with a written test being the first
hurdle. That went very well, she said, noting that just
14 members out of the 60 in her audition pool advanced to play a mock
Brokaw said the mock game is designed to see how contestants will project
on TV, adding that one participant did not speak up enough to compete.
You have to be able to look good to the TV audience.
In September, she was called back to tape a show in October, which
aired on Monday, January 5. The entire experience was a treat, Brokaw
said, from the helpful Jeopardy staff to the camaraderie of competing
against other diehard Jeopardy fans. Even just being in
the green room is great. It felt so good just to be there.
The 1986 Porter graduate, who began her college career as a math major
but got her degree in womens studies, fielded questions on subjects
ranging from trigonometry to movies and mixed drinks.
She hung on through two rounds, but got her final Jeopardy answer
wrong. The question was On April 25, 1792, Nicolas-Jacques Pelletier
became the first person in history to have a bad encounter with this.
Brokaw and one other contestant answered electricity, while
the third contestant correctly answered the guillotine.
In addition to her cash prize, Brokaw was also given a keepsake framed
photo of herself with host Alex Trebek, a travel mug, a brilliant-colored
Jeopardy penand one regret: she cant go on the show
again. You can only be on once unless you keep winning.
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