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KU employee to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ in January

December 7, 2011

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"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek with Lawrence resident Preston Nicholson, who is scheduled to appear on the game show on Jan. 13.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek with Lawrence resident Preston Nicholson, who is scheduled to appear on the game show on Jan. 13.

A 30-year-old Kansas University employee from Lawrence can knock an item off his bucket list after his upcoming Jan. 13 appearance on the television game show “Jeopardy!”

“I’ve been watching the show since I was 10,” said Preston Nicholson, assistant director and pre-law adviser at KU’s University Advising Center.

He said he has always enjoyed trivia games and frequently participates in local bar trivia events.

Nicholson said he qualified for the show by taking an online test. After he passed the test, he auditioned in Kansas City, and passed that, too.

He appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” once, in 2004, he said, so he had some game-show experience going into the taping.

Though he has finished taping his appearance on the show, he’s not allowed to discuss the results until the program airs.

He said he spent time studying by cramming in some extra trivia events, boning up on his Shakespeare and looking through online archives of old show transcripts.

But, in many cases, all three contestants knew the answer, and it became a race to see who could buzz in first, which is a challenge all its own. Buzz in too fast, he said, and you’ll be locked out for a short period of time. Wait too long, and your opponents can sneak in before you.

He found out a bunch of other things, too, he said. The stage was smaller than it looked on TV, for example. The questions aren’t blown up to a large size, but are only displayed on one of the 30 small screens on the big board. And split-second mental math for those Daily Double wagers isn’t an easy thing.

But, all in all, he said he really enjoyed the whole thing.

“It was a surreal experience,” Nicholson said.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

I Lost on Jeopardy-- Weird Al Yankovich

Ohhhhhh... I was there, to match my intellect, on national TV, Against a plumber, and an architect, both with a Ph.D. I was tense, I was nervous, I guess it just wasn't my night. Art Fleming gave the answers, Oh, but I couldn't get the questions right-ight-ight

I lost on Jeopardy, Baby, (Oooh.) I lost on Jeopardy, Baby, (Oooh.)

Well I knew I was in trouble now, My hope of winning sank, 'Cause I got the Daily Double now, And then my mind went blank. I took Potpourri for one hundred, And then my head started to spin. Well, I'm givin' up. Don Pardo, Just tell me now what I didn't win, Yeah, yeah.

I lost on Jeopardy, Baby, (Oooh.) I lost on Jeopardy, Baby, (Oooh.)

That's right Al--you lost! And let me tell what you didn't win: a twenty- volume set of the Encyclopedia International, a case of Turtle Wax, and a year's supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat. But that's not all! You also made yourself look like a jerk in front of millions of people! And you brought shame and disgrace on your family name for generations to come! You don't get to come back tomorrow! You don't even get a lousy copy of your home game! You're a complete loser!!

Don't know what I was thinkin' of, I guess I just wasn't too bright. Well, I sure hope I do better Next weekend on The Price Is Right-ight-ight

I lost on Jeopardy, Baby, (Oooh.) I lost on Jeopardy, Baby, (Oooh.) I lost on Jeopardy, Baby...

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amrose42683 2 years, 4 months ago

Good person to have on my trivia team:) Well done buddy!

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 4 months ago

Didn't win. Good go, mate. Could setting your iphone 4S on the podium and letting Siri listen in help one to cheat?

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