Ben Bishop ’09 Answers: What Is Jeopardy!?

Interview by Katherine Duke '05

Since its first, black-and-white incarnation, created by Merv Griffin in the early 1960s, Jeopardy! has built a reputation as the thinking person’s game show. Amherst has helped prepare many trivia geeks to do battle with the big blue board: As a senior, Gwyneth Connell ’00 represented the Jeffs in the 2000 College Championship. Novelist and attorney Scott Turow ’70 towered over the competition in Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2006. And even though I ultimately came in a distant third, I consider my own Jeopardy! game, which aired in April 2008, among the luckiest and most fascinating experiences of my life.

Amherst College Takes Her Chances on Jeopardy! February 11

February 2, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417EDITOR’S NOTE: Connell and a group of friends will gather at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, in Merrill Science Center 1 to watch the show. Please call if you would like to cover that event.