Who Is.... Mark Dawson
What were the highlights of your first run?
I never would have seen Game 2, had the returning champ in Game 1, who went into Final Jeopardy in first place, bet to cover my logical wager from second place. We both answered correctly, but I finished with the higher score.
On Game 3, a wild guess on a tough Final Jeopardy saved me from falling
behind Suzanne Fatta, who from second place had made the smart 2/3 bet.
It's my understanding that only two or three questions went unanswered in the entire match.
On Game 4, running out of gas, making poor guesses and falling behind
two very good players, I decided that if the FJ category required me to come up with a name, I would bet $0. At that point even if I knew the answer it would be unlikely that I would be able to recall it in time. The question
was a triple-stumper and I survived and moved on, to lunch, actually.
In Game 5, Eugene was a madman on the buzzers, answering five or six
more questions than I did for the game, but after the entertainment and pop
culture questions were used up, I made a run on geography and history, aided by some miscues on his part, and won going away.
Overall, I didn't win my games for being the fastest on the buzzer. I
won for getting the high value clues and for being a major vulture on the
questions that other players missed (17 times in 5 games). Good strategy
didn't hurt, but I found out that I had a lot to learn.
I might also mention that my final game was Alex's last with a
moustache. My shows were taped on the final day before the show's summer break. Most of the crew were garbed in Hawaiian shirts and clearly ready to wrap.
After my Game 5, I too was ready to wrap and headed for the nearest
watering hole. As it turns out, Alex took advantage of the 20 minutes
allowed for wardrobe changes to shave his trademark moustache, apparently his way of celebrating the final show's taping. As I was not in attendance, I was completely unaware of this, until 2001 ToC alumnus Bob Fleenor asked me about it and we compared notes.
What did you do to celebrate your wins?
In LA, a couple of my fellow contestants, Francis and Lee, joined me for
many beverages and just as many tall tales at the restaurant lounge in
Culver City. The staff and other patrons provided the supporting cast.
At home, five months later, the celebrations got off to a slow start.
Myshows aired from September 14th thru the 20th of 2001. We'd spend all day glued to the radio, television or internet trying to find out more to help us understand the tragic events of the previous Tuesday, then get together to watch my shows --- a very surreal experience. Several people told me that it was nice to have Jeopardy to look forward to as a break from the
terrible reality of the day's news.