DAY 1 - $ 21, 400
DAY 2 - $ 31, 400
DAY 3 - $ 52, 000
DAY 4 - $ 18, 400
DAY 5 - $ 26, 000
PLUS THE JAGUAR
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I've known a number of people who have appeared on the show over the years, and I always figured I could do as well as they did. I didn't really expect to get picked to be on the show, though. I assumed that the selection process was based on your personality and telegenicity (if that's a word), and having none of those things myself, I didn't expect to get the call.
I've had the most chronologically compressed experience of any of this year's ToC field. I took the test in August of 2002 (the only time I've taken it), got the call in November, taped in December and January, taped the ToC in March, my original episodes aired in April, and now the ToC. The whole thing from start to finish is less than nine months.
Because the show is on in the afternoon here, I've never been what you'd call a devoted follower of the show (not like some of the people you encounter on the message board!). A friend of mine, Bruce Simmons, was in the ToC ten or eleven years ago, and another friend, Dana Bacon, was in the Teen Tournament (I don't remember if he won or what).
There are a few moments I'll always remember from my run of shows. There wasn't one set moment on the show during which I broke the record, because that game seemed to be over about halfway through the first round. Getting the last answer in the fifth game, which clinched the car for me, was a big thrill. Also, escaping Game 4 was a very nerve-wracking experience.
During my two trips to LA for the original shows, I was by myself, so I mainly just celebrated quietly in my hotel room, calling up people and telling them what was going on. I had some get-togethers with friends and family to watch all my odd-numbered episodes as they aired. It's weird watching yourself on TV.
I only had about six weeks between taping my final episodes and the ToC taping, so there wasn't a lot extra I could do. I just tried to keep up with the news, review the major entertainment events, etc. I don't think any of it really helped me to come up with any answers during the Tournament.
I have to admit that the Hilton was not as nice as the place I had stayed during my previous tapings. There were some loud neighbors keeping me awake! I have to admit that the 24-hour Merv channel on the TV was pretty cool though.
I had a unique experience on that first morning. I was the only one that nobody had seen; I felt like the odd man out. A few of the folks knew who I was and made me feel welcome, which was a big help. Most of the people didn't know how much I had won, and I didn't know how to handle that.
I certainly wasn't trying to impress or intimidate anyone in that group, but at the same time I felt like my achievements had earned my place there and I wanted people to know that.
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