Niagara Gazette

Local News

April 25, 2013

So ... this is 'Jeopardy!'

Niagara Gazette — Trying out for a game show like “Jeopardy!” is easy. As long as you're personable, intelligent, boisterous, relatable and have a great story to tell, that is.

Sadly, I'll never make the cut. I don't have a story to tell about myself and I am timid in pressure situations. Like having a video camera recording answers I give in an interview. But it didn't stop me from "trying" to join the ranks of one of the most popular and longest-running game shows in television when auditions rolled through the Falls Thursday.

Surrounded by about 25 real candidates, I got to test myself with some Jeopardy questions and even click the buzzer a few times for fun. It was quite the experience.

It was unreal, actually. I walked through the doors unsure of what to expect. They sat me down with the group and offered me a chance to play along. They started playing Jeopardy right in front of me, just waiting for me to answer with the crowd.

I wasn't there to get in anybody's way, though, so I sat back and enjoyed the atmosphere. Then they called my name. And I started shaking. I wasn't even officially trying out. I guess I could say I was trying to avoid embarrassing myself in front of a room filled with people intelligent enough to pass the show's initial exam, which i've never taken.

The first question popped up on the board and I didn't know the answer. Same with the second. I avoided pushing the show's trademark clicker, rattling around in my jittery hands. The third question I answered incorrectly and wanted to bury my head inside my sweater.

But something strange happened after that particular incorrect answer. My failure led to an increase in confidence. The next question popped up. I knew the answer. I buzzed and got it right.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results