Final Jeopardy: Businessmen

The Final Jeopardy question (12/11/2012) in the category “Businessmen” was:

Thomas Watson Jr. appeared on the March 28, 1955 cover of Time with the caption “Clink. Clank.” this.

Josh Frumkin is back today with a 2-day total of $43,601. Can he add to that? He can, but only if he can defeat these two new opponents: Rachel Shuman, from Silver Spring, MD and Jan Rishoi, from Ann Arbor, MI.

Jan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Patron Saints.” He was in third place with $800, $4,400 less than Josh who was in the lead. He made it a true Daily Double, but sort of blanked out or he might have taken a shot with the most well-known apostle profession. Instead he humorously said “what is golf?” Funny but WRONG.

St. Andrew: this profession he practiced for a living.

Josh finished in the lead with $5,200. Rachel was second with $3,800 and Jan was wiped out.

Rachel found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “19th Century Americans.” She was in second place with $5,800, $2,600 behind Josh’s lead. She bet $3,000, thought it was Joseph Smith and that was WRONG.

An 1877 cartoon showed 12 widows crying in bed, mourning the death of this man.

Jan found the last Daily Double in “Let’s Go Caroling.” He had $5,200, $4,400 less than Josh’s lead. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

The view of a certain Middle Eastern city inspired Pastor Philips Brooks to write this carol in 1868.

Josh finished in the lead with $12,000. Rachel was right behind with $11,600 and Jan was in third place with $9,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Watson not only succeeded his father but also would eventually surpass him…. he boldly took IBM–and the world–into the computer age, and in the process developed a company whose awesome sales and service savvy and dark-suited culture stood for everything good and bad about corporate America. No wonder the Justice Department sought (unsuccessfully) to break it up.” (Time Magazine)

Jan wrote down “IBM”. He lost his $5,400 bet and finished with $4,200.

Rachel got it right. She bet $8,000, finishing with $19,600.

Josh wrote down “computer”. He bet $11,201 so he ended up in third place with $799.

Hey, that was a toughie so congrats to our new champ, Rachel, for getting Final J! and becoming the new Jeopardy! champ.

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