Final Jeopardy: U.S. Presidents

The Final Jeopardy question (12/5/2012) in the category “U.S. Presidents” was:

This man is the only U.S. President since Hoover not named Time Magazine’s Man or Person of the Year.

Our new champ today is Jennifer North, who beat a 4-day champ yesterday and won $9,200. Today she faces off against these two players: Melanie Yulman, from Philadelphia, PA and  Mike McCormick, from Hockessin, DE.

Mike found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Greenbacks.” He was in second place with $1,400, $600 behind Jennifer’s lead. As you might expect before the first commercial break, he made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

It’s the only current bill with the face of a Treasury Secretary on it.

Mike finished in the lead with $6,600. Jennifer was second with $3,600 and Melanie was last with $2,200.

Mike found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “To The Library!” He was in the lead with $9,000, $5,000 more than Jennifer in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Some of its collections were housed in the Serapeum, a temple dedicated to the God Serapis.

Mike found the last Daily Double in “Minority Populations.” With $13,600, he had a $5,200 lead over Jennifer who was in second place. He bet $2,000, thought it was the Côte d’Ivoire and that was WRONG.

Marseilles has a large number of North Africans, most coming from this former colony.

That misstep certainly made it a closer game: Mike finished in the lead with $11,600. Melanie was next with $8,400 and Melanie was in third place with $7,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right (a fairly rare event these days).


“Since the list began, every serving President of the United States has been a Person of the Year at least once with the exceptions of Calvin Coolidge, in office at time of the first issue, Herbert Hoover, the next U.S. president, and Gerald Ford.” (wikipedia)

Time Magazine has an online gallery of every Man, Woman and Person of the Year from 1927 to 2011. You can also vote on their 2012 candidates although they don’t say whether it will have any real influence on their decision.

Strange But True Trivia: Ford may not have made Man of the Year on a Time cover, but he did grace a 1942 issue of Cosmopolitan as a male model.

Melanie got it right and added $2,000. She finished with $9,400.

Jennifer thought it was Richard Nixon (Man of the Year in 1971 and, with Henry Kissinger, one of two Men of the Year in 1972) . She lost $3,200, finishing with $5,200.

Mike also got it right. He bet $5,021 and won the game with $16,801. Mike will return tomorrow and so will we. See you then.

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