Final Jeopardy: 1960s Television

The Final Jeopardy question (4/17/2013) in the category “1960s Television” was:

Jackie Gleason considered, but then decided against, suing this show that premiered September 30, 1960.

Gary Roberts picked up $25,601 along with the Jeopardy! champ title yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: Michelle Martin, from Chicago,IL; and Shawn Selby from Canton, OH.

Gary found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “International Affairs.” He was in second place with $2,000, $1,000 behind Shawn’s lead. He bet $1,000, overthought it with “multi-polar world,” and that was WRONG.

3-word term for international equilibrium in which no single nation or alliance predominates. show

And speaking of balances, there was quite an interesting balance of knowledge in this game with Gary’s superb command of business and things that elude the younger set; Shawn having a fine command of modern information; and Michelle on top of all motherly and women’s topics — all of them with random forays into each others’ strong knowledge area.

Michelle finished in the lead with $5,600. Gary was second with $5,400 and Shawn was last with $2,400.

Gary found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Aviation.” He was in the lead with $7,400, $1,800 more than Michelle in second place. He bet $1,600 and guessed Howard Hughes. That was WRONG.

On June 15, 1916 in Washington State, this American flight-tested his first plane, a seaplane call the Bluebill. show

Gary found the last Daily Double in “Books That Changed America.” He was in second place with $9,800, $200 less than Michelle’s lead. He bet a gunshy $600 this time and, as luck would have it, he was RIGHT.

His 1849 “Resistance to Civil Government” outlined his belief in nonviolent protest. show

We were so hoping that Gary would Americanize the pronunciation of Thoreau (as you are supposed to), to see if Alex would correct him, but Gary pronounced it French style. Now you may say ‘don’t nitpick’ but Alex always does, so we feel compelled to break out the evidence:

“Thoreau’s French extraction is apt to be misleading, for he was by birth and temperament a complete New Englander, and prided himself on being “autochthonous” at Concord. It is an error to pronounce the name as a French one. The Life Of Henry David Thoreau by Henry Stephens Salt.

Michelle finished in the lead with $14,400. Shawn was next with $12,400 and Gary was in third place with $12,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The characters of The Flintstones were greatly influenced by the 1954-56 hit TV series The Honeymooners, starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney as working class neighbors. Blowhard Fred Flintstone was very like Gleason’s character Ralph Kramden, goofy sidekick Barney Rubble resembled Carney’s character Ed Norton, and their wives Wilma and Betty had the practical personalities of the wives in The Honeymooners. Jackie Gleason considered suing Hanna-Barbera, but did not want to go down in history as ‘the guy who yanked Fred Flintstone off the air’.” (Uncanny Factoid: Flintstone Fun)

Gary wrote down “The Beverly Hillbillies.” He lost all his money.

Shawn got it right and bet $6,501, finishing with $18,901.

Michelle also had it and bet $10,400 so she finished with $24,800 and is now the new Jeopardy! champ.

It was a truly fun game to watch. We only wish Shawn had bet it all so we could have seen him and Michelle face off again tomorrow.

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  1. john blahuta says:

    oh the wagering….
    if shawn would have done what most do, wager all, we would have had co-champions. every so often the player in the lead does NOT add the $1.00 and plays for a tie, letting his/her competitor share the wealth…..i bet that shawn is still upset.