I’ve always wanted to be on Jeopardy! Back a long time ago (let’s not get into numbers, shall we?) I worked for the local ABC affiliate, which is also the station that shows Jeopardy! in Cleveland.
One day, it was announced that the Jeopardy! team was coming to Cleveland to find contestants. Those of us who worked there were ecstatic, sure we’d have a chance to show our stuff. Well, we did — but then we found out it wouldn’t count. King World (which syndicates Jeopardy! and Wheel! of! Fortune! [sarcastic exclamation points mine]) has a strict rule that no one affiliated with the show (including us station employees) could be on the show. We could take the test, but it wouldn’t count. I did well enough to be on the show — honest! — but, of course, I wasn’t.
A couple of years ago, Sony started trolling for contestants with an online first-level test. Ok, I thought, this time it’ll count. I took the test and then just about went into orbit when I received an email a couple of months later saying I was invited to tryouts at the city of my choice (I picked Pittsburgh, which is about 90 or so miles away). Then I came back to earth fast, when my husband pointed out that if I passed these tryouts, I’d have to come up with my own cash to get to LA, which we didn’t have. So he said there was no point in even trying out. Bowed under the weight of his logic, I didn’t go.
I’ve always regretted that I didn’t at least try, and I’ve not bothered to test again.
Who knows? One day before I’m eligible for Senior Jeopardy! (do they have that?) I may take another shot at it. And this time, I’ll go as far as I can, even if it’s not LA.