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Ken Jennings

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Computer programmer Ken Jennings won more the 2.5 million dollars over a record 74-game winning streak on the TV quiz show "JEOPARDY!"

Read Ken's new book:

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Brainiac was  released by Random House (on their Villard Books imprint) on September 12, 2006, but you can order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell's Books.


Brainiac will be released by Random House (on their Villard Books imprint) on September 12, 2006, but you can already pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell's Books.

More @ http://www.ken-jennings.com 

 

I had the opportunity to attend one of Mr. Jennings book signing events at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, CA on Oct. 17, 2006.

 


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...with Jeopardy champ, Ken Jennings, author of "Brainiac"

 

KEN JENNINGS BOOK SIGNING

GLENDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY

GLENDALE, CA

OCT. 17, 2006

 

 

I found Ken to be quite warm and funny. He was extremely personable, both while addressing the crowd as a group, as well as when he was greeting his fans individually during the "signing" portion of the event.

 

He spoke of his preparation for  Jeopardy! Of particular concern was the "potent potables" category. As a Mormon, Ken is a non-drinker. But, now, having studied Bartender guides, and having survived endless quizzes by his wife, Mindy, Ken feels certain he is now qualified to be the World's best Mormon bartender. Of course, as Ken admitted that is "probably not a very high bar to set..."

 

 

 

Speaking for myself, I couldn't help but think it would be an interesting career choice, if his Jeopardy money ever runs out...

He obviously doesn't want to go back to computer programming, and claims to be "no damn good at it..."

 

 

He also confessed that he only added the computer programming major to his course of study in English when someone joked: "What's the difference between a English major and a pizza? Answer: A pizza can actually feed a family of four!"

 

As someone with a Master's Degree in English; I could've taken offense, but it's so true...

Ken Jennings is so at ease with himself, and seems so comfortable as a speaker that it is hard to believe that he once left the world of "trivia" behind, as he bought into other people's notion that it was indeed, "trivial," and feared being branded a "know-it-all!" (He even claims to have given up watching "JEOPARDY!" -- blasphemy-- at one point!)

 

Growing up a "pageant" and "figure skating" fan, I too was branded many things, so I was particularly interested in this portion of his speech. Although, I was dismayed to discover, while reading Brainiac, That Ken confused Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan on his original Jeopardy! Quiz. In my world this is considered blasphemous! Having known both these wonderful women for a while, I know they are both gracious enough to forgive him. So, I suppose I can forgive as well!  (Note to Ken: On my home page @ http://jhb14.tripod.com, you can find a link to this website's "figure skating" section should you ever need it. There is a "pageant" section too. In case you haven't brushed up on "Miss America" or "Miss Universe" lately.... and yes, Mr. Jennings, they are as different as the "quiz bowl" organizations you write about in your book!)

 

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and listening to Ken Jennings.

I certainly hope that he continues speaking and writing. His basic messages of the importance of learning and taking pride in yourself, no matter who you are or what interests you may have, are timeless; and sorely underrated in times like these. Ken Jennings shows, in his decidedly understated manner, that brains, humility and character, need not be nerdy; they are perhaps the definition of cool.

 

 Hemingway said, a hero is one who shows "grace under pressure." Therefore, if the JEOPARDY answer is : "AN AMERICAN FOLK HERO"; the  question may well be 'Who is Ken Jennings?'

 

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#starsonice #figureskating #Jeopardy
 A: in addition to this @jeopardy clue @KurtBrowning & @KenJennings have him in common!
 Q: Who is John Baker! (Me)
 John was actually in the front row at the event to which this real Jeopardy! clue refers (World Championships: Budapest, 1988) Kurt and John me athe following day and have been friends ever since. See http://www.jhbonline.net/kb/id8.html for more!
 John has met Ken Jennings only once, but here is that story:
http://www.jhbonline.net/tv/id13.html
 Notes: Jeopardy Tournament of the Decades Airdate: May 12, 2014
 Correct Response (4) by Ken Jennings

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