.....It turns out that Jennings is a funny guy:
Q: How did you prepare to be on "Jeopardy," other than making flashcards?.....I was talking to a friend last night. I was telling her that you’ll never go wrong thinking of the “public mind” (PM) as an idiot. I was thinking of the PM as that great fictional American that we all “participate” in to some extent. PM is the guy who represents what America thinks and does. He voted for Bush. Twice.
A: The flashcards really helped. But "Jeopardy" tends to quiz on the same things over again such as capitals and mixing cocktails. I guess if I run out of Jeopardy money I could be the world's best Mormon bartender….
Q: What was the hardest part of being on "Jeopardy"?
A: Coming up with 75 anecdotes to share with Alex every day. I started making things up at the end….
Q: It seemed Alex Tribek was rooting for you throughout the show, was he?
A: You know, I wondered about that. Sometimes, yeah, he'd act like he was rooting for me. But some days he'd be all Tribek: cool and detached. …
Q: Will you return to "Jeopardy"?
A: I hope so. Once you've been on "Jeopardy," they have past champions back on show. Maybe I'll get invited to the 50th anniversary show when Alex is just a head in a jar.
.....That guy is plainly a dolt.
.....Take Jeopardy. Lots of people understand that it’s just a fun trivia game. But many more people—i.e., America—seems to think that it is a contest of intelligence. America also thinks that spelling bees are IQ tests.
.....I was telling my students the other day about how I was watching the news the day before Katrina blew into New Orleans. There was some official guy in that town saying, “This could be the big one we’ve been warning about for years. This could be an unbelievable disaster!”
.....But the PM (and its cheerleader, the President) said, “Yeah, whatever.” Later, New Orleans essentially drowned, and the PM was astonished: “How come nobody told us this might happen?”
.....What's next for America?
.....Next time: America doesn't understand why everyone doesn't love it.
President Dwight Eisenhower express[ed] astonishment and alarm on discovering that fully half of all Americans have below average intelligence! —Carl Sagan