March 5, 2014 |
He has been called a villain. Robotic. A mad genius. A hero. This for an even-tempered Swarthmore College graduate who was perhaps most known on campus for wearing shorts in the dead of winter? One point is not in dispute about Arthur Chu, 30. He is very, very good at the game show Jeopardy! After winning just nine games, he is already third on the show's all-time list of money winners, not counting those who have won special tournaments. With his win in the show that aired at 7 p.m. Friday on 6ABC, his total now stands at $261,000, thanks in part to an attacking style that can throw competitors off-balance.
September 12, 2011 |
Over the millennia, we humans have done plenty to humiliate ourselves. Now we have machines to do it for us. Tonight, Jeopardy ! revisits a historic event in which a surplus of circuitry outpointed two champion human brains at everything from hedgehogs to Dana Carvey's Church Lady to halter tops. In the original three-day contest, aired Feb. 14 to 16, IBM's Watson racked up $77,147, way more than the $24,000 for Ken Jennings or the $21,600 for Lancaster's Brad Rutter, the show's all-time money winner.
February 14, 2011
JEOPARDY. 7 tonight, Channel 6. WHO IS Watson? If you're a "Jeopardy" fan, you probably already know: Watson is the IBM supercomputer that for the next three nights will be seen taking on the game show's two biggest winners, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. I think I'm rooting for the machine. (Watson, not Jennings.) If you're a fan of PBS' "Nova," you probably also know Watson as the putative hero of an unfinished, but so far "Rocky"-like, story in which computers were, at least at first, the underdogs, unable to understand, for instance, why "Who is Peter Sellers?"
June 2, 2005 |
Brad Rutter is proof that the gods keep an eye out for slackers. The 27-year-old college dropout and former record-store worker beat quiz-show legend Ken Jennings on the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions on May 25, winning $2 million. Add that to the Jeopardy! booty he has scored since he first played the game in 2000, and his total is $3,255,102, making Rutter the biggest TV game-show winner in history, according to the show's people. Not exactly tied to the fast track - "I'm not ambitious and I don't need to work for The Man" - Rutter is an amiable guy with a "flypaper memory" that allows him to capture and keep stray facts that he then marshals for money.
May 26, 2005 |
Just call Brad Rutter of Lancaster the champion of champions, Jeopardy! wise. That's right: Rutter has taken down brainac Ken Jennings! In a showdown of past champions from the game show that aired yesterday, Rutter beat Jennings and another contestant and claimed a $2 million prize. And the three-day tournament wasn't even close: Rutter piled up $62,000 in correct answers and Jennings only $34,599. It was no fluke. Rutter had won more than $1 million on Jeopardy! in 2002, and had whipped several other former champions to earn the right to face Jennings, who came in with a 74-game winning streak, from his appearances on the show last year.
May 25, 2005 |
THE ANSWER IS: This "Jeopardy!" champion will star in his own show this fall on Comedy Central. Who is Ken Jennings? Correct. The Hollywood Reporter says the untitled game show will be produced by Michael Davies ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Win Ben Stein's Money"). Ken Jennings? Comedy? "Comedy usually comes out of conflict, and there's a conflict at the heart of Ken," Davies said. "He comes across a nice, gentle, quiet man, but when you put a buzzer in his hand, he becomes a killer.
December 30, 2004 |
Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings' buzzer finger probably hasn't even straightened out yet, and already he's being called back to defend his trivia crown. After winning more than $2 million in a freaky 74-game streak that garnered huge ratings for the quiz show, Jennings will have a chance to nearly double his take. Producers announced Tuesday there will be a "Super Tournament," which will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition among nearly 150 five-time winners.
December 2, 2004
Ironies don't come much juicier than this: Ken Jennings, the human data-retrieval machine who won more money during a 74-episode winning streak on Jeopardy! than any game-show contestant ever, was tripped up by a question on taxes. The Final Jeopardy answer was: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year. " Jennings guessed FedEx. Nope, H&R Block. The young software engineer from Utah said that, until his $2.5 million run this year, he'd never had any reason to hire someone else to do his tax returns.
December 1, 2004 |
IF THE RED SOX could win the World Series after 86 years, "Jeopardy" genius Ken Jennings had to lose some time. As we hinted yesterday, the show that sent Jennings home with a giant "L" on his forehead aired last night. It was his 75th appearance. He left with a record haul of $2,520,700. The answer that tripped him up: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year. " Ken's dumb-ass answer: Federal Express. The right answer: H&R Block.
December 1, 2004 |
The long reign of Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, 30, the winningest contestant in game-show history, came to an end last night when the affable, speed-talking computer engineer flubbed a question about seasonal white-collar workers. The Final Jeopardy answer: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year. " Jennings, who'd racked up more than $2.5 million in 74 prior appearances since June 2, in the process becoming a household word, wrote "What is FedEx?"