Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on July 17th, 2004, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

CG would be remiss not to make mention of generalist superhero-of-the-moment Ken Jennings. Jennings is the 30-year-old software engineer from Utah who his on an amazing 33-game, $1,100,460 run on TV game show Jeopardy. His rapid-fire knowledge seems to know no bounds.

Jennings has averaged more than $33,000 per episode and has correctly answered more than 1,000 questions on everything from rock music (“Who is Kurt Cobain?”) to opera (“What is Madame Butterfly?”).

He credits his streak to a curious mind, good memory and astute buzzer technique.

”A lot of it is just God-given memory that I can’t take any credit for,” he said. ”I’ve always been interested in a lot of different fields. It’s not just that I’m a computer engineer and all I care about is computers.”

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