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I LOVE THE INTERNET
25 September 2007
I watch Jeopardy each night and noted that one of the contestants last Friday was a student teacher from Davis. I thought that my editor might be interested to know that, and might like to have me do an interview with her to write the story about what it's like to be a Jeopardy contestant, so I sent him an e-mail on Saturday. But the e-mail goes to the office, so he didn't read it until this morning.
He was more than interested. He wanted to run something in the paper today so that people might tune in to watch tonight's show and see if the contestant can win again. He asked me to write up a brief article about the show, including, if I could remember it, what had been the question she answered correctly at the end.
You've got to be kidding! I thought I was doing good to remember that she was a student teacher from Davis. It hadn't occurred to me to take notes for an article that night (or to record the show, which would have been the smart thing to do!) I reminded him of the history of Alzheimers in our family. But he asked me to do my best.
I tried getting a phone number for Sony, which produces the show, but all I could get were recordings which didn't lead me anywhere.
I finally decided to check the Jeopardy web site, where I found pictures of this week's contestants, so I found her name, at least
Armed, now, with her name, I tried calling the Davis Joint Unified School District, hoping to get some contact information for her, but I got voice mail there too and they never called back.
While I was waiting to hear back from them, I went back to the web site and found the fan discussion board. I posted a message that was entitled "HELP!!!" and asked if anybody knew what the final Jeopardy question was, if they could please e-mail me and let me know. Within 5 minutes, someone had e-mailed to point me to a site which recaps the Final Jeopardy question each day.
While on the site, I started looking around and discovered that there is some Jeopardy fan who posts a recap for each show every day and there, on the board, was not only the Final Jeopardy answer and correct question, but also how much Sara had bet and how much she won at the end of the show. It also mentioned the fact that one of the contestants was disqualified before Final Jeopardy (which I hadn't remembered).
I found all this out within about 20 minutes and by the end of the work day I still hadn't heard from the Joint Unified School District.
I was able to put together an article for tonight's paper in less than 30 minutes, thanks to the Internet. My assignment is now to watch the show tonight and, if she wins, to write a longer article for tomorrow.
Unfortunately, tonight's show was a disaster. I'm sure Alec just cringes when question after question after question goes by and none of the contestants knows the answer, leaving lots of dead air. In the end, the Davis girl came in second, so I won't have to follow up on it. (Which is probably good, since I still haven't had my call returned from the Davis Joint Unified School District!)
Couldn't have done any of this without the internet. Sometimes having an internet addiction can actually work to your advantage!
Hold the good thought for Mabel. She threw up all over me tonight and has been sleeping all day. I'm not putting her in the playpen tonight, but will let her sleep where she made a bed, in the living room. Hopefully by the time you're reading this she'll be back attacking my toes again.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
My tribute to Marcel Marceau, who died this weekend
This is entry #2737