I don’t have any memory of watching Jeopardy! before the current version, which began in the fall of my senior year of high school. Then again, I also don’t have a memory of a time before Jeopardy!; it feels as if the show has always been there. I do remember being young enough to only know an answer now and then. (My youngest nephew, who is 8, typically gets a few answers right when we watch together, usually sports and Americana. He’s always delighted to get one that I don’t know, which happens often because sports are not my strength.)
In my last two years of high school in Maryland, I played on our It’s Academic team. I think that both years we won our first game and lost our second. Here’s our team’s yearbook photo in my senior year: Ceres (whom I speak about here), me, and Tom, with host Mac McGarry; a Giant Food representative presenting us with our winnings; and Mr. Dave Harley, who taught us European history and advised the team.
(Yes, I was Nancy then. Here’s how I decided to go back to Nan, if you are interested.)
The previous year, our episode taped too late to be in the yearbook, I guess, because the photo seems to be of a practice session–look, we had a buzzer system of some sort! I’d forgotten. I’m still in touch with a couple of these guys (yes, they were all guys. I guess Ceres didn’t join until she was a junior). Also, I still have that squint in most photos. I think the players ended up being Will (in the foreground, with glasses), Paul (gazing soulfully into the camera in sweater and blazer), and me.
Both seasons, we won our first game, then lost the second and were eliminated. Meanwhile, out in California (September 10, 1984):