Monday, September 7, 2009

News About My Two Favorite Game Shows

Since we were home this afternoon we turned on the TV to watch Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Meredith Viera. It was the first show of the 8th season of her hosting the show. At the beginning she reported the nobody had won $1Million on the show since 2003. I knew it had been a long time, but I didn't realize that it hadn't been won in 6 years. A few a contestant on the night version with Regis Philbin attempted the $1Million question and got it wrong and lost $475,000. She announced that there would be a contest in November of the top 10 winners of this season and that the winner would get $1million. The web site has the details.
We turned on Jeopardy at 7 PM not knowing whether the 26th season would begin. Alex Trebek said that for this week there would be 5 classic episodes. Tonight the first show hosted by Alex Trebek in 1984 was aired. The photo above showed what Alex looked like back then with a moustache and black hair. The history of the show is outline in the Wikipedia. Art Fleming was the original host of the show from 1964-79.
We tell students not to reference the Wikipedia for scholarly works since it is not known who wrote the information or if it was inaccurately edited. I think it is OK to cite the Wikipedia for information about issues in the popular culture.

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