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Jan 7th, 2013, 11:38 AM
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"That's Right, Alex!" My Jeopardy Experience (with bonus Mickey and kimchi)

It's finally time to share my Jeopardy! experience. Obviously, I won't comment on the actual taping until I am legally allowed to do so, but I'll start with the preliminaries and share what else we (Mr. Pickle, PickleDude, and I) did while we were in southern California.

If you want, you can see my "hometown howdy" and a commercial for this week (I don't think it has spoilers) at http://www.jeopardy.com/showguide/thisweek/ I am in the commercial, and frankly, it's weird seeing myself .

First, let's take a little trip back to September, shall we?

Our daughter and son-in-law from Missouri spent a few days with us early in the month. The morning they left for home, I was doing laundry when the phone rang.

"Hello, Lee Ann? It's Glenn Kagan from Jeopardy. I'm just calling to check on some of the details of your address and personal information."

Since I was invited to audition in May, I've spent a lot of time at www.jboard.tv, so I knew when someone from the show calls to double-check your information that I was getting THE Call to be on the show.

Once he finished with the basics, Glenn said he was calling to invite me to come to Los Angeles and tape the show on October 15th and 16th. Like most game shows, Jeopardy tapes two days a week, five games per day, every other week or so.

I managed, barely, not to shriek in his ear. He gave me the basic information I needed - when to arrive, what to bring, hotel discount information, etc. - and said he would email me a packet of legal forms and other info I would need to fill out and send back. Glenn also reminded me not to tell anyone other than immediate family and my employer, if necessary, that I was going to tape the show.

We also talked a little about the show experience and the interview spot. Glenn suggested I come up with a "hometown howdy" (a brief TV spot plugging myself and the show), and that I review the "fun facts" I had filled out before the audition. Alex Trebek is given three of the facts to ask contestants about, but occasionally he likes to ask about something they haven't written down on their info card. In that case, Glenn said, the safest thing to do is smile, respond, "That's right, Alex," and then ad-lib a response.

While Alex did ask me about something I had written down, I figured "That's right, Alex" was the best way to start my response - hence the report title.

Lee Ann
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Jan 7th, 2013, 11:42 AM
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Yay, Lee Ann! I can't wait to see you on the show! Very exciting and thank you for posting about it here!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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How exciting!! Will follow along

We met Ken Jennings last year - he was on our Antarctic cruise - hope you beat his record!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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I plan on following and watching the shows you are a contestant on! How exciting. My dad is actually trying out for the show, so maybe he will follow in your footsteps!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 12:16 PM
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I've got the show on my official calendar for tomorrow night! I love telling people that I "know" someone on the show! Are you having a viewing party at home?
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Jan 7th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Been waiting a long time for this TR! YAY!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 12:19 PM
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How fun! I know it's on another post, but would you mind reminding us what day the show airs? I want to make sure to watch!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 12:25 PM
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very cool.
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Jan 7th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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Looking forward! Good luck! Well I hope you had good luck!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 12:36 PM
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Excited to read about what happens to get to a taping - thx a mint for taking time to share the details like you have already. Will be following along!

Enjoy-la!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Very exciting!! Can't wait to see you on Jeopardy! Even DH is going to watch it with me!!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 01:17 PM
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This is exciting! Can't wait to see you tomorrow! You look great in the promos!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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Oh, how great! Didn't know you were going to be on. Can you tell us the date?

Good luck!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Wow! You have to be pretty smart to even make it onto Jeopardy! H
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Jan 7th, 2013, 03:30 PM
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GOOOOOOO Lee Ann!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 03:30 PM
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You all can see me tomorrow (Tuesday), January 8th.

Getting on the show is, to some extent, a matter of luck. About 100,000 people take the online test every year, and you do have to score well enough on the online test to make it to the next level.

From that pool, about 4000 people are invited to audition, and 300-400 of them will be asked to be on the show.

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Jan 7th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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I feel like saying "Good Luck!" but the show has already taped!!! This is exciting. I remember reading your TR about the try outs!
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Jan 7th, 2013, 03:49 PM
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If we can't wish "good luck on the show" as you know the results already, what can we wish you? Have a great TV-watching party?
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Jan 7th, 2013, 04:12 PM
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I'm looking forward to watching the show! You look great in the hometown howdy
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Jan 7th, 2013, 04:43 PM
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Just curious..did Jeopardy pay for your plane ticket and hotel? I was on Jeopardy about 40 years ago, and it was great fun. Hope you had good luck.
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