Amy’s Final Jeopardy

Amy’s Final Jeopardy

One of the first thoughts I had after it happened was, “I don’t have to come up with any more anecdotes.” — Amy Schneider, after her 40-game “Jeopardy!” win streak ended tonight Amy is one of the show’s greatest champions, deserving of...
Schrödinger’s Jeopardy

Schrödinger’s Jeopardy

“It’s like Schrödinger’s Jeopardy! It’s happened, but it also hasn’t happened yet” — from Claire McNear’s piece on how the show’s champions have to keep their success a secret for months until their episodes air. For players like [Amy] Schneider,...
“Jeopardy!” Then Vs. Now

“Jeopardy!” Then Vs. Now

Emily Jahr has a piece in the Washington Post about people who were champions on “Jeopardy!” in the era when you were only allowed to stay on the show for a maximum of five days. She asked them how jealous they are of players like Amy Schneider, the...
TV Review: “After Life”

TV Review: “After Life”

I’ve been a fan of Ricky Gervais for a long time. I laughed out loud at his HBO series “Extras,” his movies “Ghost Town” and “The Invention of Lying,” his stints hosting The Golden Globes (when they were still a thing), and...
Betty White

Betty White

I don’t have any personal stories about comedy legend Betty White, who died a few days ago at 99. I never interviewed her, but I’m sure, since she’d been in showbiz for decades, she would have been a great guest with lots of funny stories. There are...
Here’s To You, Wendy!

Here’s To You, Wendy!

I first noticed Wendy Rieger in the late 1980s when I was hosting a successful morning radio show and she was a reporter for WRC-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, DC. Some tropical storm or hurricane was threatening the area, and Wendy was...