Kelly: I had the pleasure of spending a week in Nashville recently to conduct contestant searches and shoot a few clues.
It was a special trip for several reasons. Our Supervising Producer, Rocky Schmidt (far right), joined us and produced the clues you’ll see today.
In addition to clues, we spent the week searching for awesome contestants to be part of Jeopardy!’s 30th Anniversary season. We found great people for the show, even some champions you’ll see this season.
Kelly: Talk about a trip of a lifetime! Join me as we go underground into the tunnels that make up the 42 hectares/420,000 square meters of the Cullinan Diamond Mine in South Africa. It was a fascinating journey beneath the earth to see what goes into mining diamonds, and, in turn, to better understand why they are so valuable!
After the team watched a safety video, got suited from head to toe in protective gear and outfitted with emergency breathing apparatuses, we were ready to go! This was the vehicle that transported us onto the mining grounds.
Looking official as we awaited our entry into the mines. From left to right: Greg/South African Tourism, Chris/Cameraman, Brett/Producer.
As daunting as it was exciting, we loaded into the large elevator cage. It lowered quickly, our ears popped and our hearts thumped. The thrilling experience commenced! Here, we are listening intently as our guide told to stay on the look-out for loose diamonds. It rarely happens, but if an employee discovers one and turns it in, they are handsomely compensated! This is one of the reasons theft is not a major issue.
The vehicles were rugged, bouncy and so much fun! We cruised through the miles of tunnels like something out of an adventure flick. I swear, I felt like I was at Disneyland on the Indiana Jones ride! This was definitely one of those “once in a lifetime” moments.
As you’ll see on the show, the break rooms were complete with serene little ponds for the workers to decompress and relax! Here, the Jeopardy! crew works to light the pond in preparations for shooting the clue.
In the meantime, I had a moment to sit down and freshen up. The tunnels got extremely hot and humid at times, not to mention dusty! Being part of the Clue Crew, we’ve often found ourselves studying clues, doing make-up or changing wardrobe in some of the most unexpected places!
The Cullinan jewelry store was where we wrapped our shoot. Normally, I pick up pins or holiday ornaments as souvenirs from shoot locations; this time, however, Sarah helped me find a special sparkling souvenir. I have worn it every day since then with fond memories!
Kelly: Jimmy and I ventured to Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum and climbed aboard the legendary USS Olympia.
Since her launch in 1892, the Olympia is a rare treasure in the U.S. naval fleet. Since no sister ships were ever built, the Olympia is the world’s oldest floating steel warship and is the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War.
Behind Jimmy, is the great USS Olympia. For those of you who like details, check out her particulars:
Length: 344 Feet
Beam: 53 feet
Displacement: 5,870 tons
Crew: 33 Officers, 396 enlisted men
Top Speed: 22 knots (25mph)
Coal Consumption at Top Speed: 633 lbs./minute
Here I am acting as Captain of the ship. If you look closely, you’ll find that I was “photobombed” by our audio tech, Russ. There is never a dull moment with our crew!
Philadelphia certainly tested our melting points on this hot and humid day, but it also offered a clear beautiful view from the deck of the ship. Can you name that bridge?
Jimmy: Greetings from Milwaukee! Feeling like a true “Anchorman” appearing on CBS 58’s morning news.
In recognition of his appearance in the Battle of the Decades Tournament, I stopped by St. Mary’s Visitation Parish School to play a round of Classroom Jeopardy! with contestant Michael Falk’s 5th-8th graders.
Also on hand was Michael’s wife Courtney and their two-year-old son Maxwell. Everyone is so proud of Michael and will be attending a huge viewing party today at St. Mary’s.
Jimmy: Greetings from Madison, Wisconsin!
What a great start to a big day at Marshall Middle School. It started with an appearance on NBC-15’s morning news with Christine Bellport.
I’d also like to send a big thank you to Mr. Wolf’s seventh grade class for showing true sportsmanship and enthusiasm as we played an enjoyable round of Classroom Jeopardy!. Congratulations to the team “Orange Ostrich” on their big win!
Now, off to Milwaukee!
Sarah: Hey JEOPARDY! fans! We’re in Chicago, Illinois today taking part in the Black Women’s Expo!
Here I am hosting a game of Jeopardy! for the Expo guests.
If you’re attending the Expo, come find us an play a few rounds!
And Jimmy joined the creator and founder of the Black Women’s Expo, Merry Green and ABC 7’s Stacey Baca.
Jimmy: Hey JEOPARDY! fans! Make sure to tune in today as Kelly, Sarah and I make JEOPARDY! history!
Our category, MOUNT RUSHMORE, shot at the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, makes it official: the Clue Crew has now recorded clues in all 50 United States! I don’t think it was “set in stone” originally to complete our tour of the states here, but what a way to celebrate, at the Shrine of Democracy!
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, located 23 miles southwest of Rapid City, is a place that you don’t want to miss, as it truly is one of the greatest American attractions. It was the brainchild of Doane Robinson, who was known as the “Father of Mt. Rushmore.” His goal was simple: to create an attraction that would draw people from all over the country. Mission accomplished.
The Clue Crew’s journeys, we hope, are far from over and we would like to thank you, our loyal viewers, for your ongoing support. Your passion never goes unnoticed and it’s our goal to continue bringing the world’s coolest places right into your living rooms. We promise to deliver the best of the best and we love hearing your feedback.
Rarely do all three of us make it to a clue location, but under these special circumstances it made this shoot that much sweeter. Weather conditions were very tricky on this particular day. We struggled against clouds and major wind which had the girls, and their hair, a little frustrated. Ponytails were in order, except for me.
A view of our hard-working crew shooting Kelly. They treated this 50th state with the same amount of care as our first state (California, naturally) more than 12 years ago.
All clues are supervised under the watchful eye of our producer, Brett Schneider. Look closely and you can see Sarah next to Brett bundled up and capturing the action on her camera for our Clue Crew posts. We all try to lend a hand and snap each other in action.
It’s Sarah’s turn. What a fabulous view! No green screens here!
Led by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, work began in 1927 and was completed in 1941. A total of over 450,000 tons of rock was removed to carve the presidents’ heads , which reach a height of 60 feet.
No trip is complete without a stop at the gift shop. During this trip, I purchased a Mt. Rushmore coffee mug. It’s more than just a mug to me; it represents the joy and pride I feel about being part of this great team called the Clue Crew! Every morning when I use it (and I do), it reminds me of how lucky I am to be part of America’s Favorite Quiz Show®. I have been fortunate enough to travel all around the globe recording clues with some of my favorite people. It is a pretty cool mug too. It holds just about two cups of coffee, and you’ve got to love the George Washington profile handle!
Kelly: Welcome to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona! Jimmy and I had the chance to get up close to dozens of planes, each of which have their own story to tell. We also had the honor of meeting a veteran pilot and living baseball legend. Join us as we fly into history on today’s JEOPARDY!
The museum boasts an indoor and an extensive outdoor exhibit! Just beyond my right shoulder is the C-54 Skymaster that took part in “Operation Vittles” during the Cold War.
The P-63 King Cobra fighters, like the one Jimmy is standing in front of, saw more success abroad than at home being utilized heavily through the Lend-Lease Act of WW2.
This P-51 Mustang was flown by Lt. Louis E. Curdes who was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. However, his story is very unique as he may be the only person to ever win this honor for shooting down a friendly aircraft.
Did this story make you curious!? You can read all about Lt. Curdes here.
Characterized by its bent wing-shape and outsized propeller, the F4U Corsair was known for its distinctive sound which earned it the nickname “Whistling Death.”
I had the honor of meeting Mr. Glen “Bud” Daniel during our visit. He told me he flew the F4U Corsair as a Marine fighter pilot from June 1942 until May 1946. A fascinating man, Mr. Daniel explained that he was writing a book about his life as a pilot during the war. I am pleased to see that his book titled, Cowboy Down: A WWII Marine Fighter Pilot’s Story, was released this year. In addition, there is a book written about Mr. Daniel, Lost Cowboys: The Story of Bud Daniel & Wyoming Baseball, as he’s been called, “one of the best coaches in college baseball history.” A fascinating man indeed!
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (March 12, 2014) – Arthur Chu’s JEOPARDY! streak came to an end in an episode that aired today, when Diana Peloquin, a graduate student from Ann Arbor, Mich., stopped his run at 11 games and $297,200.
“Once it looked like I was doing well, my goal was to beat Dave Madden, the second-winningest player in JEOPARDY! regular season competition. I didn’t quite make it there but I think third place is quite respectable,” said Chu after his win. “$297,200 is an awfully unsatisfying-looking number; Alex [Trebek] gave me a hard time about not breaking $300,000 and I wish I had, if only to make for a better story.”
Chu will return for the JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions, which will take place next season.
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JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show® and its host, Alex Trebek, are celebrating 30 years of “answers and questions.” The top-rated quiz show in syndication, JEOPARDY! has become a pop culture phenomenon and holds the Guinness World Record for the most Emmy awards won by a TV game show (30 Emmys). In 2014, JEOPARDY! won the inaugural Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for Quiz and Audience Participation; it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp. For more information, please visit Jeopardy.com.
Kelly: Featured on the show this week in the category of AMERICAN DECORATIVE ARTS, the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (pronounced “winter-tour”) was founded by Henry Francis du Pont. Located in Winterthur, Delaware, it is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting the du Pont family’s life at the estate as well as the lives of other Americans during that time.
Winterthur is a stunning home with 175 grand rooms filled with a collection of over 90,000 objects; it is also home to a 60 acre garden and a research library that serves scholars from around the globe.
Equally exciting, this was the Clue Crew’s first shoot in the state of Delaware, so it was my pleasure to add it to our ever growing list of places visited worldwide.