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CLUE CREW NOTES FROM THE ROAD: KELLY’S CLASSROOM JEOPARDY! VISIT TO SPRINGFIELD, MO

Kelly: Hey again!

Here’s a little collage of the visit today.

I started my morning in snowy Springfield, MO on the KY3 and the KSPR morning news. Thanks to KSPR’s Adam Hooper for the Mardi Gras spirit to kick off the day!

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I had the chance to play Classroom Jeopardy! with over a hundred 7th graders at John J. Pershing Middle School today. Jeopardy! partnered with KSPR & The Rotary Club of Southeast Springfield and it was a pleasure to take part in the “Don’t Meth With Us” drug education program!  Thank you to all the volunteers and community leaders for making such an important difference in these kids’ lives!

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Tuesday’s show brought you special clues about the Palace of Nations! 

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CLUE CREW NOTES FROM THE ROAD: Kelly visits the Palace of Nations

Geneva is located in the westernmost corner of Switzerland. It was a lovely place to visit. Rich in history and politics, I was also pleased to be surrounded by beautiful views, clean, fresh air and the sounds of the French language! Geneva is bordered by the Jura Mountains in the west and the French Alps in the east, so it seems everywhere you look, the city is set upon a backdrop of beautiful mountains (snowcapped when we were there). 

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Welcome to the Palace of Nations/Palais des Nations! It was an honor to be one of the annual 100,000 visitors to the United Nations and to have the opportunity to shoot clues there. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to Geneva.

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Hey Jeopardy! fans, make sure to tune in today to take a step back in time with Kelly and me as we visit historic Valley Forge.

Clue Crew Notes From the Road: A Visit to Historic Valley Forge

Located approximately 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, PA, Valley Forge is named for an iron forge on Valley Creek. It was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War soldiers and honors the ability of the citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. It is truly a patriotic place and we would like to thank everyone at Valley Forge for our access and making this a very memorable experience. 

What you don’t normally see on TV… this is our great crew at work! Pictured left to right: Russ Fisher (Audio) — who is originally from Philly and it was great for him to be back home. His brother even joined up with us at the end of the day J — Producer Brett Schneider, Josh Schneiderman (Grip), and Chris Smith (Photographer).

Here’s Kelly braving the tall brush of Valley Forge. Afterward, we were told by the Park Ranger that there’s always the chance for picking up ticks… yikes! After further review, I am happy to report that Kelly came up clean! 

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On Monday’s Jeopardy!, join Kelly and me as we visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.  

Clue Crew Notes From the Road: Sarah Steps Aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour

After completing its final mission in 2011, Endeavour was decommissioned and brought to the California Science Center in October of 2012.  Since then, thousands have visited to get a rare up close look at a NASA space shuttle, an opportunity Kelly and I were excited to have! 

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Hoping your 2014 is off to a wonderful start. We’re sending you happy winter wishes from OLD NEW MEXICO! Jimmy and I visited El Rancho De Las Golondrinas to bring you a special category about the good ol’ days in Santa Fe.

Clue Crew Notes From the Road: Kelly In Old New Mexico

"The Ranch of the Swallows" is a historic rancho, now a living history museum that dates from the early 1700s. It was an important paraje, or stopping place, along the Royal Road (El Camino Real) from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Check out more about the living museum here: http://www.golondrinas.org

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Showing off Fred Astaire’s 1927 Rolls Royce that featured a very special Louis Vuitton one of these in back.  Do you know? Tune in tonight to find out if you’re right!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles!  

Jimmy jumped into the “Mother in Law Seat” of this 1930 Nash 482R to shoot his clue.  I’m sure many of you can’t imagine why that is it’s nickname. ;)

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Clue Crew Notes From the Road: Going Behind the Scenes at the NRAO!

Hey Jeopardy! fans! Over the past thirteen seasons, the Jeopardy! Clue Crew has traveled all over the globe and country recording clues for the show. We’re happy to announce we are now closing in on all fifty states this year and we would love for you to tune in on Monday, December 23 as we cross off our 49th state. Join me as I bring clues from National Radio Astronomy Observatory in  West Virginia, the Mountaineer State!

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485 feet tall and weighing 17 million pounds, Green Bank’s Robert C. Byrd Telescope is one of the largest movable structures on Earth. Pictured here is our crew way up, up, up in the sky. Producer Brett Schneider didn’t give us much time to think about our ascent to the top, so we basically had no choice! And, on top of that, I was the only Clue Crew member on this shoot. Thanks Brett! I was fine as long as I didn’t look straight down.

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The telescopes are so sensitive that even the radiation emitted by cars can cause interference.  Since old checker cabs have no spark plugs, they are included in the observatory’s vehicle fleet. Pictured here is detail-oriented producer Brett Schneider, doing a last minute “wax” job on the  car so it looks picture perfect.

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The observatory is in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means anything that emits electromagnetic interference is prohibited in this area. Here I am in one of the detective force vehicles responsible for patrolling the 13,000 sq. mile territory.

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Executive Producer Harry Friedman talks to the folks from WOWT 6 News about growing up in Omaha, and his great success in television.

Clue Crew Notes From The Road: Searching for the best and brightest Jeopardy! contestants in Omaha

Over the weekend, I joined the contestant team in search of the best and brightest in Omaha! It was definitely a trip filled with adventure and memories, from the less convenient flight cancellations and extreme cold weather, to wonderful people and a very special guest!  Jeopardy!’s Executive Producer, Harry Friedman, hails from Omaha, Nebraska and dropped by to say hello and talk to the contestant applicants.  What a treat for us all!

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No one warms up a group of Jeopardy! hopefuls better than producer Maggie Speak. With every bit of energy and enthusiasm, she explains the ins and outs of being a strong contestant and what to expect during the audition.

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Funny to say, but as the weather warmed up, it began to snow!  Despite interrupted travel plans, it was a beautiful sight to see! We don’t get weather like that in Southern California, and there is nothing more fun than a dose of snow around the holidays!

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It’s Kelly from ffreezing cccold Omaha! 

Thank you to WOWT’s News First at Four for having me as a guest today. Omaha’s viewers entered a “Watch & Win” contest for a chance to win a spot to audition for Jeopardy!  I had the extra special treat of selecting one lucky winner on live television. Congratulations to Greg Stoj!  We’ll see you at tomorrow’s audition in Omaha!

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It may be bitter cold here in Omaha, but it was a pleasure to chat with Joe Chiodo about being part of the Clue Crew, Jeopardy!’s exciting 30th Anniversary season and our search for contestants in Omaha!  Special thanks to WOWT’s General Manager, Vic Richards, for having me. (Pictured with me & Joe).

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The women of Jeopardy! are representing in Omaha!  Despite single-digit temps, we are having a great time in Nebraska!  Actually, it’s always a fun experience coming from the mild climate in Southern California. Here we are bundled up and trying to stay warm! (Left to right: Rebecca Erbstein, Producer, Promotions; Corina Nsu, Contestant Coordinator; Maggie Speak, Producer & Me, Kelly Miyahara, Clue Crew)

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