A junior at Ithaca College from Honolulu, Hawaii...

Tony Nagatani

Hi, I'm Tony Nagatani, I'm from Ithaca College, and you're watching me on jeopardy.com.

What's your major?
Uh, my major is cinema and photography, with a concentration in cinema production and a minor in screenwriting. And hopefully with the education that I get at Ithaca College I'll be able to, y'know, be a, someday a big hotshot film director/editor kinda guy.

How did you prepare for today's game?
You know, a lot of people have been coming up and asking me if I've done anything special to prepare for Jeopardy!, and I keep telling them, it's not really something you can study for. I mean, they--they give you so much information on the categories already. There's, y'know, two clues in every--in every question. But, uh, y'know, I mean the only thing I've been doing is try to, like, live life more to the fullest, 'cause that's the way I feel is best way to prepare for any kind of trivia thing, y'know, just to be aware of things more.

How did you find out you were chosen as a contestant?
It's kinda funny. Luh--they stuh--uh--there's a really funny story about how I got selected to be on, uh, Jeopardy! I mean, y'know, obviously I went to the auditions like everybody else, but, and they told me that in the first week of September I'd be getting a FedEx package. Well, I'm sitting there in the first week of September, and it was Wednesday, and that's when I have late class, so I was sleeping in. And there's a knock on my window. And it's the FedEx guy, and I was absolutely, like, livid. I was like "WHY ARE YOU WAKING ME UP? WHY WHY WHY?" I go out there, he hands me the package, and he goes, "I think you're going to be on Jeopardy!" And so I was like, "Oh, thanks very much," y'know. It was really just kinda funny.

Win one for Ithaca College, Tony!

2001 College Championship quarterfinalist: $2,500.

Tony was 20 at the time of the 2001 College Championship.

2001 College Championship Online Tournament user name: PineappleDK

Tony appeared in the following archived game:
#3956, aired 2001-11-12 Tony Nagatani vs. Brittany Rogers vs. Matt Schnippert 2001 College Championship quarterfinal game 4. From the campus at UCLA.

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