Date of first appearance:
I taped them around Valentine's Day of 2001, and I think they aired the 2nd week of May 2001. I don't remember the exact dates. Ironic, because I teach history for a living.
• Original show: $75,100 + a Corvette
• 2001 Tournament of Champions: $5,000
• Million Dollar Masters Tournament: $10,000
Do you have a nickname based on your Jeopardy! reputation?
Many people at work call me That Guy Who Was on Jeopardy! Seriously.
Is there something unique about your competition?
I was the leading money winner for the 2000-2001 season.
Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show?
I got an e-mail once from a mother of an autistic child somewhere in New England. Seems the boy loved Jeopardy! and after I was on kept asking when Babu was coming back. Fortunately, the Jeopardy! Corporation aims to please.
Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect on your life?
Since I took an oath of chastity and poverty to get a history degree, being on Jeopardy! solved one of those problems. Actually, you don't have to take an oath of chastity to get a history degree. It just kind of works out that way.
Did you do anything crazy with the winnings?
I bought a condo and remodeled it. I was going to put a wood floor in it, but one of my contractors stole it. I replaced it with a very nice, environmentally friendly bamboo, and this time I had it nailed down.
Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
I was born in a log cabin my father built on Manhatten, a tiny island off the coast of Newark. My father, a poor immigrant psychiatrist, later blazed a trail across the savage continent to Texas, bringing with him a savage wife, four savage kids, nine savage cats, and three mildly aggressive dogs. There, after a brief childhood, I received an education culminating in being granted a Ph.D. in history. I then learned the true meaning of history: there's no future in it. After that, I got on Jeopardy! and there was much rejoicing.
"His aggressive wagering helped him become the biggest winner from the 2000-2001 season. Still a history professor from Houston, Texas..."
2014 Battle of the Decades invitee: $5,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament quarterfinalist: $10,000.
2001 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $5,000.
Season 17 5-time champion: $75,100 + a Corvette.
According to the official Jeopardy! web site, Babu's full name is "Sethuraman Srinivasan Jr." The UToC web site listed Babu's residence as Cypress, Texas.