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John Beck

Has your life changed since your appearance on Jeopardy!?
Well, I got another son. Uh... We bought a new house prior to getting the money on Jeopardy!, so that's been a blessing for that to come on. Um, people do treat you different when you're, when you're a Jeopardy! champion, they all seem like they're always asking you the capital of Azerbaijan, or something random and unusual just because they think you might probably would know. Uh, people joke that they don't have to think when I'm around, because they can always just turn around and say, "Uhhhh, how do I cut my meat? Oh, my fork's going the wrong way."

How did you prepare for the tournament?
As I mentioned, I have a new son. [Laughs] So I didn't prepare as much as I would have liked. Uh... just, reading, paying more attention. It's funny, because you try and file, file everything away: You think, "Okay, they just had a thing in Haiti, who's the president of Haiti? Or the new guy who just came in?" Or whatever. You're not--I'm actually looking forward to this being over in a sense, because now I can go back to my normal, just, hearing about things, and reading for pleasure, and having fun, and not fearing like, "Now if I read the newspaper I really should be scouring every part of the newspaper," or "If I do a crossword puzzle, I should be paying attention to the clues I didn't know, " or if I, God forbid, read a novel, I should be going back to my almanac or something, so... Um, it's--it's nice, my preparing was just... paying more attention, and trying to do a little fine tuning--very little--on what I didn't think I knew so much of. So... We'll see how it works out.

What categories are you hoping for?
Today I'm hoping for--Renzo in the green room was making jokes about THINGS ABOUT ME... THE STREET I GREW UP ON... Um, literature's a strong point for me, so I'm hoping for anything literature. Um, movies. I think I'm pretty good about anything pop culture and modern news sorta thing. Um... sports is okay. ...Geography is actually fairly okay.

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2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $29,000.
2004 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $5,000.
Season 19 5-time champion: $117,099 + a Jaguar X-TYPE in British Racing Green.

John was the last 5-time retired champion before the "sky's the limit" rule change at the start of Season 20.

John won $10,300 + a trip to Palm Springs + a trip to Las Vegas + a trip to Cabo San Lucas on Merv Griffin's Crosswords on 2007-09-17.

John won $5,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire on 2019-04-23.

John appeared on Master Minds on 2020-05-22.

John appeared on The Chase on 2022-05-31 along with Emily Hogg & lost a $80,000 jackpot when caught by chaser Buzzy Cohen while Jayanthi Martins was caught in the Head to Head round.

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John appeared in the following archived game:
#4608, aired 2004-09-22 John Beck vs. Scott Renzoni vs. Vinita Kailasanath 2004 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 3.
John previously appeared on Jeopardy! as John Beck in the following 5 archived games:
#4344, aired 2003-06-19 John Beck vs. Arline West vs. Spencer Willis John Beck game 5. John becomes the last retired 5-time champion.
#4343, aired 2003-06-18 John Beck vs. Kerry Kelly vs. Scott Ingram John Beck game 4.
#4342, aired 2003-06-17 John Beck vs. Leigh Barrett vs. Jay Porter John Beck game 3.
#4341, aired 2003-06-16 John Beck vs. Tom Lucero vs. Becky Hudson John Beck game 2.
#4340, aired 2003-06-13 Tara Gallagher vs. Amasa Wainwright vs. John Beck John Beck game 1.
John would later appear on Jeopardy! as John Beck in the following 2 archived games:
#4764, aired 2005-04-28 John Beck vs. Brad Rutter vs. Bruce Naegeli 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 12.
#4719, aired 2005-02-24 John Beck vs. Tom Nosek vs. Carolyn Cracraft 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 12.

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