A computer consultant from Flagstaff, Arizona...

Leszek Pawlowicz

Date of first appearance:
October 10, 1991

Total winnings:
$75,400 over five days + Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary home game or computerized version; $100,000 for winning 1992 Tournament of Champions

Nickname associated with performance:
Not really, just a reinforcement of my former nickname of “Dr. Excitement” (they mock me).

Records held/Stats:
My five-day total was one of the top 15 scores before the dollar values were doubled. The last three days of my five-day appearance, I had only one opponent going into Final Jeopardy! I won the ToC with the best overall field (in terms of five-day winnings) before the dollar values were doubled. And I share the odd statistical quirk (with Mike Dupée) of never having lost a single game of Jeopardy!, including both of my ToC final matches. Others have been undefeated through all their matches to the ToC championship, but have lost games in special tournaments (like Bob Blake and Chuck Forrest, who lost on Super Jeopardy!, or Tom Nosek, who lost in the 10th Anniversary Tournament). I'd like to keep that record unblemished ;-).

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show:
Based on my behavior after returning from the ToC, everyone where I worked was convinced I had lost. I made it up to them afterwards by flying in 25 gallons of ice cream from Toscanini's in Cambridge (best damned ice cream anywhere) for a party at work.

#2 anecdote--I can't tie my necktie correctly to save my life--it wandered wildly back and forth across my shirt during all my appearances. See my fifth-day win for the most egregious example.

Did Jeopardy! have any effect on your life?
Now I can make up any “fact” I want, and people believe me.

Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
Eh, not really. Winning the J! ToC is probably the one thing that makes me stand out; apart from that, I'm not terribly interesting. But my mom loves me anyway.

"He was the winner of the 1992 Tournament of Champions. Today he's a computer consultant. From Flagstaff, Arizona..."

2014 Battle of the Decades semifinalist: $25,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000. Very narrowly defeated by Tad Carithers when Leszek accidentally named The Music Man as the musical featuring the song "Kansas City". (Correct response: Oklahoma!)
1992 Tournament of Champions winner: $100,000.
Season 8 5-time champion: $75,400 + Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary home game or computerized version.

Name pronounced like "LESHZ-ek PAHV-lo-vich."

Featured on ABC's 20/20 story on game show champions, Winter 2001.

Finalist in the History IQ $250,000 Tournament of Champions in 2001.

Won $5,000 on Win Ben Stein's Money.

Appeared on Grand Slam in 2007. Defeated in the quarterfinal round and eliminated from the tournament by Twenty One 6-time champion David Legler, who had previously defeated Jeopardy! champion Frank Spangenberg in the Sweet 16 round.

Leszek won $50,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 2015-10-23.

Leszek won $10,000 on Master Minds on 2020-06-24.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: leszekp
Ken Jennings Message Board user name: leszekp

Leszek appeared in the following archived game:
#4720, aired 2005-02-25 Tad Carithers vs. Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Al Lin 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 13.
Leszek previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Leszek Pawlowicz in the following 4 archived games:
#1890, aired 1992-11-20 Jerome Vered vs. Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Bruce Simmons 1992 Tournament of Champions final game 2.
#1889, aired 1992-11-19 Jerome Vered vs. Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Bruce Simmons 1992 Tournament of Champions final game 1.
#1886, aired 1992-11-16 Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Richard Kaplan vs. April McManus 1992 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 1.
#1885, aired 1992-11-13 Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Frank Epstein vs. Billy Baxter 1992 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 5.
Leszek would later appear on Jeopardy! as Leszek Pawlowicz in the following 3 archived games:
#6837, aired 2014-05-13 Brad Rutter vs. Tom Cubbage vs. Leszek Pawlowicz Battle of the Decades semifinal game 2.
#6831, aired 2014-05-05 Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Robin Carroll vs. Roger Craig Battle of the Decades quarterfinal game 1.
#6767, aired 2014-02-04 Leslie Frates vs. Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Andrew Westney Battle of the Decades: The 1980s game 2.

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