Date of first appearance:
$75,502 (regular shows), $1,000 Tournament of Champions
Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show:
When I was being reinvestigated for a 5 year update on my security clearance, the government investigator was suspicious why I had no debts. When I explained that I had won over $75,000 on Jeopardy!, she spent the next 15 minutes of the interview asking me about Alex Trebek.
Did being on Jeopardy! Have any affect on your life?
Yes, I paid off the mortgage on my house and was able to take my family on amazing car trips to all 48 of the contiguous states and several of the provinces in Canada. As a result of my success on Jeopardy! my sons became extremely interested in Academic competitions. My oldest son Eric was a 3-time geography bee winner, captain of his high school It's Academic team, and now competes for his College Bowl team at the University of Maryland. My youngest son Adam is a 5-time geography bee winner and is also on the It's Academic team at Walter Johnson High School. If Jeopardy! had a father/son tournament, the Newmans would be tough to beat!
Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
Yes, I took almost a month off work and took my family all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada by car. We took the “Rode to the Sun” in Glacier National Park, traveled to Jaspar and Banff in the Canadian Rockies. We would have driven all the way to Alaska, but there was not enough time. Jeopardy! winnings paid for several such trips we took all over the U.S. over a 5 year period. These were truly adventures of a lifetime and my children were at an age when they got to see the some of the wonders of the world from the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, to Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Redwood National Park and to even the Corn Palace in Nebraska or Custer National Park in South Dakota that we will never forget.
Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
During the last 5 years I helped start a small software company named Simulyze, Inc. We have developed a product call FlightControl which is currently being used by the U.S. military to perform situational awareness visualization in 3D in areas of interest around the world.
"He was the first player to win 5 games in the 1991-92 season. A partner in a small computer company from Rockville, Maryland..."
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $48,700.
1992 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $1,000.
Season 8 5-time champion: $75,502.