A software designer from Bedford, Massachusetts...

Mark Eckard

Hi, I'm Mark, and you're watching me on jeopardy.com.

What is your all time favorite category?
[Smiles] Uh, when I was first on, I had a category BAYWATCH BABES. And, uh, uh, I did reasonably well--I didn't watch Baywatch very often--uh, but I was lucky enough to remember who "Jasmine Bleeth" was.

How long have you been watching Jeopardy!?
I've been watching Jeopardy! for... probably 30 years. I tried out about 25 years ago when I was going to school at USC. And, uh, I--you know, I came wearing jeans and, and, didn't have any stories to tell--so obviously I didn't get on the show. Uh, but, uh, 25 years later, I was out in California, and, uh, tried out and got lucky! [Smiles]

Have you been recognized since being on Jeopardy!?
Uh, as far as notoriety goes, uh, people I went to high school have contacted me, uh, which is very nice. Uh, I've gotten a few very nice letters from people in my town. A woman sent a letter saying, uh, that she enjoyed watching me, but that her loyalties were, uh, split, because someone from her hometown in New Jersey was also a five-time champion, so, she would have to--she would have to root for both of us.


2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $35,600.
2001 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $5,000.
Season 17 5-time champion: $69,600 + a Chevrolet Suburban.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: meckard

Mark died 2017-10-02 at the age of 60. [Obituary]

Mark appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#3948, aired 2001-10-31 Brad Rutter vs. Mark Eckard vs. Larry Cloud 2001 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 3.
#3941, aired 2001-10-22 Babu Srinivasan vs. Mark Eckard vs. Rick Knutsen 2001 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1.
Mark previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Mark Eckard in the following 5 archived games:
#3879, aired 2001-06-14 Mark Eckard vs. Jeremy Simon vs. Tom Daily Mark Eckard game 5.
#3878, aired 2001-06-13 Mark Eckard vs. Jason Blankenship vs. Jessica Finkelberg Mark Eckard game 4.
#3877, aired 2001-06-12 Mark Eckard vs. Jeff DeVries vs. Mike Zwick Mark Eckard game 3.
#3876, aired 2001-06-11 Mark Eckard vs. Nancy Fisher vs. Jay Pierce Mark Eckard game 2.
#3875, aired 2001-06-08 Jason Block vs. Scott Wetzel vs. Mark Eckard Mark Eckard game 1.
Mark would later appear on Jeopardy! as Mark Eckard in the following 2 archived games:
#4758, aired 2005-04-20 Mark Eckard vs. Vinita Kailasanath vs. Brian Moore 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 6.
#4716, aired 2005-02-21 Kermin Fleming vs. Mark Eckard vs. Lance Johnson 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 9.

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