Jim Faggiana ’78 | August 20, 2020
I was always a trivia guy. Jeopardy! was too hard. I could never get through the test. Then Who Wants To Be A Millionaire comes on in August 1999. I found it interesting. Call the number. You get right through and it’s a touch tone game. You’ve got to answer three questions. If you get them right, you go into a drawing to get called for a second set of questions. That’s the hard part. I didn’t get the call back until several months after I started trying. Then you’ve got to answer five questions. If you get those five questions right, you’re basically on the show. It was that simple. I’m still surprised to this day about that. I get a call that I was on the show taping May 17, I think it was. This was 2000.
The game is all facets of human knowledge. I studied things that I thought I should know but I was weak on, such as parts of speech, the kings of England, you name it. All over the spectrum. Stuff to do with cooking. Because I didn’t know anything. My wife is the cook.
The day before the taping I was in Manhattan in a museum with my wife, looking at the different gems, because I didn’t know my gems. She asked me out of the blue if I had any more cooking questions. Then she asked me if I knew what the zest of an orange is. I had no idea. She told me what it was, but she confused me a little bit about whether it was the peel or the pulp.
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