Montclair Resident Wins Jeopardy, Defends Title Tonight

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (20)

“It’s the only city whose teams won the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup in the same year.”
Andrew Fechner, a television programmer from Montclair, risked $10,801 on Final Jeopardy last night, giving the correct answer, “What is Pittsburgh?”
He ran the board most of the night, holding a lead over his two opponents from Virginia and New York, winning a total of $26,001.
Tune in to Jeopardy tonight at 7 p.m. on channel 7 (ABC) to see Fechner defend his title.


If you want to show off your own trivia knowledge, support the MHS Girl’s basketball team this Friday at their Quiz Night fundraiser. Barista Kids will have more details on this event tomorrow.

20 Comments

  1. POSTED BY Nellie  |  January 26, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Hope his opponents don’t jeopardize his chances of winning…I wish him well and will tune in…

  2. POSTED BY Mrs. Martta123  |  January 26, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    Cool! Good luck, Andrew!

  3. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 26, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    By the time you get home tonight, Andrew, there’ll be a crowd of people on your lawn wanting to sell you magazines, insurance, cable TV, a new car…

  4. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 26, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    A: It’s slang for very impressive.
    Q: What is Awesome.
    Way to go Andrew!

  5. POSTED BY mtcmom  |  January 26, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    I’ve always wanted to be on Jeopardy. I will have to live vicariously through Andrew. Congrats! I’ll be rooting you on tonight (while trying to beat you to the answers)

  6. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 26, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    You do realize this was taped some time ago, yes? Likely some months ago.
    And to the best of my recollection, last night’s “Final Jeopardy” question did not in fact have “Pittsburgh” as its answer (the question was which city’s pro sports teams won both the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup during the same year). That question was last week, when Fechner was not yet even on. Do you people ever actually watch the stuff you post about?

  7. POSTED BY Conan  |  January 26, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    He was good — he had the right answers in a variety of categories. Cathar, you must have been dreaming. The final question last night was just that: Pittsburgh teams won the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup. The shows are taped several months in advance, but they are not broadcast until their target dates. Contestants are sworn to secrecy about their winning or losing status until after the show is aired. Of course, that didn’t stop someone from leaking that Ken was going to win $1 million, or that he was going to lose on such-and-such a date.
    mtcmom: go here and register for the adult Jeopardy! test which will be given at 8:00 PM this evening. If you pass, the next step is a live interview. Good luck!
    https://www.jeopardy.com/onlinetests/adult/

  8. POSTED BY Mike91  |  January 26, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    That question was last week, when Fechner was not yet even on. Do you people ever actually watch the stuff you post about?
    Uh, cathar. The second link in the post details the game Andrew played last night, including the Final Jeopardy question mentioned in the post.
    I’d suggest something involving stones and glass houses and all that, but you’d only respond with some nonsensical rant about the Capuchins or something.

  9. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 26, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Do you people ever actually watch the stuff you post about?
    Hell no!
    Next question?

  10. POSTED BY arfnj  |  January 26, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    Come on, Baristanet, couldn’t you have chosen a better picture of me? πŸ™‚
    Thanks one and all for the kind words. To address some things you brought up, the show was in fact taped a while ago (December 1), and yes, I was sworn to secrecy. Well, secrecy outside of my friends and immediate family of course. It was not easy to not share such good news!
    -Andrew

  11. POSTED BY mtcmom  |  January 26, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Cather – Well I did watch last night and Pittsburgh was indeed the answer to the Final Jeopardy question. And yes, I think that we’re all aware that the shows are taped well in advance, but the point is, it doesn’t become “news” until it is made public. So is your complaint that this isn’t “breaking news” or that it’s incorrect news or should we just file it under your usual “slow newsday” complaint category?

  12. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 26, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    mtcmom, I simply think it is very depressing that the Baristas’ crack editorial staff can never be moved to, say, call either a local politician or Dick Grabowsky for explication. But will spend inordinate space on a a Jeopardy champion (however long his reign proves/proved to be).
    There is very little “breaking news” on this site. Ever. (And what there is, is usually “borrowed” from the Star-Ledger, NJ.com or the Montclair Times.) Whether that’s by design or happenstance, I leave to the Baristas to explain away as part of the rationale behind “citizen journalism.”
    I do note Fechner’s post above. Which is not the same, however, as a direct quote from him as a result of journalistic enterprise, now is it?

  13. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 26, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    I also note now that Jeopardy bids farewell to Mr. Lechner after just one night as champion (albeit with the consolation of $26,000 in winnings.)
    Fame, even the relative kind, is so fleeting here on Baristanet.
    But posts on “Jersey Shore,” for some depressing reason, continue.

  14. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 26, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    Apologies to Mr. Fechner, too, for misspelling his surname above.

  15. POSTED BY Kacey  |  January 26, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    Hey, Andrew. Mr. Crawford from WVHS says hi! And he’s sorry he never taught you Dracula. πŸ™‚

  16. POSTED BY arfnj  |  January 26, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    Kacey- do you know Mr. Crawford, or are you Mr. Crawford, talking in third person?
    It was a nice run … the high of winning once FAR outweighed the disappointment of losing on night two. Just being on the show was quite literally a dream come true for me.
    P.S. Apology accepted, Cathar.

  17. POSTED BY Kacey  |  January 26, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    Married to him. He was thrilled to see you on Jeopardy. And to make a small world even smaller, we live in Montclair.

  18. POSTED BY Exit151  |  January 26, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    “By the time you get home tonight, Andrew, there’ll be a crowd of people on your lawn wanting to sell you magazines, insurance, cable TV, a new car… ”
    a Senior Center
    It’s in YOUR future Andrew! It’s in Montclair’s future too!

  19. POSTED BY TraitorJo  |  January 27, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    Cath, itβ€šΓ„Γ΄s a blog. Take it or leave it. This has never been touted as headline news. You criticize yet you seem to have nothing better to do with your time than to post comments in an attempt to wow the readers with verbiage that is meaningless. Get out your dictionary and look up blog.

  20. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 27, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Actually, Jo, it’s not really a blog, in the original sense of the word. It’s structured as a news site, with stories, headlines, etc. There is some expectation of newsiness.
    By the way, “take it or leave it” never makes a very compelling argument.

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