Pinballer on Jeopardy


#1

Tonight’s Jeopardy episode featured returning champion Steven Oppenheimer of Ohio … who, during the interview section of the show, mentioned his participation in one of the Ohio pinball leagues. Said he might consider buying a game with his winnings. He’s ranked #7973, played in two seasons of the Kidforce Collectibles League in Berea.

This episode had a clue I enjoyed, too: one of the correct questions was, “What is an Actuary?” [which I am].


#2

Didn’t see it, but I got blasted with texts from non-pinball friends and family during the airing. We play in the same league but I don’t recall ever meeting him.


#3

I’ll bet Trebek played a mean pinball back in the day. He’s got the look.


#4

My wife barely caught it and we had to run it back. One of the categories had “ACE” in quotes which are my pinball initials. Pretty cool. I just mentioned this at my morning meeting at work. heh.


#5

Fred Richardson ranked #48th in the world was on Price Is Right two or three years ago. I think he won a dinette set or something.


#6

His last name is Oppenheim. No “er” on the end. And his rank just dropped to #8000. I had it recorded. Nice to see competitive pinball mentioned on a national show which might encourage some viewers to look for local leagues/tournaments.