Is there a favorite moment that stands out during your time as host of Jeopardy!?
I think it’s difficult for me to single out one moment, but one that stands out very prominently occurred in our first Teen Tournament when I interviewed a young girl named Dana Venator, who played the bagpipes. She was from near Atlanta and she used to go outside her house and into the woods to practice because she didn’t want to disturb the neighbors. I thought that was so sweet. We did a retrospective many years later and she was grown up, working, and doing well. It brought back such wonderful memories for me. When you think about a 13 or 14-year-old girl playing the bagpipes, that’s kind of neat.
What does the Hall of Fame say about Jeopardy! as a show?
Well, I think it says you’re looking at a successful television program. One that’s been successful for 27 years in its current incarnation and of course it was on for 10 years on the NBC television network in the ’60s and early ’70s. It’s a quality program and there are a lot of tours that come through the Sony Studios. This was a way of making it extra special for them.