John LaMantia

John is an actuarial associate for a health insurance company, and he got to the hot seat thanks to this question:

QQ12. Put the following celebrities in the order in which they first hosted the Academy Awards, from the earliest to the most recent.
A. Whoopi Goldberg B. Johnny Carson
C. Bob Hope D. Billy Crystal
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-B-D-A
John's winning time: 4.18
Competitors: 4/9

John's got a tough act to follow. Can he reach the million-dollar mark? Let's find out!

For $100:
1. What does the Statue of Liberty have on her feet?

A. SandalsB. Nikes
C. ClogsD. Pumps

John picks A...

And that's his final answer.

He's right for $100!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Although if Phil Knight had his way.......

For $200:
2. What does 'WWW' stand for in an Internet address?

A. World Wide WarrantB. World Wide Web
C. Web Wide WorkD. Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle

John chooses B...

For his final answer.

It's a good one; he's won $200!

For $300:
3. How many digits make up an official U.S. Social Security number?

A. 7B. 8
C. 9D. 10
He needed it to get on the show!

John selects C...

Which is his final answer.

And he's right again! $300.

For $500:
4. What word best describes a group of lions?

A. PrideB. Prejudice
C. GaggleD. School
John takes 'pride' in knowing it's A...

And A is his final answer.

Correct! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. The railroad tunnel connecting England and France is commonly referred to as what?

A. Under StraightB. The French Connection
C. The Channel WayD. Chunnel

John settles on D...

Final answer? You bet.

He's got it, and he's got no less than a grand!

For $2000:
6. What is used as the logo for the Prudential Life Insurance company?

A. Rock of GibraltarB. Mt. Everest
C. Mt. RushmoreD. Mt. Whitney

John's drives by a Prudential office every day. He goes with A...

That's gonna be his final answer.

Right again! $2000!

For $4000:
7. What band did Paul McCartney form after the Beatles broke up?

A. BTO B. Wings
C. ELO D. Blue Oyster Cult

Before he guesses, he corrects Reege's pronunciation of ELO. That's an acronym, not a word.

Reege: "'scuse me, did I get that wrong?"
John: "You got- it's E-L-O. That stands for Electric Light Orchestra. But, uh..."
Reege: "Wait, let me get this straight. You're correcting the host."
John: "Yes sir, I am. Sorry, but that's..."
Reege: "How much money does that cost me? No, of course it's E-L-O; I was only kidding."

Anyways, John picks B...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And it's correct! $4000!

For $8000:
8. What is television chefs Emeril Lagasse's popular exclamation when adding more spices?

A. Brilliant!B. Bam!
C. Yesss!D. Presto!

No corrections needed here.

John chooses B...

And that's his final answer.

He knows his cooking! It's B! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. By definition, what is missing when a song is sung 'a cappella'?

A. Musical InstrumentsB. Rhythm
C. LyricsD. Melody

John quickly selects A...

Which is his final answer.

A capella is Italian for...

Without accompaniment! $16,000!


For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who heard the first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell on what is now known as the telephone?

A. Mr. LivingstonB. Mr. Wilson
C. Mr. WatsonD. Mr. Edison

After looking at the choices for a while, John goes with C...

For his final answer.

John can now use the telephone...

To call his parents and say...

That he's just won $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. What athlete has played in baseball's World Series and football's Super Bowl?

A. John ElwayB. Bo Jackson
C. Brian JordanD. Deion Sanders

John quickly eliminates A, since Elway never played pro baseball, and C, since Jordan's never played pro football.

He doesn't recall Bo Jackson ever making it to the World Series...

So he'll pick Deion Sanders. John chooses D...

And that's his final answer.

John says Deion played in the Super Bowl with the Cowboys...

And in the World Series with the Braves.

And he's right on both counts!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. What news program began as nightly coverage of the Iran hostage crisis?

A. 60 MinutesB. Face the Nation
C. 20/20D. Nightline

John quickly answers D...

For his final answer.

A and B are definitely wrong.

And since one show is more of a news magazine...

It would have to be...



Another record has been set! John LaMantia now holds the mark for keeping all 3 Lifelines intact the longest. Doug Van Gundy, the record holder, asked the audience on his $125K question. With all three Lifelines in hand, John looks poised to grasp the next rung of the money ladder.

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. Upon his marriage in 1999, what title was given to England's Prince Edward?

A. Earl of YorkB. Earl of Wessex
C. Earl of WindsorD. Earl of Sussex

It doesn't look like John is going to steamroll through this question. He's going to FINALLY burn a Lifeline. Hoping that one definitive answer will jump out, he'll take the 50:50.

OUTB. Earl of Wessex

OUTD. Earl of Sussex

John admits that he doesn't follow the doings of the royal family. Thinking this is more of a pop-culture issue, he'll throw this one to the tension-wraught audience.

OUTB. Earl of Wessex - 57%

OUTD. Earl of Sussex - 43%

The audience favors B, but barely. And John isn't convinced with a 14% spread. So, to clinch this question's status as a true stumper, he'll burn his final Lifeline and call someone. The question is, who's he gonna call?

And the first person to say "ghostbusters!" will be ordered out of the gene pool.

He needs someone who's up on current events...

The person who fits that role best seems to be John's father-in-law, Ben. Here's what they had to say, once all the obligatory stuff was done:

    John: "What do you think, Dad?"
    Ben: "Uh, I guess it's, uh, Sussex."
    John: "Sussex? Are you sure about that?"
    Ben: "Uh, not really."
    John: "OK. All right." (Burp burp)

So all three Lifelines are gone on one question. Neither the audience nor the phone-a-friend were decisive, and they both go in two different directions.

With $93,000 down the tubes if he's wrong, John is not going to take the risk. He's walking.
John LaMantia gets clocked on the thirteenth question, and takes home $125,000.

True to their form, the audience was right. The answer was B. Earl of Wessex.
(It still counts against them, since John didn't answer the question.)

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Ouch. All three Lifelines coming in doesn't mean a thing when they don't give you the answer. This might have been better suited even higher up. The only flaw John performed was using the 50:50 prior to asking the audience, but I doubt it would have made a difference in this case.


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