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December 10, 2009

Geisinger biomedical engineer wins on 'Jeopardy!'

LEWISBURG — Jove Graham, a Geisinger biomedical engineer, has admittedly had a lot of proud moments in his life, but none has been so public as Wednesday night’s appearance on the national TV quiz show, “Jeopardy!”, in which he won $34,401 and wrested the championship away from a formidable opponent who had won five days in a row.

Watching and cheering the Lewisburg resident’s every move — and booing his opponent’s correct answers — were about 75 guests, neighbors, colleagues and friends, who watched the show on a large projection screen in a classroom at Bucknell University’s Dana Engineering Building.

When he answered the last question, the “Final Jeopardy” answer, correctly to win the game, the Bucknell audience stood up, exploded with cheers and gave Graham a standing ovation.

“Watching yourself on TV is a weird experience,” said Graham, 35, who by contract was not allowed to tell anyone what happened when the show was taped in November in Hollywood. “I can’t tell you how many people have asked me how I did on the show,” he added with a wink and a smile.

“I just tell them to watch. And I say that I was proud of how I did.”

Graham said the entire experience of being on the show was “crazy, wonderful and nerve-racking. It’s an intense situation. You fly out to California for two days, they tape five shows a day. You don’t know which show you will be on. You sit in the green room with other contestants, and then they call your name. Fifteen minutes later, you are on the soundstage, and the show begins.”

Graham thanked his wife, Donna, for putting up with him in the month before the taping. “I would watch ‘Jeopardy!’ and play along with the contestants. I would read books by people who appeared on the show. This has been a long-term goal of mine, to be on the show.”

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