Neu ‘Jeopardy!’Champ won more than the $40 and a set of Encyclopedias she took home in her first game 50 years ago

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Many people yearn to compete. Jeopardy! For one contestant from the game show’s current season, that dream became a reality—twice! Martha Bath first appeared on the original version 50 years ago. 

She Competed on the Original Competition ‘Jeopardy!’50 Years Ago

Bath, a retired CPA from Seattle, Washington, got to share her story during the Q&A segment of the show. It all started when Ken Jennings said, “This is not your first rodeo.”Bath revealed then her connection to Jeopardy!.

“That is correct,”She replied. “Fifty years ago this spring, I was on the original daytime show with Art Fleming in New York. I won $40 and a set of encyclopedias, and I still have them.”Jennings jokingly joked then. “You still have the encyclopedias—or the $40? We’re gonna send you home with more than $40 tonight.”

Jeopardy’s Original Run With Art Fleming

Jeopardy! It has been around for a long time. It first aired on NBC on March 30, 1964. The show was hosted by Art Fleming, and ran until January 3, 1975. Fleming returned as host and the game show was revived in 1978. 

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Version of Jeopardy! The show that many people love today was created by Alex Trebek in 1984. Trebek hosted the show from 1984 to 2020. However, he still recorded episodes prior to his passing. Bath might finally be able return to the show with Ken Jennings hosting.

Martha Bath Wins Big in Her Second Go Round

Bath may have returned home with only $40 and a pair of encyclopedias, but her second performance earned her some significant winnings. Bath won first place over Emmett Stanton, a returning champion, and Christopher Pennant, a sports journalist. 

After wagering $15,400, she entered Final Jeopardy. However, she correctly answered the last question. Bath’s total winnings came out to $30,800. Or, Jennings joked: “If we count 1972, $30,840.”

Fans Jeopardy!We were delighted to see someone familiar with the original series return. “I was blown away to hear that a woman who only won $40 and a set of encyclopedias 50 years ago on #Jeopardy is now the FLIPPIN’ CHAMPION!”One fan tweeted. “My hat’s off to you, ma’am.” Bath’s successful second run on Jeopardy! just goes to show that it’s never too late to try again! 

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