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Quinn’s quest a tremendous honor

May 8, 2019 10:01 pm

Question: James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, Austin Rogers and Julia Collins.

Answer: Who are the five biggest money winners in the history of “Jeopardy.”

“Jeopardy,” of course, is the durable TV game show that has been on the air for an amazing 55 years. Enter Connor Quinn, who wants to add his name to the list of “Jeopardy” immortals.

Quinn, a 2007 graduate of Cairo-Durham Central High School, will compete in tonight’s episode of “Jeopardy.”

For Quinn, 29, of Albany, it will be the fulfillment of a dream.

Quinn was selected to interview for the show in New York City in September, and was surprised to learn in February that he was one of 15 teachers in the United States chosen to compete in “Jeopardy”’s two-week 2019 Teachers Tournament. Quinn is an Advanced Placement World History teacher at Troy Prep School.

Connor Quinn truly beat the odds, his father, Kerry Quinn, said Tuesday.

“Eighty-thousand people apply for the show every year and only 400 people are selected,” Kerry Quinn said.

Connor Quinn has always a fan of the show for a variety of reasons.

“I’ve watched ‘Jeopardy’ forever,” Connor said. “Growing up I was good at knowing really random facts, which is good for those situations.”

His father agreed. “He was the type of kid that watched ‘Jeopardy,’” he said. “He told me there was a big difference between sitting on the couch and answering and actually standing there and pressing the buzzer.”

Connor Quinn enjoys going to trivia game nights, reading, sports and history.

“I’m interested in a lot of different things and my personality is all over the place,” Connor Quinn said. “You don’t need to know a ton about one thing; you need to know a little about a lot of different stuff.”

Connor Quinn’s “Jeopardy” appearance is already taped and will air at 7:30 tonight on Channel 10. Because of a standard nondisclosure agreement, Connor Quinn cannot discuss the outcome of the show with anyone.

“He is sworn to secrecy,” Kerry Quinn said Tuesday. “My wife and I are very proud of him and excited for him.”

We are also proud of him as we look forward to watching him tonight, pressing the buzzer and responding to answers with questions. When you look at the impact “Jeopardy” has had on our culture since 1964, Connor Quinn’s appearance is a tremendous honor for the Twin Counties.