Watch AP History teacher Colby Burnett as he competes Monday in the Tournament of Champions.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Fenwick High School teacher Colby Burnett says he's still the same guy after winning Jeopardy!, plans to buy mom Oak Park condo.
Colby Burnett was all smiles upon winning his final television appearance on the Jeopardy! Teacher's Tournament on Nov. 20. The Fenwick High School AP World History Teacher and alum of the school was actually back at home. "The show shoots way ahead of time," Burnett said. "When I got back from California [where the show is shot], all my students were like, 'did you win?'" Burnett had, of course, won the Jeopardy! Teacher's Tournament and $100,000 in prize money, but he had to wait until last Tuesday to share his excitement with students, friends and family. Get breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook for more news: "You'd be surprised what you can keep a secret with $100,000 on the line," Burnett laughed. Winning the Teacher's …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Fenwick High School teacher Colby Burnett takes part in Jeopardy Teacher's Edition.
Being an AP World History teacher has to give you a certain leg up on a show like Jeopardy! It appears it was helpful for Fenwick High School AP World History teacher Colby Burnett, who won the game on Friday, Nov. 16. Burnett, also a graduate of Fenwick, appeared on the game show as part of Jeopardy! Teacher's Edition. The two-week long competition is billed as, "the country's brightest educators," engaged in a battle of wits. According to the Chicago Tribune, Burnett won't be keeping the money he wins as a contestant on the show—he'll be giving it to his mom! Burnett plans to move his mom, who currently lives in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, back to Oak Park. It's the least he can do, Burnett told the Tribune, after his mom worked the …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tune in Friday as Marion Baumgarten takes on one of America's best game shows.
We caught up with River Forest's Marion Baumgarten, 51, for a few quick questions about her appearance on Jeopardy! The episode is scheduled to air 3:30 p.m. Friday on Ch. 7 WLS-TV. About 22 years. I'm an HR evaluator, and work in the city. Sorry, I promised I wouldn't say anything in advance, you'll have to watch. I was less nervous than I expected. The whole taping goes by very quickly... I've been a fan for a long time — since Alex Trebek took over as host. About 10 years ago. I was called for auditions 4 times. The last one was the charm. Watched the show mainly. The buzzers are very reliable. They are tested several times during the show. If you buzz into soon, you are locked out for a fraction of a second. I go with age and …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Legendary a capella chorus brings show to River Forest campus.
River Forest, along with a national television audience, have now been Whiffenpoofed. The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University's legendary a cappella singers, arrived in town recently and geared up for Tuesday's performance at Concordia University. All 14 of the group's singers are staying at the River Forest home of member Daniel Turcza, where on Monday night they gathered in the basement to watch a taped performance of NBC's The Sing-Off. "It's a pretty surreal experience," said Turcza, a 2007 graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School. The group was monitoring feedback to their performance in real time on a vareity of social networks, where reactions to the show — part Glee, part American Idol — were a mixed bag. "There's people who love…