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March 4, 2016

A conversation with Fritz Holznagel, winner of
the 1995 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

During a trip to Boston a few weeks ago, I met up with Fritz Holznagel, the winner of the 1995 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. We spoke at length about his Jeopardy! experience, his buzzer research, and his career as a writer.

Here, I’m proud to present the finished product. (Click here if the embedded video doesn’t load.)

I’ve split our conversation into three videos:

  • Part 1: on his various Jeopardy! experiences
  • Part 2: on his buzzer research and strategy
  • Part 3: on his career as a technical writer

If you haven’t seen the video in which Fritz demonstrates various buzzing techniques, be sure to check it out.

  1. I should write about my tryout experiences. 7 tests, 5 auditions, going back to the late 80s
    I remember taking the test in LA with 70 people and they called 4 (four) names – the rest of us just went home (I lived in Colorado, what a let down)
    Lots of useful and entertaining information, thanks to both of you

  2. @ldfahrni, agreed: there was something cheerfully brutal about the in-person audition system. One of my tryouts was in LA and my flight was late and there was a huge rental car line and I ended up dashing across town to get there *just* in time… took the test and they didn’t call my name. Then you’re back out on the street, blinking in the California sunshine and wondering which questions you missed.

What do you think?