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Tacoma attorney competes on ‘Jeopardy’ Wednesday

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
September 26, 2012 3:09 pm

"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek with Tacoma attorney Mike Malaier (Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc. )

Wednesday update: Tonight’s show will be on KOMO-TV (4) at 7:30 p.m.

Tacoma attorney Mike Malaier will compete on an episode of “Jeopardy” on Wednesday. For now, he can’t reveal whether he was a one-shot wonder or the next Ken Jennings.

“I’m definitely on tomorrow and what happens after that I’m not supposed to talk about.

Malaier is a Tacoma bankruptcy attorney. I asked him if that would make it doubly embarrassing if he had gone bankrupt playing Jeopardy.

“Yes, it would have. I never even put the two together until now.”

The 34-year-old is engaged to be married and has an identical twin brother, Bill, who is also a bankruptcy lawyer. They grew up in Federal Way and attended Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Today, Malaier lives near Stadium High School.

Malaier went to Los Angeles in July to tape the show after taking an online quiz. “I took it truly on a whim,” he said.

He hadn’t seen the show in years but was a fan as a kid when he and his brother would compete against each other.

The trip to Southern California was a whirlwind of sights and activity.

“It was crazy, but it was so much fun.”

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