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Tacoma’s Malaier goes bankrupt on ‘Jeopardy’

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
September 27, 2012 8:43 pm

Tacoma bankruptcy attorney Mike Malaier’s profession hit close to home on “Jeopardy” Thursday night. The 34-year-old went home after going into the red on the long-running game show.

At the top of the show host Alex Trebek said Malaier and his two fellow contestants on Wednesday’s show were very proud that they couldn’t come up with the final answer of Beavis and Butt-Head.

“I think that made me feel good,” Trebek said.

Malaier ended Wednesday night’s show with $8,100 but got off to a slow start on Thursday with only a couple of correct questions before the first commercial break.

In the second segment Trebek introduced Malaier with, “He’s from Tacoma, Washington – not Washington, D.C.” Then Trebek said Malaier had an unsettling connection with the capital city.

When he was in high school, Malaier said, a man in a vehicle behind his told him to pull over because Malaier’s beater was about to break down. The good samaritan put on his scrubs and went to work on Malaier’s vehicle.

“I find out 15 years later it was the D.C. sniper,” Malaier said.

Malaier had a chance to identify the Snake River as the border between Idaho from Oregon but named the Columbia River instead. It went downhill from there.

He correctly answered a question on perfume but confused rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun with nuclear physicist Edward Teller which sent him $400 into the red.

By the end of the show Malaier dropped to $2,800 in the red, making him ineligible for the final question. Trebek sent him home with $1,000 and Wednesday’s earnings.

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