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Tvaruzka to appear on ‘Jeopardy’

April 2, 2012

Answer: Someone who enjoys trivia and mentally challenging himself. Question: What is a “Jeopardy” wannabe?

For many years, UW-Stout employee Michael Tvaruzka enjoyed playing along with the long-running TV game show. In December he went to Los Angeles to Sony Pictures studios and played for real.

A taped episode of “Jeopardy” with Tvaruzka as a contestant will be shown Wednesday on NBC. It can be seen locally at 4 p.m. on WEAU TV 13 of Eau Claire and at 4:30 p.m. on KARE 11 TV of Minneapolis.

Tvaruzka, who handles contracts and agreements for UW-Stout Research Services, can’t reveal how he fared but can say that the overall experience was everything he hoped it would be. “I was nervous about stage fright, but they did such a nice job of getting the contestants to relax. We had a great time,” said Tvaruzka, noting he and his wife turned the trip into a California vacation.

Tvaruzka, of Eau Claire, said when he watches “Jeopardy” on TV he often knows most of the answers, and that led him to try out. “I’m a good memorizer of arcane facts.”

Before he was selected last fall, Tvaruzka took a 50-question online test — 400,000 people a year take it but only 400 make it to the show — followed by another test and audition in Kansas City.

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