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Jennifer Holtz; Temple Run Victor; Season 1; Galileo's Cannonball

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Webmaster : In your episode, what do you think "figuring it out on the fly" means as, Kirk refers to it a lot. 

Jennifer: Thinking on our feet. Answering questions and winning obstacles as we go along.

 Webmaster : Was the temple run rigged so you guys would win?

Jennifer: Actually never thought of it that way. Believe it or not, the little elevator lift got stuck when John was taking and they had to stop had filming to fix it!

 Webmaster : How did you feel about winning a telescope on an episode about Galileo?

Jennifer: To be honest, its still sitting in a closet in the back of the house. I remembered trying to use it, but it was bigger than I was and I had a hard time carrying it outside!

Webmaster : What was it like behind the scenes since, it was the first taped episode? How long did it take to shoot and were you the only episode that day?

Jennifer: The episode took over 12 hours to film. I remember being their first thing in the morning til well after midnight! They were taping three or four other episodes, so there was a lot of waiting around. Behind the scenes was fun, but I think I was so nervous and preoccupied with how overwhelming everything was that I didnít pay too much attention!

Webmaster : What did and does it mean for you to be part of the episode that started the craze that is Legends of the Hidden Temple?

Jennifer: It was a lot of fun. I was really glad to be a part of it.

Webmaster : What are you studying/majoring in?

Jennifer: 2nd year in Law school.

Webmaster : What was the best part of the Legends experience to you?

Jennifer: It was like a huge playground. Really fun to meet everyone else and see the behind the scenes.

Webmaster : Anything else about your Legends experience you wanna tell us?

Jennifer: It was a long tine ago, more than 13 years, so I am probably forgetting a lot!

Click here to see screen shots of her episode!

Below is a segment of the  article that her school paper wrote about her experience. Or Click Here to read it all

Old-school kids' shows resurrect fond memories

Alex Shebar

Posted: 9/29/05

Jennifer Holtz is a legend among legends.

The second-year Syracuse University law student may seem like just your run-of-the-mill hard working scholar; yet in reality she withholds a fascinating and, more importantly, televised past.

The Orlando, Fla. native and once aspiring actress became the envy of millions of cable-watching kids when she moonlighted as half of the first team ever to win "Legends of the Hidden Temple" on Nickelodeon - a stunning accomplishment, considering that out of the 120 episodes produced, there were only 32 winners.

"I won a trip to the Bahamas and a telescope that's sitting in my back room but has never been used," Holtz said. "It was a brand-new show, so they hadn't even started airing it yet. I remember there were technical difficulties as my partner was going through the temple and he was on an elevator and it stopped, and they had to shut it down and fix it and start again, but it was a lot of fun."

"Legends" was just one of the many Nickelodeon shows Holtz is connected to. She tried out for the extreme game show "GUTS," and made it through two interview rounds involving dirt biking and an obstacle course before failing at the swimming portion. Her Nick stint continued when she participated in a skit on "All That," where she had to shampoo a foreigner named Ishboo, played by "Fat Albert" star Keenan Thompson, for his birthday.

These shows were just a small portion of the lineup that Nickelodeon provided for kids approximately ages seven to 15 around a decade ago, and have since become an endless source of nostalgia for college students. It's a common occurrence to hear a group of students talking about how they actually looked forward to staying in on Saturday night to watch the "SNICK" lineup of Nickelodeon shows. For this reason, DVD sales for shows like "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" or "Clarissa Explains It All" have done very well, said Robert Thompson, director of the Center for Popular Television at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

"You always have a certain affinity to the programming you watch from the age of six," Thompson said, "where your consciousness is formed, until high school, and anything that comes after that will be positioned in your psyche in a different way."

Nickelodeon shows do seem to hold a certain place in many college students' hearts. Whether it's the amusement from the cartoons the channel produced (commonly referred to as "Nicktoons"), like the teen-angst "Doug," the out-of-control "Ren and Stimpy" or the amazing kid-friendly game shows like "Wild and Crazy Kids" and "Double Dare," Nickelodeon offered something for everyone. It might be because of this that the Old School Nickelodeon Club on has over 1,400 members, one of the biggest groups on the Web site.

"I'm happy so many people like old school Nickelodeon because it's so classic," said Hannah Lavon, the club's founder and a senior advertising and design major. "I like to talk about (Nickelodeon), and I felt it had to have a kind of representation on the Facebook, but I had no idea it was going to be over 1,000 people. I guess there are a lot more cool people at Syracuse than I thought."

"The genius of Nickelodeon is that they figured a couple things out," Thompson said. "They knew that especially among the very young, it was the parent that chose to turn on the TV, so Nickelodeon came up with a program that would appeal to their targets and the parents. They had shows that were cool enough that even the older sibling would watch."

Here are some Screen Grabs from Jennifer's Episode!


(Here is the Temple Run!)