Contestant Interview with
"Rebecca 2003" of Millionaire
GSI: Have you ever tried out for any other game shows
Rebecca 2003: Yes, Jeopardy in the late
90's. I missed passing the 50-question test by 3 answers. It was an extremely
GSI: Is there another game show you'd like to try out
for next once you're eligible again?
Rebecca 2003: Wheel
of Fortune would be my next move (and probably will be). I've given thought to
trying Jeopardy again, but I doubt if Ken Jennings will ever lose.
GSI: What was your best and worse experience on
Rebecca 2003: Best was meeting the lovely
and talented Meredith Vieira...she is stunningly beautiful. Worst was having my
strategy for life-line use ruined by a question that I should have asked for clarification
GSI: Considering the
setting, which many find nervewracking, were you able to retain a clear mind once you
entered the studio to play the game?
Rebecca 2003: I was ok until I had to use my first
life-line earlier than I had planned. That truly shook my confidence. The set
itself is very disorienting to the senses. First, it's dark. Second, the
clear plexiglass-covered floor is bowl-shaped with mirror shards scattered on the bottom
and induces vertigo which is exacerbated by the fact that you are sitting on a tall
barstool. Third, it's cold. Fourth, you can hear the music buzzing in the back
of your head. Fifth, Meredith is lit up white-hot right across from you and she is
staring holes through you.
GSI: If you could do it all over again, starting back
at $0, with a fresh stack of questions, would you?
Rebecca 2003: Absolutely. I wish that could happen.
GSI: Do you have any
plans in mind for the $16,000 you won?
Rebecca 2003: I work for an airline that's in Chap 11 bankruptcy
and management has announced that it will no longer make payments to our pension plans.
That money is invested in an annuity.
GSI: Thanks a bunch for doing this interview! I