Answering the Right Questions

Learn this week about resident David Cuneo's past appearance on Jeopardy and what you don't see on the show.
Learn this week about resident David Cuneo’s past appearance on Jeopardy and what you don’t see on the show.

by Christopher Taydus

Did you know that when Jeopardy! began in 1964, clue values in the first round ranged from $10 to $50 as opposed to the $200 to $1000 that they are now? That would have definitely made Brad Rutter’s $4,355,102 record breaking cumulative total a little more difficult to achieve, and it probably wouldn’t have allowed resident David Cuneo to win as much as he had either. 

David Cuneo is the reigning Jeopardy! Seniors Tournament champion and helps to run Oak Crest’s own game show, Mind Over Memory. Cuneo’s involvement in his school’s “It’s Academic” team and his immense knowledge of history were a large part in his decision to try out for Jeopardy! in 1995.

“There were a lot of advertisements for Jeopardy testing back then and I had tried out three different times over a four year span,” Cuneo said. “The first tests I went to were out in Atlantic City; it was a long drive and after the first couple times I didn’t pass, I didn’t try out again until they eventually tested in Baltimore.”

After Cuneo appeared in what would become the final Jeopardy Seniors tournament, he also appeared in the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions in the show’s 13th season.

But how much did David win and what did he do with his winnings? Josh Runkles took the opportunity to sit down with David for an updated interview about his time on Jeopardy, how he got to the famous podium, and what Alex Trebek is really like. To find out these important answers, be sure to check out the interview when it airs on Monday, April 4th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will also be available the following day at

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