JEOPARDY! CLUE CREW MEMBER JIMMY McGUIRE

The famed Jeopardy! Clue Crew

The famed Jeopardy! Clue Crew

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I have long been convinced that Daniel Vaughn has the best job ever. (Well not that long, considering his position is barely a year old.) The man has two requirements: eat barbecue, write about it. That’s it. He doesn’t have to drudge through boring meetings or dress up in fancy clothes every morning. He eats barbecue, he writes about it and repeats the cycle throughout the year. It just may be the perfect occupation.

Yet, flying under the radar in the race for most desirable profession is that of the title of Jeopardy! Clue Crew member. For years, I thought they stationed the enthusiastic clue crew members in front of green screens while they mimicked the awe one would be struck by at Mount Rushmore or the Pyramids of Giza. It didn’t seem possible that traveling around the world and reading Jeopardy! clues could be an actual, full-time gig. So I decided to get in contact with Jimmy McGuire (pictured above), who has been a clue crew member since the group’s inception in 2001. Like myself, he’s a Pittsburgh native and Ohio University graduate. But unlike myself, he has traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 countries spreading the Gospel of Trebek. Traveling the world, reading clues, being a domestic ambassador for the game show – these are some of Jimmy McGuire’s job requirements and I will never cease to be jealous of them.

We talked about the inner workings of Jeopardy!, how the hell he got this position, what his role really is and what he calls Alex Trebek. (Hint: it’s great.) I was looking to find out some grimy details about Jeopardy!, that his job really isn’t as fun as it seems. Turns out, it’s even better. Look out, Vaughn. You’ve got some competition.

The day is mine! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6KOc_vVmSM]

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MAY MOVIE PREVIEW: THERE WILL BE SUPERHEROES

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May is the new July, which used to be the new June, which is now the old September, which has become the present November in the movie world. In short, it kicks off the summer blockbuster season, which will be filled with more heroes of the super variety brooding, slashing, spinning and flying across movie theaters. Another Spiderman flick hits theaters at the beginning of the month, Godzilla (a pretty super fella, despite not being human) is back from touring with the off-Broadway production of The Producers, and the X-Men back are back in The X-Men College Reunion Goes Wild.

Anthony and Adam take stock of a very promising month of movies and talk about which ones they are most likely to see.

OPENING MAY 2

The Amazing Spiderman 2

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmaI1nInDOs]

OPENING MAY 9

Neighbors

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAwhQZ8O0A4]

Chef

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu85WQTPRc]

OPENING MAY 16

Godzilla

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgFws3AoIUY]

Million Dollar Arm

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiC8o7i_ZqE]

OPENING MAY 23

X-Men: Days of Future Past

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsjtg7m1MMM]

OPENING MAY 30

Maleficent

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-XO4XiRop0]

A Million Ways to Die in the West

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXxqG4aqwY4]