Law School alumnus Dan Pawson wins big on TV’s ‘2009 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions’By Sarah Galer
Dan Pawson, a 2006 Law School alumnus, won TV’s “2009 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions” in March, taking home $250,000.
Pawson earned a place in the Tournament of Champions by becoming the fifth most-winning participant in the history of “Jeopardy!”, accumulating $170,902 in a nine-day streak in 2008.
The 2009 Tournament of Champions served up a nail-biting finish when Pawson came from behind in the Final “Jeopardy!” round by correctly answering a question on British Royalty that the game leader got wrong: “Born in 1683, the second British king of this name was the last one not born in the British isles.” (Correct answer: “What is George?”)
Pawson said his three years at the Law School helped prepare him for his big win.
“In my Tournament of Champions semifinal, there was a category entirely about the World Court, which I swept, and in which I got a $5,000 Daily Double. I had taken three international law classes in law school, so I was about as prepared for that as I could possibly get.”
“It is to my everlasting shame that I answered six instead of the correct answer (seven). I just started counting them in my head—Congress, executive, judiciary, full faith and credit, supremacy, amendments—but the ratification article slipped my mind. I am never going to forgive myself for that.”
Also, George Beadle, who served as the University’s President in the 1960s, and who won a 1958 Nobel Prize for studying the genetics of bread mold, was featured in the finale’s Double “Jeopardy!” round.
Pawson, a legislative aide to Massachusetts state senator Bruce Tarr, plans to use his winnings to build up his down payment for a home, give to charity, pay off student loans and take a trip to Europe with his family.