Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Five Things I Learned as a Jeopardy! Contestant

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Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Your humble correspondent, Jeopardy! champ. - PHOTO BY GERALD METZ
  • Photo by Gerald Metz
  • Your humble correspondent, Jeopardy! champ.
I've been a Jeopardy! fan since the bushy-Trebek-mustache era, so I was pumped when my third attempt to get on the show finally paid off. I was a pretty successful contestant; going into Final Jeopardy, I even got to hear Alex Trebek utter the magic words: "But Andy Hermann could not be caught."

So yeah, for one game, I crushed it. My second game, not so much. The fatal blow came when I guessed Ajax instead of Achilles on a Greek literature "Daily Double" -- a $3,000 mistake. If only I had watched that crappy Brad Pitt Troy movie. I'll take Sour Grapes for $200, Alex!

Besides the difference between Ajax and Achilles, here are a few other things I learned en route to becoming a one-time Jeopardy! champion.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

  • illustration by Matt Mahurin
When it comes to headlines, it's hard to top the one that ran on the L.A. Weekly's cover Feb. 24, 2011: "Porn Machete Murder."

But really, what better title for the true tale of low-level porn actor Stephen Hill -- a "mope," in industry parlance -- who attacked his coworkers with a Japanese sword, then held the LAPD at bay for nearly eight hours by brandishing the same sword and threatening to kill himself? When the police finally moved in with tasers and bean-bags, Hill threw himself off the edge of a cliff, tumbling more than 30 feet to his death.

Hill's violent rampage left a studio manager wounded and a fellow mope -- Chinese-born Herbert Wong, aka Tom Dong -- dead.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What does it mean if your idea of heaven is to snuggle down in front of the TV and soak in an episode of 48 Hours Mystery or any other real-life crime show?

And what kind of person are you if you prefer the swashbuckling antics of David Caruso on a show such as CSI: Miami, or one of the other many crime dramas that clutter the airwaves?

The type of crime show you watch, according to researchers, may say a lot about your own fears and how you view the criminal justice system.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Will the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ever help resuscitate public access television in Los Angeles? It's a question public access advocates continue to put forward, although it seems to fall on deaf ears.

In response, public access TV producer Leslie Dutton, actor Ed Asner, and others have launched a web site for the Public - Television Industry Coalition, hoping to somehow force the politicians into action.

L.A. Weekly published a December, 2008, cover story about how local and state politicians essentially shut down public access TV in L.A.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

This photo at 'Bait Car's website is captioned "Lots of bracelets." - BAITCAR.COM
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  • This photo at 'Bait Car's website is captioned "Lots of bracelets."
Bait Car is a Los Angeles-based cable show that entices would-be suspects to essentially steal vehicles that are left parked in sometimes precarious situations with the keys inside.

In fact, that's what happened in San Francisco when a self-described do-gooder hopped into a car left blocking a lane with the engine running. Cullen Farrell grabbed the wheel and hit the gas to look for a proper spot, but by the time he had rounded the block, the po-pos had rolled up with cameras in-tow.

Farrel claims he's innocent. But the story's even more infuriating for the 32-year-old.

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