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Norwich woman to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’

  • Susan J. White, of Norwich, Vt., is a contestant on the TV game show "Jeopardy" with host Alex Trebek. (Courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/9/2019 10:20:59 PM
Modified: 10/9/2019 10:20:50 PM

NORWICH — For the last six years, Susan White has taken the online quiz to qualify to be a contestant on Jeopardy!, never thinking she would be selected to appear on the popular quiz show.

But this year the retired history professor’s persistence paid off. White, of Norwich, will appear on an episode set to air Friday.

“It’s a really nice mix of trivia, and I love trivia stuff. I have a head full of useless knowledge and I can finally put it to good use,” White, 70, said with a laugh.

For White’s appearance, the Norwich Public Library will host a viewing party that White plans to attend. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Check local listings for airitimes.

White is the second contestant with Upper Valley ties on the game show this year. Gabe Brison-Trezise, a Hanover High School graduate, was a contestant last month.

Brison-Trezise’s stint on the show was brief but memorable — he won one episode, but in doing so he ended the 19-day streak of James Zuffranieri, who finished with the third-highest regular-season winnings in the show’s history.

After she finished the online quiz, Jeopardy! officials reached out to White to audition in Boston in April, and she found out in June that she was selected.

White can’t say how her time on the show turned out until it airs, but she did say Friday’s appearance was filmed in Los Angeles in August.

“It was kind of a whirlwind,” she said of the taping. “It was a real workout. It was a real challenge.”

She said she was most confident about her knowledge of geography, history and literature — “those kinds of old humanities things” — but was worried about pop culture questions.

“I couldn’t pick a Kardashian out of a lineup,” White said. “I knew if I got a lot of those, I’d be in a lot of trouble.”

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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