That guy who won the “Jeopardy!” This week is familiar with the TV quiz, which probably includes Lawrence “Skip” Long linking to the local area, including working for the Pilot Mountain business. Because it is.
“I always knew he was really smart,” said Scott Kneedam, owner of the Living Room Coffee House and Wine Bar on East Main Street, about his relationship with Long.
“He’s always very smart,” Niedam added on Wednesday, but he never came up with the idea that Long, who lives in East Bend, would be a long-term TV show contestant.
“Now it makes a lot of sense.”
Long was the winner of “Jeopardy!” Participating in the show on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday night and Thursday night earned a total of $ 74,792 in three days. These games were actually recorded in November and are currently being broadcast. The final result of running Long will not be published until the course is run.
He turned over three-day champion Emma Salzberg in Brooklyn on his first appearance on Monday. Long is billed at the show as a nursing student and as an uncle “at home” for his sister’s daughter.
Many people in the area who know Long are tuned daily for a show that airs on Channel 2 (WFMY) at 7:30 pm.
Niedham, a member of the Pilot Mountain Commission, said Nicky Farrington, who also worked at the coffee house and wine bar in the living room, was informed that Long had appeared on a television show.
“He was one of our first employees,” Needham said with Farrington.
“We hired him because he had a lot of knowledge about wine and was a sommelier (a trained wine expert),” recalled a man from Pilot Mountain. “And it was really beneficial because we had a wine bar.”
According to Needam, the Pilot Mountain project worked for several years before it was closed.
“He was a really smart person,” he said in other areas as well as wine.
Long has a little show business talent translated into a TV screen this week.
“I have a theatrical background, and he does, so we really beat it,” Niedham observed on that side.
“He is a member of Winston’s improvisational group, Bank Cardog.”
For a long time, I also loved enjoying an open mic night at The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar.
“He was always up and singing,” Niedam said. Long delighted a lot of people with the funny songs he chose. “They were just cheerful.”
A Pilot Mountain man who is still in contact with Long pointed out that his father was a lawyer and he “comes from a fairly intelligent family.”
It’s interesting to see him on stage at Alex Trebek in the bright light of Sony Pictures Studios in California this week, Kneedam said.
“It was a little fun to meet him,” he revealed.
“He had a kind of Alex Trebek mustache,” Niedam explained, referring to a longtime host of the show who died in 2020, saying Long was usually shaving cleanly.
“I wondered if he did it for the show (has hair on his face).”
The last local to splash “Jeopardy!”. Hunter Appler, who won six games in 2016, later participated in tournaments that won more than five times.
Appleler is a graduate of Mount Airy High School and is the son of Dr. Mark and Kate Appleler.
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