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Madison's first lady of TV quiz shows
Courier Staff Report
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 10:00 AM
Madison resident India Cooper with a photo of herself with JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek taken when she first appeared on the show in 1992. (2013 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
Madison's India Cooper would be considerably wealthier today had she known that John Quincy Adams' wife, Louisa, was the only foreign-born first lady.
Cooper, a contestant on the JEOPARDY! Battle of the Decades tournament, was eliminated Monday night when she failed to answer the Final Jeopardy answer correctly.
Cooper originally appeared on the game show in 1992. The Battle of the Decades brings back winners from the 1980s to the present.
Cooper started Monday's the contest slowly, but steadily gained on her two opponents - all winners from the 1980s and 1990s.
When it was time for the final question, Cooper had the lead with $18,500. Her opponents had $16,700 and $3,200.
Cooper wagered $16,500. Her closest opponent wagered $16,700 - all of his earnings. She finished with $2,000. The winner finished with $33,400. Had she answered the question correctly, Cooper would have won the game. Instead, she finished third.
By the way, Cooper's incorrect answer to the Final Jeopardy question ... Madison.
India Cooper for $1,000
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