I actually followed the original Ken thread on SDMB fairly closely. I was debating whether to start this thread here or add it to that one.
Okay, on with today’s Jennings answers.
Q: Does Ken have photographic memory.
A: He claims not to, but admits to being able to easily remember things he finds interesting. The secret to his success, I suppose, is being interested in one helluvalot of things.
Ken sometimes refers to himself as an absent-minded professor. One day, after kicking some serious Jeopardy butt, Ken couldn’t remember where he parked his car.
Q: Cousin “D.”, are you as smart as Ken?
A: I wish. (“D.” is studying to become an aerospace engineer.)
Q: What is Ken’s weakness?
A: While he has missed some Geography questions, Ken says his big weakness is cars (witness the parking incident:)). When he copped to this during his appearance on Leno, he said “I hope the writers for Jeopardy aren’t watching”, to which Jay offered to help him bone up on his car knowledge (Jay being a notorious car buff).
Ken’s other weakness, his bane since Junior High, is Home Economics. He never scored higher than a C+.
Q: Does Ken speak Korean (or any other language)
A: According to cousin “D.”, although Ken did spend some time out of the country (Ken’s dad worked as a lawyer for software company Oracle) the only language “D.” is sure Ken speaks is spanish, as he spent 2 years in Spain as an adult. Ken might know a little korean or chinese (from singapore).
Misc: During the original streak, Ken had not anticipated such unprecedented success. Since each show airs on a different day Ken had to change clothes between each show. He neglected to pack enough changes of clothing, so his wife ended up running around town trying to find the appropriate attire in time for the beginning of the next episode.
Ken has an adopted little sister (from Korea? I may have mis-heard “D.” on this) who recently got married. “D.” says Jeopardy films one week of shows each day, and thus Ken’s 8 week run (approximately) took about 2 weeks to film. For us it was an amazing 2 month run, but for Ken it was 2 weeks of great Jeopardy followed by months of waiting for the shows to air, followed by weeks of insane publicity.
The following is speculation, based on incomplete information, on how long the “Ken 2: Electric Boogaloo” streak might last. If you want to have fun watching Ken this season, DON’T READ this:
“D.” is unsure, but thinks Ken may still be away filming Jeopardy. Based on this, I make the wild-assed guess that he will win for at least 5 more weeks, as it was last week when he first told me Ken had been back to film this season. 5 days of filming per week, one week of shows per day, makes 5 weeks. Straighter dope to follow.
Now, lets see if I can keep this up without “G.” or “D.” becoming suspicious.
“Wow, NPC, every time we see you, all you want to talk about is Ken. What’s up?”