What is persistence?
“Danger!” the contestant returned to reclaim her crown – 50 years later.
Player Martha Bath, who won the game show in 1972, returned to increase her winnings.
Bath told host Ken Jennings on Wednesday night’s edition, “Fifty years ago this spring, I was on the original daytime show with Art Fleming in New York.”
“In general, ‘Danger!’ Appearance is important to the client,” Jennings joked.
At one time, the now retired CPA ended up making $40 and a set of encyclopedias. Adjusted for inflation, $40 today equals about $283.
The Seattle, Washington native doubled his winnings by asking, “Perhaps the most famous photograph of him was taken in New Jersey in 1951, when he was annoyed by the paparazzi on his 72nd birthday.”
This made her the champion of the game show, and she replied, “Who is Einstein?”
As she wagered her entire prize pool, Bat’s account went from $15,400 to $30,800, and she was able to beat out former winners Emmett Stanton and Christopher Pennant.
“Or if we count 1972, $30,840,” Jennings joked. “It’s much more than a collection of encyclopedias.”
Bath also returned for Thursday’s episode but fell behind in the final game. She and her competitors, Michael Menhus and Linda Tsuboi, got the last question right.
The quiz said, “In 2011, Leland, Mississippi, where Jim Henson grew up, honored Henson and his stooges by renaming the bridge to this, as well as the title of the song.” Menhus and Bath both emerged victorious, answering “What is the Rainbow Connection?”
However, Menhus bet the most money and ended up winning.
Social media fans cheered online and applauded for Bath’s return.
one person wrote“Sad to see Emmett [Stanton] leaving Jeopardy so early, but Martha Bath is so helpful and really did a good job. Good for her!”
“Martha Bath got excited after winning Jeopardy!, about 50 years after appearing in Art Fleming’s version” – one said.
“I was shocked to learn that the woman who won just $40 and a set of encyclopedias on #Jeopardy 50 years ago is now a FLIPPIN’ CHAMPION! Congratulations to Martha Bath from Seattle, Washington. I take my hat off to you, ma’am – someone added.
Another wrote to Twitter, “Congratulations, Martha! Redemption 50 years later! Not only were you BRILLIANT, but you looked BRIGHT as you completed your quick trip around the sun!”