Wednesday, December 01, 2004
My Life's [on] Jeopardy
I see that Ken "The Amazing Brain" Jennings, age 30, has finally been unseated as the reigning champion on Jeopardy. I admit that I haven't followed Jennings' appearances on the show.
There are some in the world who dislike Jennings simply because he is successful. Anything negative I've heard about this man have been made up complaints regarding a "smug smile" or some other idiotic fault-finding.
The truth: He's smart, he's friendly, and now he's rich.
Yes, that's right. So to the whiners out there, read closely:
I admire people who seize upon opportunities to use their talents for good. Jennings won over $2.5 million. One million of that will, sadly, be gobbled up by taxes. Approximately $250,000 will be donated to Jennings' church. The remaining money he plans to invest and put away for another time, and he will undoubtedly continue to use this money for the benefit of others.
This man is incredibly smart. Smarter than you.
And now, he's incredibly rich. Yes, richer than you.
Get over your jealousy.
This money has not and will not change his lifestyle:
My father-in-law was recently on a Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. If you've ever flown Southwest, you know that they are the bargain-basement of airfares. As part of their efficient operation, assigned seats are not provided. You simply show up early and get the best seat you can find.
Well, my father-in-law was waiting for his flight to leave, reading, when Ken Jennings sat down next to him--in the middle seat. They chatted, Jennings was extremely gracious, and even agreed to autograph a business card for my mother-in-law (who has watched Jennings since he first appeared in June).
The fact that Jennings flew coach on Southwest impresses me almost as much as his knowledge of the world, for apparently that knowledge includes an understanding of wealth. You don't stay wealthy by spending money. Jennings knows that he won't often have another 70 opportunities to make $40,000 in 20 minutes.
So to those who dislike Jennings, I now implore you to stop your whining. The reason behind your whining is obvious: you are jealous of his success. Realize that he is smarter than you, and move on with your life.
With that, I return to my capitalist endeavors.