Bristol Borough resident Susan Jann wins big on Jeopardy!
BBucksLocalNews.com RISTOL BOROUGH – She stared directly into the camera, wide eyed and, from all appearances, barely breathing. But when Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek revealed Bristol Borough’s Susan Jann’s finaO -HRSaUGy anVwHU anG HxFOaLPHG, “YRu aUH FRUUHFt!” VhH OHt Rut a GHHS bUHath anG bURNH LntR a huge smile. Not only was Jann correct, she was the winner and $22,800 richer. Having answered a question abRut 19th FHntuUy LnvHntLRnV FRUUHFtOy – “What LV thH tHOHJUaSh?” – -ann tRSSOHG thH GHIHnGLnJ FhaPSLRn anG earned a second appearance on the hugely popular national game show which was scheduled to air Tuesday night after the paper’s deadline.
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Prior to the show, which was taped in early September, Jann wouldn’t reveal her success to anyone – family LnFOuGHG. -ann, whR LV a VHnLRU RSHUatLRnV FRRUGLnatRU anG a 1998 CRunFLO RRFN HLJh JUaGuatH, waV JuaUantHHG at OHaVt $1,000, thH SULzH awaUGHG tR thH VhRw’V thLUG-SOaFH finLVhHU.
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Jann, who works for International SOS in Trevose, has aOwayV HnjRyHG tULvLa. WhLOH a VtuGHnt at CRunFLO RRFN VhH SaUtLFLSatHG Ln thH SFhROaUV BRwO. $nG VhH GRHV QuLzzR every week.
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That’s an accomplishment in itself. Of the thousands who apply annually to be on the show, only a couple of hundred make it on TV.
But the odds never deterred Jann, whose lifelong dream waV tR bH Rn thH SRSuOaU TuLz VhRw.
On a whim, Jann took the contestant’s test in February 2011. About a month later, she received en email inviting her to a personal audition and in April 2011 she traveled to 1Hw YRUN CLty, fiOOHG Rut VRPH SaSHUwRUN, SaUtLFLSatHG Ln an interview with a producer and took part in a mock game.
Sixteen months later, in August 2012 she received a call inviting her to be a contestant on the show. 2I FRuUVH, hHU anVwHU waV a UHVRunGLnJ “YHV!” ShH flHw Rut tR CaOLIRUnLa Ln HaUOy SHStHPbHU tR SaUtLFLSatH Ln thH VhRw’V taSLnJ, HnjRyHG Vunny SRuthHUn CaOLIRUnLa anG JRt tR PHHt thH VhRw’V hRVt, $OHx TUHbHN, “whLFh waV NLnG RI nHat,” VhH VaLG.
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“EvHUybRGy waV vHUy nLFH. 1Rt RnOy GLG thH FRntHVtant coordinators really support you and really want you to win, but aOO thH RthHU FRntHVtantV GLG tRR. ,t waV juVt an aPazLnJ HxSHULHnFH,” VhH VaLG.
WaV VhH nHUvRuV? “, waV thH PRVt nHUvRuV whHn , haG to talk to Alex, because that’s just me kind of spewing off vHUbaO whatHvHU at hLP.”
SR what’V nHxt IRU -ann nRw that VhH haV IuOfiOOHG hHU OLIHORnJ GUHaP?
“That waV Py HntLUH buFNHt OLVt. , GRn’t NnRw what ,’P JRLnJ tR GR,” VhH OauJhV. “, havH tR FRPH uS wLth VRPHthLnJ nHw anG HxFLtLnJ.”
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek with Susan Jann of Bristol Borough.