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|Erin Bowers, a patent examiner from Washington, DC
||Kent Buxton, a medical student from Kansas City, MO
||Doug Behrend, a college professor from Fayetteville, AR (1-day total: $16,401)
I was excited when I saw WAYS TO GET TO FIRST BASE because baseball categories are awesome! I was thus very disappointed when only four of the five clues were played!
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: TEXTILES
Final Jeopardy! clue: In 1939 this new product was touted as being strong as steel, fine as a spider’s web & more elastic than natural fibers
What is nylon?
Kent 11400 + 11398 = 22798
Doug 15000 + 7900 = 22900
Erin 18000 + 12001 = 30001 (1-day total: $30,001)
DuPont regained control of nylon’s publicity on 27 October 1938, when it officially introduced the stockings to a crowd of 4,000 enthusiastic middle-class women at the future site of the New York World’s Fair. But while the excitement was building, the stockings themselves would not become commercially available for another 18 months. At that point the only women who could experience the stockings firsthand either worked for DuPont or were married to DuPont scientists in the nylon division. A limited supply of the first pairs went on sale in Wilmington, Delaware, in October 1939, but the stockings did not reach the national market until 15 May 1940. Offered at $1.15 a pair, they were sold out at most locations by noon. In 1940 DuPont produced 2.6 million pounds of nylon, making a total sales figure of $9 million; the following year the company sold $25 million worth of nylon yarn. Within two years of nylon’s introduction DuPont had captured an astonishing 30% of the full-fashioned hosiery market.
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