Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, December 14, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: AMERICAN AUTHORS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Nominated 8 previous times, he finally won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, 6 years before his death
(correct response beneath the contestants)
On yesterday’s program, Cindy Stowell won $22,801. She had pledged to donate all of her winnings to cancer research. Unfortunately, Cindy passed away on December 5; she had competed on the show with stage IV cancer. Her friends and family will also appreciate donations on her behalf to the Cancer Research Institute. Many fans are watching the show and electing to donate $1 for each correct response they give while playing at home, an idea come up with by Chelsea Cohen, one of tomorrow’s contestants!
|Edward Montiel, an astonomer from San Jose, California
||Susanna Barron, a law student from Greenwich, Connecticut
||Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $22,801)
Who is John Steinbeck?
I always was under the impression that Nobel Prize nominations were kept under wraps. However, apparently this information is just kept secret for 50 years after the award is given.
Thus, in January 2013, the candidate longlist was released by the Nobel Committee for the 1962 prize. The candidates consisted of Steinbeck, English poet Robert Graves, French dramatist Jean Anouilh, British writer Lawrence Durrell, and Danish author Karen Blixen (who died in September of that year). None of the non-winning shortlisted authors that year ever won the Prize.
John Steinbeck had also been nominated in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961.
Please remember, that if you were touched by Cindy’s story, that donations in her memory to the Cancer Research Institute would be greatly appreciated by her family.
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