Leesburg librarian to appear on 'Jeopardy!'

Leesburg librarian to appear on 'Jeopardy!'

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For immediate release:  July 3, 2024
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Leesburg librarian to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’

Ken Jennings & Robert Voyles photo

           LEESBURG, FL - Patrons of the Leesburg Public Library may spot a familiar face while watching "Jeopardy!" next Thursday. Adult Services Librarian Robert Voyles will appear on the show on July 11.

          Voyles has been a lifelong watcher whose first memory of “Jeopardy!” is Ken Jennings’ inspirational 74-game winning streak. He said meeting Jennings was surreal. “People say never meet your hero but I’m so happy to have met one of mine. He is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and really seems to live for what he does.”

          The journey to the iconic quiz show was long for Voyles. He took the test several times and 18 months after his 2021 test he was contacted by “Jeopardy!” staff for an interview.  A couple weeks later he was told he had been selected to be a contestant. After several timing conflicts, including the screenwriters’ strike, he traveled to Los Angeles for the taping in May 2024.

          Voyles said he loves academic pursuits and studying and thought he would do well on the show. He is always encountering new information as part of his day-to-day activities at the library and used that as a way to prepare for his appearance. His coworkers also helped by doing things like asking him random questions throughout the day and making him a practice buzzer.

          His favorite part of the experience on “Jeopardy!” was his time in the studio interacting with other contestants. “The atmosphere of a bunch of ‘Jeopardy!’ nerds talking about the live show while it was going on and getting to meet new people was really cool.” Voyles noted that the filming itself was very nerve wracking.

          Contestants are advised to keep the results under wraps. Voyles said that people have been good about not pressuring him to tell what happened on his episode. He encourages those who ask to watch it on TV.

          His advice to anyone who may be thinking about auditioning for “Jeopardy!”? “I would just tell them to try out. There is more to it than knowing information, facts and trivia. I think people do it for the experience and I’m glad I did.” 

          “Jeopardy!” airs locally on weeknights at 7:00pm on ABC.


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