Thursday, September 29, 2016
It's for a good cause
The latest contestant on the show probably won't hurt those numbers. Fr. Bill Matheny, a priest from West Virginia, has made it up the money tree to a quarter-million. He knew the first name of Whistler's mother, in case you were interested. The padre has not been a quiet and restrained contestant. He specializes in jumping around the studio after each correct answer, as this video shows.
Maybe Hellevator, which is highlighting the seven deadly sins in its new season, would hector him about greed - the sin, not the late, lamented game show. But Fr. Matheny has pledged a lot of the winnings to his old grade school, named after (of all people) St. Francis of Assisi. I wonder how Francis would have done on Millionaire. I get the feeling he would have bombed out before five grand. Just not his thing.
UPDATE: Fr. Matheny walks away with the quarter-million, again showing that it's now Millionaire's real top prize. Meanwhile, Seth Wilson continues his run on Jeopardy with his ninth win. Only five players are now ahead of him on the wins-in-a-row list.