Pound Ridge’s Austin Rogers Makes Good on Jeopardy!!!! UPDATE!

UPDATE: I’m bumping up the Jeopardy post about Austin Rogers because I had thousands of hits on that one post which says lots of people are searching for information about him. You commenters are helping a lot too. Last night, wow, just wow. I adore Austin’s style and his mind is so keen.

If, for any reason, you’ve missed Jeopardy, or want to see all the questions in a neat recap form, this Jeopardy Fan website is a keeper.

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Original post copy from September 29.Β 
Meet Austin Rogers, the champ all week on Jeopardy.

He’s quirky. Smart as hell. They’ve had to bleep him. He talks with his hands and he speaks his mind.

WELLLLLLLLL, come to find out in tonight’s episode he grew up in Pound Ridge, his father was ranger of Ward Pound Ridge, and in the summers he helped his dad doing ranger duties.

Forgive the lousy video, taken by Mr. EOS with cell phone, but Austin’s comments are a hoot…

Now, to get his humor you have to understand here we have two high schools – Fox Lane in Bedford and John Jay in Katonah. Rivals in every athletic and academic sense. very different schools, very different student body, John Jay more the white kid jock, and apparently, drinkers too!!!

Reader Cos Harbour, who admits here to being a Fox Lane grad, what say you about Austin? I’m guessing his diss about John Jay means he, Austin, went to Fox Lane! Does he look familiar? Austin doesn’t have any social media I can find, no Twitter, and I don’t do Facebook or Instagram, but if you run across anything about him, holler.

I love his character and I’m thrilled he keeps winning. So many champs are predicable and boorrrrring. Go Austin! He’s won $136kΒ $257K already.

33 thoughts on “Pound Ridge’s Austin Rogers Makes Good on Jeopardy!!!! UPDATE!

  1. Loving Austin too and heard his conversation with Alex. I took his comment to mean he didn’t go to John Jay but not that he went to Fox Lane either. Are there other choices?

    Speaking of Alex, is it just me or has he been mean and rude lately. Yesterday he said nasty things to two contestants. I was taken aback. He can be very critical, and sometimes mocking.

    1. That’s how I kinda took his comment too. Yes, he could have gone to private school. I can’t figure out his age tho – has he said? His salt and pepper hair makes me think he’s in his 40s?

      Totally agree about Trebek. He can be mocking, especially when a contestant says something obviously wrong – he tends to laugh at them, not with them.

      1. ~39. Mentioned in the interview part on his 2nd day maybe when talking about how he used to drive a london cab (they were both ’78 Austins)

        1. I saw that interview but at that point I didn’t know he was from Pound Ridge. I have yet to see any local paper or TV do an interview or story about him to know where he did go to school.
          Last night’s episode was pre-empted at 7pm but thankfully ABC7 Twitter feed said it would air at 2:05am. I recorded it and watched it first things this morning. Wow, he’s some kind of genius. Really remarkable the breadth of his knowledge. I hope he goes on for days.

  2. Missed the interview portion of tonight’s show so thanks for posting it. Austin is the best thing to happen to Jeopardy since ever.

  3. Au contraire. Actually Fox Lane HS 🦊 peeps truly HATE HATE HATE the more nearby Chappaqua Horace Greeley HS teams named Quakers, and not so much John Jay HS teams, going with Indians moniker. Go Foxes!
    I clearly remember many childhood creekside picnics at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, finding freshwater crawfish and experiencing extremely lethal copperhead snakes in the stone caves, and then winter tobagoning and cross-country skiing . The landscape there is truly beautiful. (My brothers and moi were often also left off on Byram Lake on our Grumman aluminum rowboat, alone for hours, sans life jackets. Somehow we survived.)
    In the past, there also used to be these so called “lean-to” stone and log-roofed structures for overnight “camping” avec a charcoal grill at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
    I always admired the two or three modest caretakers cottages there, where the jeopardy Austin grew up.
    Thanks for the memories!

    1. Being private school snobs, I didn’t know the real rivalry was Fox Lane and Greeley. Learn something new every day.

      Love your stories of row row rowing your boat on Byram Lake. I remember those lean-tos at Ward Pound Ridge from the kids scouting days. I suspect older non-scouts used the lean-tos for extracurricular activities!

      Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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    1. The birds ate more blueberries than we did! Plus, they are so good naked (the berries, not us!) that gathering enough to make a pie is a burden.

      PS: what a creepily odd video. What was it all about, Alfie? The girl who threw the last blueberry to the birds was __________ [fill in the blank]

  4. Can confirm, I went to Fox Lane (class of 95) he was a year under me, super awesome guy and a really funny dude…I’m 40, so I guess that makes him about 39…

    1. Thanks!!!! Tonight he was asked by Alex where/how he got so smart. He says, genes and something else. Alex asked him about schooling and he shook it off, not mentioning any high school or college.

      He’s my all time favorite Jeopardy contestant.

    1. Don’t know and can’t find any social media he has. No one I know knows him. He’s been under the radar until he exploded on Jeopardy.

    2. GAF West. Also runs trivia there, and at the Wayland and a few bars downtown. Know him well from trivia. Great guy!!

  5. Your original blog post on Austin comes up Number 1 in the Google search with the parameters Austin Rogers Jeopardy! Unfortunately, now that you’ve updated it, the old link is gone, broken, a 404.

    1. Ya know, when I updated the post to run today, a BIG BIG alert comes up from WordPress that said old links will be gone when the new post runs. Too bad.

      No wonder my hits on that post were huge, Number 1? I broke all previous blog post hit records, for sure. I think now that I’ve honed the headline to what many more people might search, I might get even more hits than “Local Boy makes Good”.

      1. I’ll search again and click the new link to see if that bumps out the old post to put the new one in number one position.

    1. You’re a braver person that I Donna for (a) even looking through the Journal News and (b) posting a link to it. They are scum in my eyes since deciding it was a good thing to post a map of legal gun owners.

      Otherwise, thanks!

    1. Thanks!!! That’s a fabulous article from Heavy.
      Macalester is amazing college. Love all the info on Austin coming out now. We are definitely Austin Groupies here in Bedford. He’s the kid next door….
      Jeopardy was pre-empted in NY tonight by NJ governors debate so don’t tell me if you know what happened. It’s being run at 2:05 am and I’ve set the tv to record . p>

  6. Tripped across your post on Austin from Google. Great info. Thanks.
    BTW, Austin does have a Twitter account. I follow him now.

    Can I link him to this post?

      1. Okay, done. Tweeted him link to article. Don’t get too excited. I have like three followers.

        [Ed. Note: Twitter guy asked me to undo his @ link]

  7. From the NYT email this morning. (I know it’s not on your reading list.)

    A New York champion has fallen.
    Over the last two weeks, we’ve reveled in the β€œJeopardy!” winning streak of Austin Rogers, a delightfully cheeky bartender from Harlem.
    During his 13-night run on the typically sober game show, Mr. Rogers charmed viewers, the internet, and eventually the host Alex Trebek with his wild gesticulations, occasional expletives, brazen wagers and encyclopedic knowledge.
    Until last night, when he lost to Scarlett Sims, a homemaker from Oak Ridge, Tenn.
    β€œI didn’t lose, I got beaten,” said Mr. Rogers, 38, who watched the final episode surrounded by his family and friends at the Gaf West in Hell’s Kitchen, where he tends the bar. β€œScarlett nailed it, and it was awesome. I was elated for her.”
    To make it as far as he did, Mr. Rogers watched old episodes and meticulously pored over a catalog of past questions and answers on the website j-archive.com. He said he saw patterns in the questions and discovered that the daily double, for example, is typically in one of only five locations on the board.
    β€œBut I didn’t hack the show,” he said, responding to some news coverage and online chatter. β€œI still had to know everything.”
    His veritable vault of history tidbits and arcane facts has been bolstered by a lifestyle of watching movies, he said.
    β€œI’m a bartender, so when I wake up during the day β€” if I wake up β€” my inner monologue is, β€˜What do I want to learn about today?’” he said. β€œMaybe I don’t know anything about the Han dynasty. So then I’ll watch a documentary on YouTube about the Han dynasty.”
    Mr. Rogers, who said he’ll continue to bartend and host trivia nights around the city, doesn’t know exactly what to do with the $411,000 he won on the show. Maybe invest it, he said.
    β€œI don’t have much of a need for money,” he said. β€œI’m 100 percent unencumbered.”
    As for his newfound fame, he hopes to use it to catapult himself into a new career.
    β€œI’m a bit schizophrenic right now,” he said. β€œDo I want to pitch my own television show? Or maybe reproduce that comedy-variety show I did a few years ago. Or start a series on history on YouTube.”
    But first, he wants to sleep.
    β€œI want to take a break and collect my thoughts,” he said, β€œand then on Monday, it’s a brand new workday of a brand new life.”

    1. THANKS for posting that!!! The article is spot on for how all of us who watched him feel. He lifted the entire show up 10000000 notches with his sense of humor. He’s also right about Scarlett. She nailed it last night.

      Thanks again for posting this. Appreciate it.

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