WKU faculty member advances further than any contestant on ABC game show

Photo courtesy of ABC-TV.

John Reecer

A member of the faculty at WKU advanced further than any other contestant ever has on ABC-TV’s popular game show “500 questions” during Tuesday night’s episode.  

Guy Jordan, associate professor of art history, will be on the show’s season finale tonight at 7 p.m. CDT.

“Guy is still a player on tonight’s season finale episode,” said Jeff Fordis, ABC-TV’s special projects team leader for 500 questions. “He has gone farther than anyone so far by answering 109 questions correctly.  You will need to tune in tonight to see how far he can go.”

“500 questions” is a game show in which contestants must answer 500 general trivia questions without answering three questions incorrect in a row.

Fordis said that Jordan had won $66,000 with all the questions he had answered correctly so far, and how much more money he makes in the competition depends on how many more questions he answers correctly.

“Congratulations to WKU’s Guy Jordan, who is knocking it out of the park on ABC’s “500 Questions,” said WKU President Gary Ransdell in a Facebook post. “He’s made it farther than any contestant and continues his amazing run tonight on the season finale. Go Tops!”

Also featured on the show this season was famous game-show personality Ken Jennings who previously won 74 straight games on “Jeopardy” as his winnings were over $2.5 million.

However, not even Jennings could make it as far Jordan did on Tuesday night.

“I think there is a myth out there that people just fall off the truck knowing this stuff, that they just remember everything, but in fact, it’s a lot of flash cards, it’s a lot of lists of things,” Guy Jordan said to WBKO in an interview.

The excitement and support on campus and in Bowling Green is starting to grow for Jordan as he continues to try to get through the challenging show.

“I am very pleased for him,” said Brent Oglesbee, department head of the art department at WKU.  “I am not at all surprised that he is doing as well as he is. He is a very sharp guy.”

“On Facebook last night there was an awful lot of responses back and forth between people who know him, cheering him on,” Oglesbee said. “That’s been the main way that I have followed the support.”

Oglesbee also said that he noticed the White Squirrel Brewery in Bowling Green plans to tune in tonight to watch as Jordan makes his way through the questions.

“I have to see how much further he goes,” Oglesbee said. “He is well-deserving of all the attention.”