Last Wednesday Ottumwa, Iowa was mentioned in a clue on Jeopardy!
I did not watch the show as I teach a class on the Divided Kingdom on Wednesday Nights, but I did hear about it on Facebook.
Since the mention of Ottumwa brings back so many memories I had to write a post about it.
Was it about where Radar was from? This is the most common thing I am asked about when I mention that I grew up in Ottumwa.
Was it about where Nixon was first stationed in the Navy?
Maybe something about Tom Arnold, Richard Bach or Edna Ferber?
I can think of many more clues or answers that could have Ottumwa in them.
The clue was in a category on Mapping the Midwest and was a Daily Double.
Of course as soon as I saw a picture of the clue I knew the answer. The contestant that got the Daily Double did not respond and lost $2,000 but kept the lead. I always get a good feeling when I know the Daily Doubles and the contestants don’t.
I also have many memories of crossing the bridges over the Des Moines River and even doing some fishing at the Hydrow. Also many memories of the city of Des Moines.
I like it when Jeopardy! brings back memories.