John McClain, a resident of Linwood, NJ, was the youngest contestant during the August series at the age of 18. After the show, John said he would be starting his studies at Rutgers University. He appeared in the Hot Seat from August 20-21, 1999 and won $32,000 as his prize. Here is how John did.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following confederate states in geographical order, from east to west. earliest to the most recent.
• A: Alabama • B: Texas
• C: Georgia • D: Mississippi

From the 10 contestants, 5 of them got it right with the order of C-A-D-B, but John (with a time of 4.15 seconds) got the order correctly in the fastest time and made it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following crackers is most often crushed up for use in pie crusts?
• A: Graham crackers • B: Triscuits
• C: Saltines • D: Cheez-Its

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is NOT one of the New Testament gospels?
• A: Matthew • B: Mark
• C: Luke • D: Keanu

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the legendary sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
• A: Oliver Wendell Holmes • B: Sherlock Holmes
• C: Hercules Poirot • D: Homey the Clown

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What did the Addams Family call the disembodied hand in the box?
• A: Thing • B: Cousin Itt
• C: Fingers • D: Lurch

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "Scent of a Woman"?
• A: Al Pacino • B: Jeremy Irons
• C: Michael Douglas • D: Robert DeNiro

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. state became the nation's 50th in 1959?
• A: Alaska • B: Hawaii
• C: New Mexico • D: Arizona

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is NOT a Monopoly game piece?
• A: Candlestick • B: Top Hat
• C: Race Car • D: Thimble

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
For most of his career, what number did Hank Aaron wear on his Atlanta Braves baseball jersey?
• A: 23 • B: 33
• C: 9 • D: 44

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who painted the 1871 work, "Arrangement in Black and Grey: The Artist's Mother"?
• A: Edgar Degas • B: Claude Monet
• C: James Whistler • D: Eduard Manet

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
How many US Presidents were elected in the 1970's?
'Ask the Audience', '50:50', and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: None - 2% • B: One - 23%
• C: Three - 16% • D: Two - 59%
Even after using 50:50 and Ask the Audience, John used his Phone a Friend to call his aunt Carol. She said the answer was D: Two, but she wasn't positive, though fairly certain. With no lifelines left, John said "D, final answer," and won $32k.

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these technology companies is not currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange?
• A: Microsoft • B: America Online
• C: Lucent • D: Compaq

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