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Mark Gluckstern, a resident of Ft. Collins, Colorado, appeared on the primetime version of WWTBAM from February 1, 2000 to February 2, 2000 and won $125,000 for his grand total. Note that Mark is one of the rare contestants to get into the Hot Seat with the maximum qualifying time of 20 seconds. Here is Mark's runthrough.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following best-selling authors in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
• A: Barbara Kingsolver • B: J.D. Salinger
• C: Sue Grafton • D: Frank McCourt

From the 8 contestants, only Mark (with a time of 20.00 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Mark's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is used to row a boat?
• A: Foil • B: Oar
• C: Cue • D: Net


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name commonly given to people who are able to break into computer systems?
• A: Backers • B: Hackers
• C: Slackers • D: Smackers


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
If a letter is marked with the acronym, S.W.A.K., it is supposedly sealed with a what?
• A: Kiss • B: Kudos
• C: Knowledge • D: Kitty


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is a typical Japanese dish?
• A: Saganaki • B: Souvlaki
• C: Sukiyaki • D: Ceviche


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What does an altimeter measure?
• A: Wind velocity • B: Altitude
• C: Electric power • D: Water pressure


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is credited with the "quick and easy" method of teaching dance steps by using diagrams of footprints?
• A: Alvin Ailey • B: Dick Clark
• C: Bob Fosse • D: Arthur Murray


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these songs begins "My country, 'Tis of thee,"?
• A: America • B: America the Beautiful
• C: This Land is Your Land • D: God Bless America


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In June 1876, where did Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeat General George Custer and his troops?
• A: Bull Run • B: Little Bighorn
• C: Wounded Knee • D: Dancing Rabbit Creek


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Approximately how much of the Earth is covered with water?
• A: 90% • B: 70%
• C: 50% • D: 40%


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first woman to win the $100,000 Grand Prize on the TV series "Star Search"?
'Ask the Audience', 'Phone a Friend', and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Rosie O'Donnell - 32% • B: Ellen DeGeneres - 12%
• C: Jenny Jones - 14% • D: Paula Poundstone - 42%
After using the Ask the Audience lifeline, Mark used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call his friend, Dave. He said he had no idea whatsoever. To help more, Mark used the 50:50, which left Answers A and C to choose from, and he went against the second most-voted option and won $32k.


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following novels features a dog trainer named Muriel Pritchett?
• A: Animal Dreams • B: The Accidental Tourist
• C: Breathing Lessons • D: Searching for Caleb


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What character did James Montgomery Flagg help immortalize in his 1914 poster?
• A: Kilroy • B: Betty Boop
• C: Uncle Sam • D: Smokey Bear


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
According to an Aesop fable, what bird told the goddess Juno that he wanted the voice of a nightingale?
• A: Crane • B: Peacock
• C: Dove • D: Swan
When the answers came up, Mark was thinking of a different answer, but since his thought was not part of the answer choices, he walked away with $125k. The answer was B: Peacock.

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