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Michael Shutterly, a resident of Richmond, VA, appeared on the August primetime series of WWTBAM from August 24-25 1999 and was the first person in the whole history of Millionaire to win the dollar amount for the 14th question, which was $500,000 in America. Here is how Michael won his half-million.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following parts of a horse in order, beginning at the front.
• A: Hind legs • B: Tail
• C: Muzzle • D: Withers

From the 9 contestants, 5 people got the right order, which was C-D-A-B, but Michael went into the Hot Seat with a time of 5.03 seconds.

Michael's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What vegetable gives Popeye the Sailor his extra strength?
• A: Spinach • B: Cabbage
• C: Beets • D: Celery


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following was NOT one of Christopher Columbus' ships?
• A: Santa Maria • B: Minnow
• C: Niña • D: Pinta


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the computer in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey"?
• A: Al • B: Hal
• C: Pal • D: Sal


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of the following devices would you find a device called the "agitator"?
• A: Can opener • B: Toaster
• C: Washing machine • D: Iron


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the Russian space station?
• A: Sputnik • B: Skylab
• C: Mir • D: Kremlin


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the current president of the National Rifle Association?
• A: Ralph Reed • B: Tom Selleck
• C: William Bennett • D: Charlton Heston


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is NOT a business-focused publication?
• A: Barron's • B: Fortune
• C: Esquire • D: Morningstar


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
On the classic "Andy Griffith Show," the city of Mayberry is located in what state?
• A: South Carolina • B: Georgia
• C: North Carolina • D: West Virginia


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What breed is President Clinton's current dog, Buddy?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Labrador Retriever - 62% • B: German Shepherd - 2%
• C: Cocker Spaniel - 11% • D: Golden Retriever - 25%


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the best-selling book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus"?
• A: John Gray • B: John Bradshaw
• C: John Grisham • D: James Redfield


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the chartered yacht on which Gary Hart traveled to Bimini with Donna Rice in 1987?
• A: Risky Business • B: Business as Usual
• C: Monkey Business • D: Show Business


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1912, the Titanic departed from what English port?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Bristol • B: Dover
• C: Portsmouth • D: Southampton


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Traditionally, what form of address is used when writing a letter to a foreign ambassador?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: His or Her Eminence • B: His or Her Excellency
• C: The Honorable • D: Mr. or Madam President
Unsure of the answer, Michael used his Phone a Friend lifeline to call his mom, Nikki. She had no idea what the answer was, and before she could even say a guess, the 30-second timer ran out. Michael then guessed B as his final answer and won $250k.


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the real name of Pope John Paul I, who served as Pope for about a month in 1978?
• A: Albino Luciani • B: Eugenio Pacelli
• C: Guiseppe Sarto • D: Giovanni Braschi


$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
On February 22, 1989, what group won the first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal performance?
• A: Metallica • B: AC/DC
• C: Living Colour • D: Jethro Tull
After being read the question and answers, Michael said famously, "One difficulty is there's only one of the four I've ever listened to, and it's definitely not them. I will not be a millionaire, but I'll be half a millionaire." That meant Michael walked away with $500,000. The answer was D: Jethro Tull. And, let me tell you: at least 2 million people were screaming the right answer to their TV screens mainly because they are all fans of heavy metal bands. I guess that wasn't Michael's expertise.

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