Last week I was in Seattle, hanging out and photographing at Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. Kerry Park is famous for its iconic view of downtown Seattle and the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier looming in the background. Kind of cliche, but I have always wanted to photograph here, and it was a gorgeous day, so what the heck.
I was taking a break, sitting on a bench taking in the view and doing some people watching when up rolls this camera crew and begins setting up right next to me. The talent strolls over to the telescope by the railing and begins rehearsing his lines and it suddenly dawns on me who it is. It’s Ken Jennings, who had the longest run ever on Jeopardy and won over $2 million. Yeah, that’s right, over $2 million. Now I am probably one of the hugest fans of Jeopardy ever, I have it set to record on the DVR so I never miss an episode. This is like mana from heaven. So I get up and start taking photos of the whole thing and even shot a little video of one of the takes.
Ken filming in Kerry Park
When they are done with the filming, Ken walks over and stands right next to me. Being the introvert that I am, I decide to strike up a conversation with him and begin by telling him the story about how we always try to guess the Final Jeopardy answer as soon as they reveal the category and have actually answered correctly on a number of occasions. He replies by saying that he used to do that as a kid, too, but it’s probably not a good idea to do it on live TV in front of millions of viewers. However, if someone were to do it (and get it right), he believes Jeopardy should pay double. Take heed, Alex Trebek!
He was a very personable and friendly guy and agreed to have his portrait taken with me. I was totally star-struck!
I stuck around way late that night and got some more shots, my favorites as it turned out.