“I won $40 and a set of encyclopedias, and I still have them,” said Bath. Which appears to be a consolation prize from that era.
Martha got off to a hot start, as she managed to locate and correctly answer two Daily Doubles on her way to a massive Final Jeopardy! wager. She bet her full $15,400 to win a total of $30,800.
It is very rare for players to make multiple appearances and the fact that her two were 50 years apart made it an even better story.
“Martha Bath, that's a lot more than a set of encyclopedias,” said host Ken Jennings. “You're a Jeopardy! champion with $30,800. Or, if we count 1972, $30,840.”
KEN JENNINGS: Generally, a Jeopardy appearances are one to a customer. But for Martha Bath a retired CPA from Seattle, this is not your first rodeo, is that right?
MARTHA BATH: That is correct. 50 years ago this spring, I was on the original daytime show with Art Fleming in New York.
KYLIE MAR: After 50 years, contestant Martha Barth returned to Jeopardy Wednesday. In 1972, the show was hosted by Art Fleming and the prizes weren't quite as large.
MARTHA BATH: I won $40 and a set of encyclopedias. And I still have them.
KEN JENNINGS: You still have the encyclopedias [? or ?] [? do ?] you love the $40?
MARTHA BATH: No.
KYLIE MAR: Martha got off to a hot start as she managed to locate and correctly answer two daily doubles on her way to a massive Final Jeopardy wager.
KEN JENNINGS: How much did you wager? Wow. You will double your money-- $30,800.
KYLIE MAR: It is very rare for players to make multiple appearances. And the fact that her two were 50 years apart, made it an even better story.
KEN JENNINGS: Martha Bath. That's a lot more than a set of encyclopedias. You're in "Jeopardy!" Champion for $30,800. Or if we count 1972, $30,840.