Family a Winning Answer for ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ

Kazuko Ide relocated to the Chicago area from Osaka to help raise her grandson, James. The boy grew up to keep his promise to his grandmother, that he would someday be a champion on “Jeopardy!” (Courtesy James Holzhauer)

Kazuko Ide relocated to the Chicago area from Osaka to help raise her grandson, James. The boy grew up to keep his promise to his grandmother, that he would someday be a champion on “Jeopardy!” (Courtesy James Holzhauer)

Aside from the astounding win­nings he amassed on the TV game show, James Holzhauer’s run on “Jeopardy!” has revealed his intimate dedication to family and a sense of duty as a citizen.

During his 32-day winning streak on the show – a run that netted him more than $2.4 million – Holzhauer often dedicated his final winning an­swers to a family member or friend. One such dedication was particularly near and dear to him.

On April 17, he set a new record for a single day’s winnings on the show, a whopping $131,127. Along with his correct answer – “Who is At­ticus Finch?” – he added a little note: “This is for you, Granny,” accented with a heart.

It was a fitting tribute, as Holzhau­er quite possibly would never have appeared on “Jeopardy!” if not for the love and enthusiasm Grandmother showed for the program, despite not understanding much of it . . .

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