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1964 Jeopardy Tags: 1964  Jeopardy    Art  Fleming  1960s  60s  1964  Merv  Griffin 
Added: 3rd May 2012
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-05-03 
Yes--the REAL version of Jeopardy! with the irreplaceable Art Fleming as host!

(I say that because I have a friend, born in 1983, who loves Jeopardy! and can't bear to think of anyone other than Alex Trebec as the show's host.)

Sadly, there are only a handful of the Art Fleming versions of Jeopardy! known to exist. (This one is actually from 1974, near the end of the show's 11-year run as a daytime game show on NBC.)

The rules were slightly different in the Fleming era. Contestants could ring in as soon as they saw the question. (Fast readers had a distinct advantage!) In the Trebec era, they have to wait until the entire question is read. The losing contestants also got to keep the prize money they accrued. Today they don't; only the winner gets the cash.

Fleming was aksed to reprise his role as host of the syndicated version in 1984. He declined because he disliked the new rule about no prize money for losing contestants, as it affected the game's strategy. He also thought the new version's questions were leaning too far towards pop culture instead of classical, scholarly knowledge. (God bless him!)

Bit of trivia: Mel Gibson's father was a five-time Jeopardy! champion in the Art Fleming era.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2012-05-09 
In Twilight Zone The Movie segment called Kick the Can residents of a nursing home are watching Fleming's Jeopardy.
Posted by: Kpd on 2012-05-14 
Since they know about Secreteriat, doesn't that mean the show is Post May 73?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-05-14 
Yep, it's from 1974. It's late in the run of Jeopardy when it changed time slots and aired in the morning. Art Fleming says, 'Good morning' at the start of the clip.
Posted by: Steve on 2012-05-15 
You can't get anything past our readers! Great catch everyone!
Posted by: Cathy on 2016-02-01 
Art Flemming was great!
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