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WKU faculty member appearing on ABC’s ‘500 Questions’

Update (June 2): WKU’s Guy Jordan completed an unprecedented run on ABC’s “500 Questions” as Season 2 wrapped up June 1. Jordan earned $169,000 and reached 241 questions — the most ever on the show. More: Read about Jordan’s experience on the show.

For WKU faculty member Guy Jordan, an appearance on ABC’s “500 Questions” is a highlight of his 25-year participation in trivia competitions.

Guy Jordan

Guy Jordan

“For a trivia lifer like me, getting a chance to play is a real honor. I feel humbled to be in that game,” said Jordan, an associate professor of art history in WKU’s Art Department and coach of WKU’s academic quiz bowl team.

The second season of “500 Questions” debuted Thursday night and wraps up on Wednesday (June 1). The show airs at 8 ET/7 CT on ABC.

Jordan, whose appearance on the show began Saturday night and continues Tuesday night, couldn’t discuss his role or how he did, but he did wear a red sweater for good luck. “I can’t wait to see what the show looks like. I hope everyone can tune in and watch,” he said.

Jordan has been part of trivia teams at Haddon Heights High School in New Jersey, George Washington University, Harvard University Extension School and University of Maryland and even met his wife through trivia competitions. He also participates in LearnedLeague trivia competitions and the World Quizzing Championships (where he finished sixth in the U.S. in 2015 and will compete in the 2016 event on June 4).

Through his participation in LearnedLeague, Jordan saw a link posted about Season 2 of “500 Questions.”

“I had seen Season 1 and I thought it could be a lot of fun,” he said, adding that the show’s format reminds him of a cross between “Jeopardy” and “Survivor.”

Jordan traveled to Los Angeles, where the show is produced.

“It was great. Dan Harris, the show’s host, was fantastic,” he said. “ ‘500 Questions’ is a lot of fun. The quality of the players is just outstanding.”

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