Williamstown librarian to compete on 'Jeopardy!' show to air Thursday


WILLIAMSTOWN — Family and friends of Kirsten Rose will be glued to their televisions Thursday night to see if the local librarian comes up a winner on "Jeopardy!"

Rose is making her debut on the quiz show, which airs in Berkshire County at 7:30 p.m. on WTEN-TV Channel 10 in Albany, N.Y., on Spectrum cable.

Sworn to secrecy, the children's librarian at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown was mum on how she fared as a contestant.

"The whole experience was great and surreal," she told The Eagle.

With a weekly audience of 23 million viewers, "Jeopardy!" is the top-rated quiz show on television, and it has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show, according to Jeopardy Productions. Contestants vie for prize money by solving clues — they are in the form of a question — that are chosen from a game board featuring a series of categories.

Rose, an Elmira, N.Y., native, decided to try out for "Jeopardy!" after her childhood friend, Rebecca Wald, won twice on the show in 2017, earning $43,000 in prize money.

So, later that year, Rose took the online test for potential contestants and passed. She then got an audition in Boston, and after passing that test, she was placed in the contestant pool for the next 18 months. Her time in the queue was almost up when she got the call and flew out to California for the taping in March.

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"I was kind of surprised," she said. "It's nice to make it on the first try."

Rose plans to watch with a couple of friends. She said her parents, Bernard and Susan Rose, will be cheering her on from Montana.

"My dad watches 'Jeopardy!' regularly," she said.

When time allows, Rose occasionally watches the show, so she thought she'd be a good contestant, given her inquisitive nature.

"I'm sort of the person who likes trivia, and if I have a question about something, I'm always looking up the answer," she said.

Rose joins Nicholas Moulton as reigning, local game show celebrities. This year, Moulton was a two-time champion, winning $36,000 on Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games."

Moulton, the chef at Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, was pitted against two other chefs; all three were given the task of creating dishes made with ingredients shopped for at the Flavortown Market, all in 30 minutes.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.


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