My Jeopardy! Effect Story Regarding Pat Quinn

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I’ve been a regular fan of Jeopardy! for the last eight years. As a child, I was more into old school Jeopardy!, particularly from the 80s & 90s; from the colors & designs of the sets, to the many versions of the theme & think musics, sounds, memorable contestants, to Alex Trebek & Johnny Gilbert. Over the years, Jeopardy! has referenced many public figures who have made such a positive impact on the world. Additionally, Jeopardy! has changed the way we learn & understand the world today for the last 15 years through academics, cultures, and lifestyles. Furthermore, Jeopardy! has not only changed the lives of so many contestants over the years, but has shown how so many people have been making a difference throughout the world by getting recognition through the clues.

This season, Jeopardy! launched a unique page on their website where Jeopardy! fans and former Jeopardy! contestants alike can share stories of how Jeopardy! has significantly impacted their lives, it is called the “Jeopardy! Effect.” With that being said, I personally felt the J! Effect on February 24, 2015, when a man named Pat Quinn got recognized on one of the clues. For many who don’t know who Pat Quinn is, he is an ALS sufferer and was diagnosed with the detrimental disease in 2013. I met Pat Quinn at an “Ice Bucket Challenge” event at my alma mater, Iona College, after the “Ice Bucket Challenge” became an internet sensation during the summer of 2014. The day after that Jeopardy! episode aired with that compelling clue being revealed, everyone on campus was talking about that unbelievable moment. Meeting Pat Quinn was a compelling privilege for me because I was so astonished of how the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been making a powerful statement & impact on many aspects of media and throughout the world, with hopes to initiate combat against ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and igniting the fight to the cure. Moreover, I, being an alumnus of Iona College, have had an opportunity to witness how much Pat Quinn has moved the world through his courage, determination, and heart.

In the end, I want to thank Jeopardy! for giving Pat Quinn and “The Bucket Challenge” the recognition & honor that they deserve. Also, for being such an important part of my life, in my passion to learn new interesting, compelling, and entertaining facts. As well as helping to change the lives of so many people for the better, and making such a positive impact throughout society and the world. I personally am looking forward in continuing to watch, learn, and play along against the contestants as long as Jeopardy! continues to remain on the air.

With regards to Pat Quinn, my wish for him is continuing to fight the great fight against ALS. I give him so much credit for being able to stay positive and never giving up, especially when everything was put against him. Pat Quinn is a strong, tenacious, courageous, honorable, kind, and inspirational man. So many people with ALS may not have realized it for a long time, but deep down in their hearts, they were praying for someone to stand up for them & give them a voice of hope, and Pat Quinn gave them that voice following his diagnosis of ALS in 2013. Even though, there is still no treatment or cure for ALS, Pat Quinn has certainly paved the way for doctors & research scientists to become more involved in the fight against ALS, and now, they are pushing the envelope to find the cure. Thanks to Pat Quinn, a cure to terminate the detrimental disease is possible & will be discovered someday in the future, as long as everyone in the world continues to show compassion and contribute to the fight against ALS.

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The History of Cartoons

Scooby-Doo has been known as everyone’s favorite talking super sleuth Great Dane from Hanna-Barbera Productions since 1969. The cartoon canine has been known for chasing or being chased by ghosts, ghouls, and monsters that are contributing trouble to different places throughout the world. More than 300 programs, 11 different TV versions of the series, and 34 films in TV and theaters have been produced by Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. for 45 years, and the series is still going strong today. In 2013, Scooby-Doo was ranked #5 in TV Guide’s Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.

The History of Cartoons

Mickey Mouse has been known as one of the popular characters from Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse debuted on November 18, 1928 in Steamboat Willie. Over the course of his film appearances, he appeared in over 130 films such as Fantasia in 1940. In the late 1970’s, because of his success, Mickey Mouse became the first cartoon character to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The History of Cartoons

Popeye the Sailor Man has been known as everyone’s favorite fist-fighting, spinach eating character in film and television. Debuted in the comics in the late 1910’s, he eventually made it to the silver screen in 1933 in a Betty Boop cartoon called “Popeye the Sailor”. Later that year, Popeye began his own cartoon series with his first cartoon being entitled, “I Yam What I Yam” which was first produced by Fleischer Studios from Paramount Pictures. Fleischer Studios’ Popeye ran in theaters from 1933 to 1942, then Famous Studios took control of the Popeye cartoons and aired them in theaters from 1942 to 1957. Overall, leading to modern day TV, over 750 cartoon segments were produced for Popeye over the course of 80 years.

The History of Cartoons

Bugs Bunny has been known as one of the most popular cartoon characters over the last century. In his initial debut, A Wild Hare (July 27, 1940), the cartoon received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cartoon Short Subject of 1940. “What’s up, Doc?” has been one of the most popular catch phrases used by Bugs Bunny in his cartoons 99% of the time to help him keep his cool while standing up to his enemies. Bugs Bunny was named #1 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time.

The History of Cartoons

Tom and Jerry has been known as one of the greatest and successful cartoon film series of all time. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series, led the title pair to achieve great success in motion pictures from 1940-1958 containing a never-ending battle between the title duo. The title pair have won 7 Academy Awards in those 18 years, that’s more than Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Popeye combined. The series was aired in theaters and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

The History of Cartoons

The history of cartoons began as early as the 20th century. Cartoons initially began as comic strips in newspapers expressing humor to different issues throughout life. Moreover, cartoons initially began in theaters in the mid 1910s, and they began expressing their stories through action rather than speaking in the early years of cartoon filmography. The first talking cartoon was created by Warner Bros. in 1929 and it was entitled Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid, but it was never released to the public in theaters until Cartoon Network aired an edited version of the cartoon in a Toonheads TV special “The Lost Cartoons” in 2000. Over the years since cartoons have been on the air, they have also brought some controversy to the world concerning race, the issues of war, cannibalism, alcoholism, etc. In the end, cartoons continue to express excellent humor while teaches us important lessons on the issues that are going on throughout the world without igniting too much controversy.