University of Oklahoma historian featured on Jeopardy

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Kevin Butterfield, the senior associate director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, will appear on an episode of "Jeopardy!" on Wednesday Sept. 16.

Butterfield thought trying out for the show would be a good way to test his trivia knowledge. He was chosen to be on the show out of over 100,000 people who competed in an online test. After performing well in the online competition, he was one of 3,000 contestants invited to audition in various cities around the U.S. After succeeding at an audition in Kansas City, Missouri, he was selected to fly out to California to compete on the show.

He said it seemed like they were not necessarily looking for the smartest people rather people who were also going to be loose and comfortable on the set of the show. Butterfield said friends and family were nervous for him when he first told them that he would be competing on the show. He was surprised to learn that some of them were a little intimidated as well. ...

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