Chuck Durnberger, a product manager for a network computing company from Fremont, California, was a contestant on Season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on July 16, 2000. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $64,000 question. He joins a very small group of people who used none of the three lifelines, with another notable member being John Carpenter. (John used his Phone-A-Friend on the final question, but not for help, but to tell his Dad he was going to win the million, so this doesn't really count as a lifeline used.)


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these popular vacation spots in geographical order, starting in Japan and going east.
• A: Honolulu • B: Monte Carlo
• C: Cancun • D: Aruba

From the 9 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but Chuck (with a time of 4.98 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-C-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Chuck's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the old saying, "Two's company, three's" what?
• A: A corporation • B: A crowd
• C: A handful • D: Illegal
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following foods would most likely contain "gristle"?
• A: Fruitcake • B: Beans
• C: Meat • D: Tofu
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
"Shutterbug" is the nickname for someone with what hobby?
• A: Badminton • B: Stamp collecting
• C: Exterminating • D: Photography
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
On the TV show "I Love Lucy", who are Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's neighbors?
• A: Tom and Helen • B: Fred and Ethel
• C: Gladys and Abner • D: George and Louise
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the slogan for Johnson's Baby Shampoo promise?
• A: No more buildup • B: No more split ends
• C: No more tears • D: No more dandruff
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
How many leaflets does a typical poison ivy plant have?
• A: Two • B: Three
• C: Four • D: Five
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Lombard Street, known as "the crookedest street in the world", is in what U.S. city?
• A: Miami • B: Seattle
• C: Chicago • D: San Francisco
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following animals is also called a "sea cow"?
• A: Man-of-war • B: Humpback whale
• C: Manatee • D: Tuna
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the subject of Normal Mailer's 1979 award-winning book "The Executioner's Song"?
• A: Ted Bundy • B: Gary Gilmore
• C: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg • D: Charles Manson
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
LeAnn Rimes' hit song "Blue" was originally written for what country music legend?
• A: Patsy Cline • B: Dolly Parton
• C: Loretta Lynn • D: Tammy Wynette
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Originally an acronym, what did the "Q" in Nasdaq stand for?
• A: Quantity • B: Quotations
• C: Quarter • D: Quotient
Chuck thinks it's D, and is confident to go with it without burning his lifelines. But, he should of! The correct answer was B, and Chuck leaves with $32,000 without using a single lifeline at all.

Trivia Edit

  • It appears as if this episode had only 9 Fastest Finger First contestants, as when Regis Philbin introduces them, only nine appear.


Preceded by
Eric Feinstein
U.S. Contestant (Season 2)
Chuck Durnberger
Succeeded by
John Katrensky