David Forman, a mathematician from Laurel, Maryland, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 24, 2000. He walked away with $250,000. Coincidentally, he was the next contestant immediately after Rudy Reber lost $218,000, Later Forman appeared on Champions Edition and won another $250,000 ($125,000 goes to his charity and the other $125,000 goes to him).


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Based on U.S. Census estimates, put these states in order of population, starting with the smallest.
• A: California • B: Delaware
• C: Georgia • D: Oregon

From the 9 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but David (with a time of 4.69 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
An aircraft's flight data recorder is often referred to as what?
• A: Strong box • B: Deposit box
• C: Black box • D: Bread box

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is a Spanish word for 'goodbye'?
• A: Adios • B: Au revoir
• C: Auf Weidersehen • D: Ciao

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What militia did the colonists form during the American Revolution?
• A: Musketeers • B: Minutemen
• C: Banditos • D: Avengers

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of the following places would you most likely find a Windsor knot?
• A: On your shoes • B: In your hair
• C: Around your finger • D: Around your neck

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What brand of soda's slogan is 'twice the caffeine'?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Mountain Dew • B: Dr. Pepper
• C: Jolt • D: Pepsi One
Ask the Audience Results: A: 11% • B: 1% • C: 83% • D: 5%

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In the classic children's book 'Peter Pan', what is the name of the Darling family dog?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: October • B: Nana
• C: Misty • D: Precious
David had a feeling, but decided to call his sister-in-law Jean, who knew it was Nana. He decided to go with her and won $2,000.

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes?
• A: John Landy • B: Frank Shorter
• C: Sebastian Coe • D: Roger Bannister

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these nations was previously known as Ceylon?
• A: Thailand • B: Burma
• C: Sri Lanka • D: Brunei

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The 1999 movie 'Man on the Moon' takes its title from a 1992 song by what band?
• A: Smashing Pumpkins • B: R.E.M.
• C: Pearl Jam • D: Red Hot Chili Peppers

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which city was ruled by the Medici family during the Renaissance?
• A: Florence • B: Rome
• C: Naples • D: Milan

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who played the original Darrin on the classic TV sitcom 'Bewitched'?
• A: Dick Martin • B: Dick Sargent
• C: Dick York • D: Dick Van Dyke

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
The 'Gulf Stream' ends in what body of water?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: South Pacific • B: North Atlantic
• C: Black Sea • D: English Channel

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
On November 9, 1967, who appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine?
• A: John Lennon • B: Jimi Hendrix
• C: Joni Mitchell • D: Janis Joplin

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
The computer language "Ada" is name for what poet's daughter?
• A: Lord Byron • B: Walt Whitman
• C: T.S. Eliot • D: Emily Dickinson
David thought it was Lord Byron, but was not sure, so he decided to walk away with $250,000. The correct answer was indeed A: Lord Byron.

WWTBAM - Champions Edition Edit

In May 2000, Forman appeared in the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Champions Edition, in which previous contestants who won $250,000-$1,000,000 played again, with half their winnings going to their favorite charities. Forman was the second Champion to make the Hot Seat, after he replaced Joe Trela among the Fastest Finger contestants (after Trela made the hot seat) Forman played for the American Red Cross.

Fastest Finger Question Edit

The Fastest Finger question was:

Fastest Finger Question
Put these capitals in geographical order, starting in the U.S. and heading west.
• A: Beirut • B: Hanoi
• C: Manila • D: Riyadh
5 contestants got it right, David Forman makes it into the Hot Seat by answering C-B-D-A in a time of 6.08 seconds.

David's run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What are the names of the first man and woman mentioned in the Old Testament?
• A: Adam and Eve • B: Johnson and Johnson
• C: Homer and Marge • D: Steve and Eydie
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of vehicle is traditionally associated with Santa Claus?
• A: Carriage • B: Harley
• C: Sleigh • D: Jet Ski
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition a harem consists of a group of what?
• A: Women • B: Birds
• C: Soliders • D: Hares
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Who could have exactly the same genetic code as you do?
• A: Your cousin • B: Your mother
• C: Your father • D: Your identical twin
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a commercial, if someone asks to pass the Grey Poupon, what condiment do they want?
• A: Ketchup • B: Mayonnaise
• C: Mustard • D: Butter
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Members of which rock band are famous for wearing long beards and sunglasses?
• A: Aerosmith • B: ZZ Top
• C: The Black Crowes • D: The Verve
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
A plant that moves to face the light is demonstrating which of the following?
• A: Osmosis • B: Pollination
• C: Chlorosis • D: Phototropism
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following characters did not appear in the 1999 movie "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline asked
• A: Han Solo • B: Queen Amidala
• C: Obi-Wan Kenobi • D: Jar Jar Binks
Ask the Audience Results: A: 62% • B: 15% • C: 13% • D: 10%
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the president and founder of what is now known as Tuskegee University?
• A: George Washington Carver • B: Frederick Douglass
• C: Booker T. Washington • D: Luther Burbank
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Tivoli Gardens, the famous amusement park is located in which European city?
'Phone-a-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Brussels • B: Copenhagen
• C: Stockholm • D: Paris
David is sure the first inkling is one of those, then he had no idea he decided to call Brian who works with him, he called David before he was on the show. Brian knew it was Copenhagen. He decided to go with him and win $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Science fiction writer Anne McCaffrey is famous for her books about what creatures?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Unicorns • B: Centaurs
• C: Dragons • D: Vampires
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1994, musician and actor Ruben Blades ran for president of what Central American county?
• A: Ecuador • B: Nicaragua
• C: Costa Rica • D: Panama
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In March 2000, what sports association was bought by former Microsoft executives?
• A: Continental Basketball • B: Professional Bowlers
• C: Major League Soccer • D: Arena Football
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
To perform composer John Cage's 1952 piece 4'33", which of these must a pianist do?
• A: Sit quietly • B: Play with left hand only
• C: Sing • D: Only play white keys
David: "Well, my first thought here is that I have no idea what the answer is… my second thought, is that I think that three of these choices are probably not right"

[Audience laughs]

"And my third thought is that I am not gonna risk it, so I am gonna walk away here"

The correct answer was A: Sit quietly, which is not what David would've guessed.


David Forman appeared on Jeopardy! winning $10,901 on April 11-14, 1997.


Preceded by
Rudy Reber
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
David Forman
Succeeded by
Shawn McCarthy
Preceded by
Joe Trela
Champions Edition Contestants
David Forman
Succeeded by
Michael Avitzur