David Honea, a student and marathon runner from Raleigh, North Carolina, was a contestant on season 1 of the primetime U.S. version of the show on August 18th-19th, 29th, 1999. After originally winning only $32,000 due to a bad question, he was invited back to the show and he would eventually walk away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger First question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Arrange these famous entrepreneurs in order of their birth, from the oldest to youngest.
• A: Donald Trump • B: Bill Gates
• C: Ted Turner • D: Lee Iacocca
From the 10 starting contestants, 6 got it right, but David (with a time of 4.90 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-C-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What name is given to the calm area at the center of a hurricane?
• A: Ear • B: Mouth
• C: Eye • D: Small intestine
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following dance styles originated in the 1920's?
• A: The Charleston • B: The Twist
• C: The Jitterbug • D: Minuet
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What city was the setting for the classic television show 'Cheers'?
• A: New York City • B: Philadelphia
• C: Boston • D: Baltimore
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
According to legend, Cleopatra was fatally bitten by what creature?
• A: A tarantula • B: An asp
• C: A lion • D: Marc Antony
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
To whom is singer Barbra Streisand currently married?
• A: Elliott Gould • B: Jon Peters
• C: Andre Agassi • D: James Brolin
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Kerri Strug earned a team Olympic gold medal in 1996 despite injuring her ankle in what event?
• A: Balance Beam • B: Floor Exercise
• C: The Vault • D: Uneven Bars
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following toy companies makes Barbie dolls?
• A: Hasbro • B: Parker Brothers
• C: Mattel • D: Milton Bradley
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the lead singer of the Commodores?
• A: Lionel Richie • B: Lou Rawls
• C: David Ruffin • D: Barry White
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Katharine Graham is the former publisher of what daily newspaper?
• A: New York Times • B: Los Angeles Times
• C: USA Today • D: Washington Post
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the term for a wicker basket used to carry newly-caught fish?
'50:50', 'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: A Creel • B: A Purse
• C: A Straw Box • D: A Hip Box
Ask the Audience Results: A: 66% • B: - • C: 2% • D: 32%
David decided to use his 50:50, eliminating B and C. He then decided to Ask the Audience, giving A Creel 66% and A Hip Box 32%. He then decided to phone his father-in-law Ed, who does not know, but thought it was a Hip Box. Finally, he decided to go with Creel, and won $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following Great Lakes is the largest in area?
• A: Lake Huron • B: Lake Michigan
• C: Lake Ontario • D: Lake Erie

Originally, David was deemed to have given the wrong answer, having to walk away with $32,000. However, after his run was over, he decided to ask the producers to recheck the question, and they found out that Lake Michigan is larger in volume than Lake Huron, but not in area, meaning that David's original answer was correct.

Therefore, the show reawarded him the $64,000 he would have won, and invited him to come back on August 29th, the last day of the show's original run, to continue his game starting from the $125,000 question (and with no lifelines, as he had used them up earlier in his original run).

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which was the last horse to win the Triple Crown?
• A: Affirmed • B: Seattle Slew
• C: Secretariat • D: Citation
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Approximately how much saliva does the average human adult produce each day?
• A: Half-Pint • B: Pint
• C: Gallon • D: Quart
"You know, I run with some people that spit a lot, but it's never all in one place!" He thought that a Gallon is too much, and Half-Pint does not seem like enough. He then decided to walk away with $125,000, and would guess Quart. The correct answer was indeed D: Quart.



Preceded by
Norman Payne
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
David Honea
Succeeded by
Rob Gelbman