David Korotkin, a member from Mensa from Ellicott City, Maryland, was the first ever contestant to appear on the U.S. version of the show on August 16th, 1999. He walked away with $1,000 after incorrectly answering his $4,000 question.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following valleys in order by geographical location from east to west.
• A: Death Valley • B: Ohio Valley
• C: Silicon Valley • D: Shenandoah Valley

From the 10 starting contestants, 5 got it right, but David (with a time of 5.39 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the main task of a professional taxidermist?
• A: Stuffing Animals • B: Driving a Cab
• C: Accounting • D: Treating Wounds
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What takes place under a 'big top'?
• A: Ballet • B: Circus
• C: Opera • D: Don King
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In July 1997, what was finally returned to China after 99 years?
• A: Taiwan • B: Hong Kong
• C: Manchuria • D: South Dakota
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What was William Cody's popular nickname?
• A: Billy The Kid • B: Buffalo Bill
• C: Wild Bill • D: Stinky
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the economic abbreviation GNP stand for?
• A: Gross National Product • B: Gross National Percentage
• C: Gross National Profit • D: Gross Naked People
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
From what retailer was Monica Lewinsky's notorious Navy dress purchased?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: The Limited • B: Old Navy
• C: The Gap • D: Wal-Mart
Ask the Audience Results: A: 36% • B: 6% • C: 56% • D: 2%
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1993, Benazir Bhutto was re-elected as Prime Minister of what country?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Pakistan • B: India
• C: Egypt • D: Thailand



Preceded by
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
David Korotkin
Succeeded by
Hillary Daw

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