Doug Szafran, a high school math teacher from Frederick, Maryland, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 21st-22nd, 1999. He walked away with $64,000.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following presidents in the order they appear on Mount Rushmore from left to right.
• A: Jefferson • B: Lincoln
• C: Roosevelt • D: Washington
From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Doug (with a time of 3.45 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-A-C-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Doug's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the Bible, who ordered Samson's hair to be cut off?
• A: Delilah • B: Salome
• C: Bathsheba • D: Vidal Sassoon
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
On what article of clothing would you find a French cuff?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Trousers • B: Shorts
• C: Dress Shirt • D: T-shirt
Ask the Audience Results: A: 7% • B: 4% • C: 86% • D: 3%
The klaxon called time and Doug would return on $200 with 2 lifelines still available.
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not a Chinese culinary delight?
• A: Kung Pao Chicken • B: Peking Duck
• C: Won Ton Soup • D: Tempura
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The mythical land of El Dorado was believed to be a place rich in what?
• A: Gold • B: Silver
• C: Diamonds • D: Cadillacs
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What branch of the military has its academy at Annapolis?
• A: Army • B: Navy
• C: Air Force • D: Coast Guard
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
'Riverdance' primarily features the traditional dances of what country?
• A: Poland • B: France
• C: Ireland • D: Russia
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following e-mail viruses first appeared in March 1999?
• A: Helen • B: Melissa
• C: Gloria • D: Betty
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Before becoming a solo artist, Grammy winner Lauryn Hill was part of what group?
• A: En Vogue • B: The Fugees
• C: The Foo Fighters • D: The Goo Goo Dolls
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the 1999 World Almanac, a wedding fit for a first anniversary is traditionally made of what material?
• A: Paper • B: Pottery
• C: Bronze • D: Wood
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who composed the 1927 musical piece known as 'Bolero'?
• A: Tchaikovsky • B: Ravel
• C: Mahler • D: Stravinsky
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the current president of South Africa?
'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: P.W. Botha • B: Desmond Tutu
• C: Nelson Mandela • D: Thabo Mbeki
Doug decided to phone his friend Jeff, who was reasonably certain it was Mandela. He then decided to use 50:50, eliminating A and B. He then decided to go with Thabo Mbeki, and won $64,000.
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the number of the main precinct featured in the television series 'NYPD Blue' ?
• A: 12th • B: 13th
• C: 15th • D: 52nd
Doug did not know, so he decided to walk away with $64,000. The correct answer was C: 15th.

Sources Edit

Preceded by
John McClain
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Doug Szafran
Succeeded by
Robby Roseman

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