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John McClain, from Linwood, New Jersey, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 20th-21st, 1999. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $64,000 question.

WWTBAM Run Edit

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put the following confederate states in geographical order, from east to west.
• A: Alabama • B: Texas
• C: Georgia • D: Mississippi
From the 10 contestants, 5 got it right, but John (with a time of 4.15 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-A-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following crackers is most often crushed up for use in pie crusts?
• A: Graham Crackers • B: Triscuits
• C: Saltines • D: Cheez-Its


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not one of the New Testament gospels?
• A: Matthew • B: Mark
• C: Luke • D: Keanu


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the legendary sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
• A: Oliver Wendell Holmes • B: Sherlock Holmes
• C: Hercules Poirot • D: Homey the Clown
The klaxon called time and John would return on $300 with all 3 lifelines still available.


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What did the Addams Family call the disembodied hand in the box?
• A: Thing • B: Cousin Itt
• C: Fingers • D: Lurch


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "Scent of a Woman"?
• A: Al Pacino • B: Jeremy Irons
• C: Michael Douglas • D: Robert De Niro


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. state became the nation's 50th in 1959?
• A: Alaska • B: Hawaii
• C: New Mexico • D: Arizona


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is not a Monopoly game piece?
• A: Candlestick • B: Top Hat
• C: Race Car • D: Thimble


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
For most of his career, what number did Hank Aaron wear on his Atlanta Braves baseball jersey?
• A: 23 • B: 33
• C: 9 • D: 44


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who painted the 1871 work, "Arrangement in Black and Grey: The Artist's Mother"?
• A: Edgar Degas • B: Claude Monet
• C: James Whistler • D: Eduard Manet


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
How many U.S. Presidents were elected in the 1970's?
'Ask The Audience', '50:50' and 'Phone A Friend' lifelines used
• A: None - 2% • B: One - 23%
• C: Three - 16% • D: Two - 59%
John did not know, so he decided to Ask The Audience, from which 59& voted for Two. Still unsure, he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and B, which did not help him. So, he decided to phone his aunt Carol, who was fairly certain it was Two. He then decided to go for it, and won $32,000.


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these technology companies is not currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange?
• A: Microsoft • B: America Online
• C: Lucent • D: Compaq


Preceded by
Doug Van Gundy
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
John McClain
Succeeded by
Doug Szafran

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