John Nelson, from Worcester, Massachusetts, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 20-21, 1999. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $125,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Place these science fiction TV series in the order of their premiere, from the earliest to the most recent.
• A: Star Trek: The Next Generation • B: Star Trek: Voyager
• C: Star Trek • D: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

From the 8 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but John (with a time of 5.21 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-A-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a 17th century saying, what should you not cry over?
• A: Fallen leaves • B: Spilt milk
• C: Dropped candy • D: Old bread

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
When water wears away a beach, what is that process called?
• A: Erosion • B: Guilt
• C: Aggression • D: Construction
The klaxon called time and John would return on $200 with all 3 lifelines still available.

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Having a 'green thumb' indicates talent in which of the following areas?
• A: Hitchhiking • B: Painting
• C: Needlepoint • D: Gardening

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the popular nickname of the Pope's bulletproof car?
• A: Popemobile • B: Vativan
• C: Holy Roller • D: Italian Stallion

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of Elvis Presley's former home in Memphis, Tennessee?
• A: Xanadu • B: Paisley Park
• C: Graceland • D: Presleyville

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name for a revolving light in a lighthouse?
• A: St. Elmo's Fire • B: Foghorn
• C: Flashlight • D: Beacon

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following directors is known for making cameo appearances in every one of his movies?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Alfred Hitchcock - 84% • B: George Lucas - 4%
• C: Sydney Pollack - 6% • D: Steven Spielberg - 6%

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What letter of the Greek alphabet shares its name with the term used to describe the mouth of a river?
• A: Theta • B: Gamma
• C: Delta • D: Omega

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following would you find in the movement known as 'Promise Keepers'?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Working mothers • B: Christian men
• C: Camp Fire Girls • D: Rabbis

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who retired the highly-popular syndicated comic strip, 'Bloom County', in 1989?
• A: Berke Breathed • B: Scott Adams
• C: Gary Larson • D: Gary Trudeau

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which country celebrated its 50th birthday in 1998?
• A: Liberia • B: Israel
• C: Ukraine • D: Nicaragua

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
The ancient Greek masterpiece known as "Winged Victory" is a sculpture of what goddess?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Hera • B: Athena
• C: Nike • D: Aphrodite
John knew it was not D, but decided to call his dad Ed, who would say Athena, but was not confident. He decided to go with him, but got it wrong. The correct answer was C: Nike.


Preceded by
Matt Marcotte
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
John Nelson
Succeeded by
Bob Ehrenberg

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