Jon Colby is a theater, speech and video production teacher from Indianapolis, IN was a contestant who appeared on the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on September 23, 2016. He walked away with $20,000.


$500 (1 of 14) - Not timed
Jimmy Carter, Alice Walker and Kanye West are all on's list of "Famous People Born" where?
• A: In a Costco • B: In Victorian England
• C: In a test tube • D: In Georgia

$1,000 (2 of 14) - Not timed
Promising to find an eco-friendly solution, drugstore chain CVS admitted in 2016 that customers had been "very concerned with the length of our" what?
• A: Twizzlers • B: Receipts
• C: Pharmacists' chest hair • D: Store greeter's hugs

$2,000 (3 of 14) - Not timed
Which of these is a Spanish-language version of a popular sitcom, and NOT a Spanish-language version of a popular game show?
• A: El Precio Justo • B: La Ruleta de la Fortuna
• C: Familia Moderna • D: Quien Quiere Ser Millonario
A was The Price is Right, B was Wheel of Fortune, C was Modern Family and D was Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

$3,000 (4 of 14) - Not timed
Since it's butted up against a vital organ, your left what is smaller than your right one?
• A: Eye • B: Foot
• C: Lung • D: Ear

$5,000 (5 of 14) - Not timed
Pioneering a new type of ink that uses smaller molecules, Harlem-based company Ephemeral recently introduced a tattoo that fittingly does what?
• A: Grows larger over time • B: Glows in the dark
• C: Releases a fragrance • D: Fades away after a year

$7,000 (6 of 14) - Not timed
Known for their hit song "Magic Carpet Ride," what band got their name from the title of a work by Swiss-German novelist Hermann Hesse?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Lynyrd Skynyrd • B: Blue Öyster Cult
• C: Steppenwolf • D: The Dyrds
Ask the Audience Results: A: 17% • B: 7% • C: 62% • D: 14%
Jon knew the song, but he was not sure on the band, so he decided to ask the audience. 62% of the audience, a majority, said it was C: Steppenwolf, which is what Jon was leaning towards, so he decided to go with them, who were right.

$10,000 (7 of 14) - Not timed
Earning a personal commendation from First Lady Dolley Madison, on May 5, 1809 Mary Kies became the first American woman to do what?
• A: Be elected to Congress • B: Receive a patent
• C: Serve as an Army general • D: Use a telephone
Jon thought 1809 was too early for the telephone. He also eliminated C and A, so B made the most sense to him. He went for it and got it right.

$20,000 (8 of 14) - Not timed
When a ban was lifted recently, Ireland became the first European country since the late 1990s allowed to export what to the United States?
• A: Mobile telephones • B: Beef
• C: Clothing • D: Liquor
Jon went with B: Beef after remembering something about mad cow disease, and that was correct.

$30,000 (9 of 14) - Not timed
On Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes of 2016, the top five includes players in all but which of these sports?
"50:50" and "Plus One" lifelines used.
• A: Basketball • B: Soccer
• C: Tennis • D: Football
Jon Colby narrowed it down to C and D, so he decided to use his 50:50, even though he suspected that those two choices would be left, and he was right. He did not think his Plus One could help him, so he thought about the question for a while. After a while, he decided to call his Plus One, Mike Davis. However, he did not know the answer either, so Jon decided to walk away. He was leaning towards D, and that would have been correct.


Preceded by
Wayne Schiff
U.S. contestants
Jon Colby
Succeeded by
J.D. Lape