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Michael Rosenthal leaves with $125,000

Michael Rosenthal, a lawyer from Los Angeles, California, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 27th-28th, 1999. He walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Rank the eggs of these animals in order of their size, from the smallest to the largest.
• A: Pheasant • B: Hummingbird
• C: Ostrich • D: Mosquito

From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Michael (with a time of 4.92 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Michael's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not considered a condiment?
• A: Mustard • B: Relish
• C: Hamburger • D: Ketchup

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What home entertainment technology was introduced to consumers in 1997?
• A: VHS • B: Betamax
• C: DVD • D: BVD's

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In what American city is the internationally famous business district known as Wall Street?
• A: New York City • B: San Francisco
• C: Philadelphia • D: New Jersey

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
With what musical instrument is Elton John most closely associated?
• A: Guitar • B: Saxophone
• C: Piano • D: Drum

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What loose-fitting garment was worn by citizens of ancient Rome?
• A: Toga • B: Hoop Skirt
• C: Caftan • D: Kimono

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1803 the United States concluded the Louisiana Purchase for 15 million dollars with what country?
• A: Spain • B: Germany
• C: England • D: France

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What does a philatelist collect?
• A: Stamps • B: Insects
• C: Phonograph Records • D: Coins

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following artists created the sculpture known as "The Thinker"?
• A: Henry Moore • B: Edgar Degas
• C: Michelangelo • D: Auguste Rodin

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the current United States Secretary of State?
• A: Janet Reno • B: Madeleine Albright
• C: Sandra Day O'Connor • D: Donna Shalala

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who played the role of James West on the original TV series, "The Wild West"?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Robert Conrad - 75% • B: Conrad Bain - 2%
• C: Tim Conway - 5% • D: William Conrad - 18%

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
How many red stripes are currently on the 50-star U.S. flag?
• A: 5 • B: 6
• C: 7 • D: 8
The klaxon called time and Michael would return on $64,000 with 2 lifelines still available.

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the maiden name of Argentine leader and actress Eva Peron?
• A: Duarte • B: Domingo
• C: Castillo • D: Navarro

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Beethoven's Sixt Symphony is also known by what name?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Choral • B: Eroica
• C: Pastoral • D: Pathetique
Michael thought he knew it, but used his 50:50 to be sure, eliminating A and D. Leaning towards C, but still not sure enough, he decided to phone his friend Teemu, who would guess Eroica, but was not sure. So, he decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was C: Pastoral


Preceded by
Bill MacDonald
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Michael Rosenthal
Succeeded by
Jeff Gardner

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