Paul McCallon, a freelance computer consultant from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a contestant on Season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 10, 2000. He walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these events in world history in chronological order, starting with the earliest.
• A: India gets independence • B: Caesar conquers Gaul
• C: Soviet Union disbands • D: Marco Polo visits China

From the 9 remaining contestants, 5 got it right, but Paul (with a time of 4.89 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Paul's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If you dress elegantly, you are said to be "putting on the" what?
• A: Saltines • B: Nabisco
• C: Ritz • D: Potato sack
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following things would a person most likely to use for relief during a summer heatwave?
• A: Down jacket • B: Air conditioner
• C: Electric blanket • D: Flame thrower
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the popular children's song "Bingo," what kind of animal is Bingo?
• A: Dog • B: Cat
• C: Lizard • D: Gambler
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the most common source of natural rubber?
• A: Trees • B: Animal hooves
• C: Oil • D: Clay
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What method is used to keep a company's internal computer network secure from public scrutiny?
• A: Proxy server • B: Ethernet
• C: DSL line • D: Fire wall
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What performer won a 1998 Grammy for his album "The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000"?
• A: Billy Crystal • B: Mel Brooks
• C: Jackie Mason • D: Rodney Dangerfield
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What part of the horseradish plant is used to make the condiment of the same name?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Leaves • B: Stalk
• C: Flower • D: Root
Paul didn't know, however he had an idea, but he decided to call Barbara for help. Barbara was almost sure it was a root, Paul's thought was the same, he went with his mother and won $4,000.
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The fans of what talk show host call themselves "Dittoheads"?
• A: Don Imus • B: Larry Elder
• C: Rush Limbaugh • D: Art Bell
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
On what continent would you find the Nubian Desert?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: South America • B: Australia
• C: Asia • D: Africa
Ask the Audience Results: A: 7% • B: 15% • C: 7% • D: 71%
Paul used the Ask the Audience with the majority saying it's Africa. He went with the audience and won $16,000.
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these characters from "The Simpsons" is not named for a member of creator Matt Groening's family?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Homer • B: Bart
• C: Maggie • D: Lisa
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was President of the United States between Grover Cleveland's two nonconsecutive terms?
• A: Benjamin Harrison • B: William McKinley
• C: Rutherford B. Hayes • D: Chester Alan Arthur
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these characters is still alive at the end of Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"?
• A: Laertes • B: Horatio
• C: Ophelia • D: Hamlet
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What was Elvis Presley's military rank upon his discharge from the Army?
• A: Private First Class • B: Corporal
• C: Buck Sergeant • D: Staff Sergeant
He decided to walk away with $125,000 since he had no idea. His guess though would've been A. He would've been wrong as the answer was C: Buck Sergeant.


  • Paul's companion, his brother Mark, was a FFF finalist on the October 12, 2000 show. He did not make it into the hot seat, however.


Preceded by
Steven Ponall
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Paul McCallon
Succeeded by
David Wright