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Robert "Bob-O" Essig, from Ashtabula, Ohio, was a contestant on Super Millionaire on February 22-23, 2004. He walked away with $1,000,000.

Super Millionaire Run Edit

Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these "one hit wonder" songs in the order they were first released, starting with the earliest.
• A: I'm Too Sexy • B: Come on Eileen
• C: Don't Worry Be Happy • D: Tubthumping

From the 9 contestants, 2 got it right, but Robert (with a time of 5.55 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-C-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Robert's Run to the Million Edit

$1,000 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In a 2000 hit song, the Baha Men ask the now-famous question "Who let the" what "out"?
• A: Boys • B: Noise
• C: Dogs • D: Hilton sisters

$2,000 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In February 2004, who quit her job at NC News to focus on her duties as first lady of California?
• A: Ann Curry • B: Jane Pauley
• C: Andrea Mitchell • D: Maria Shriver

$3,000 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
"Picking up a 7-10 split" is considered the most difficult shot in what sport?
• A: Billiards • B: Archery
• C: Darts • D: Bowling

$4,000 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What term, coined in the '90s, is often used by the media to refer to chic, well-groomed men?
• A: Metrosexual • B: Machosexual
• C: Androsexual • D: Demisexual

$5,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The subject of a famous Revolutionary War poem, the 'shot heard round the world' was fired in what U.S. state?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: North Carolina • B: Virginia
• C: Delaware • D: Massachussetts
Ask the Audience Results: A: 2% • B: 21% • C: 9% • D: 68%

$10,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
While hosting the 1995 Oscars, who made the infamous introduction "Uma, Oprah, Oprah, Uma"?
• A: Steve Martin • B: David Letterman
• C: Whoopi Goldberg • D: Billy Crystal

$20,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the "C" stand for in the medical term "CAT scan"?
• A: Collected • B: Computerized
• C: Cardiac • D: Cranial
The klaxon called time, and Robert would return on $20,000 with 2 lifelines still available

$30,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What movie's title character claims to "have a head for business and a bod for sin"?
• A: Working Girl • B: Tootsie
• C: Pretty Woman • D: Mrs. Doubtfire

$50,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Chinese calendar, January 22, 2004 marked the first day of the Year of the what?
"Phone-A-Friend" lifeline used.
• A: Rabbit • B: Dragon
• C: Tiger • D: Monkey
Robert didn't know, so he decided to phone his father-in-law Mike, who said D and was 100% sure of it. Then, Robert made the infamous line "I'm gonna trust you dad. If you're wrong, I know where you live and I have your wife," and went with him. He got it right, and won $50,000.

$100,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not one of England's famous literary Brontë sisters?
"50:50" lifeline used.
• A: Catherine • B: Anne
• C: Emily • D: Charlotte
Robert knew C and D were Brontë sisters, and after pondering some time, decided to use his 50:50, which left A and C. Therefore, he went with A and won $100,000

$500,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 120-count box of Crayola crayons, which of the following is not the name of a crayon color?
"Three Wise Men" lifeline used.
• A: Fuzzy wuzzy brown • B: Mauvelous
• C: Asparagus • D: Gray matter
Robert didn't know, so he decided to ask the Three Wise Men: Abby Salny, Drew Pinsky and John Carpenter, who said they would go on D in the nick of time, but they weren't so sure about it. He went with them, and got it right, winning $500,000.

$1,000,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What scientist first determined that human sight results from images projected onto the retina?
"Double Dip" lifeline used.
• A: Galileo • B: Copernicus
• C: Johannes Kepler • D: Isaac Newton
Johannes Kepler made the most sense to Robert, but he was not quite sure. Despite the risk of losing $400,000, he decided to use his Double Dip and made C: Johannes Kepler his first guess, which turned out to be correct.

$2,500,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The last known sighting of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was on July 30, 1975 at what Michigan restaurant's parking lot?
• A: Machus Red Fox • B: Big Daddy's Parthenon
• C: Beau Jacks Restaurant • D: Salvatore Scallopini
Robert had seen the movie about it, but he had no idea what the name of the restaurant was, so he decided to walk away with $1,000,000. He would have guessed C, but the correct answer was A: Machus Red Fox


  • Robert appeared on the 10th anniversary celebration of the show, along with other previous Million Dollar Winners. Regis Philbin could not remember that he liked to be called Bob-o.
  • Robert is the only person, to date, to win a million dollars on the show, but not be a top prize winner.
  • He was the only person to win more than $500,000 during Super Millionaire's short run.
Preceded by
Todd Kim
Super Millionaire contestants
Robert Essig
Succeeded by
Liz Simon

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