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Tom O'Brien, a PR manager for an ad agency from Chicago, Illinois, was a contestant on season 1 of the US version of the show on June 7th & 11th, 2000. He walked away with $500,000.

WWTBAM RunEdit

Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these North American rivers in geographic order from northernmost to southernmost.
• A: Rio Grande • B: Platte
• C: Yukon • D: St. Larence

From the 9 remaining contestants, 7 got it right, but Tom (with a time of 5.06 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-B-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Tom's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If you're skeptical about something, you should "take it with a grain of" what?
• A: Sand • B: Sugar
• C: Salt • D: MSG


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a story often told to young children, what bird delivers babies?
• A: Eagle • B: Stork
• C: Ostrich • D: San Diego Chicken


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
The curved tube breathing device used by surface swimmers is called what?
• A: Snorkel • B: Flipper
• C: Fin • D: Sea straw


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the boxing acronym "KO" stand for?
• A: Kick out • B: Key opponent
• C: Keel over • D: Knock out


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
If it is 12:00 noon in New York City, what time is it in Salt Lake City, Utah?
• A: 9:00 AM • B: 10:00 AM
• C: 11:00 AM • D: 12:00 AM


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the guitar part that connects the head of the guitar to its body?
• A: Peg • B: Bridge
• C: Fret • D: Neck


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following types of furniture is also the name of a historical empire?
• A: Ottoman • B: Futon
• C: Credenze • D: Armoire


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
On what part of the body would you traditionally wear an epaulet?
• A: Head • B: Wrist
• C: Shoulder • D: Foot


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is known for wearing what color glasses?
• A: White • B: Gold
• C: Red • D: Green


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What instrument is musician Yo-Yo Ma famous for playing?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Cello - 66% • B: Piano - 13%
• C: Flute - 17% • D: Guitar - 4%


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is currently the youngest US Supreme Court justice?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Stephen Breyer • B: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
• C: David Souter • D: Clarence Thomas
Tom decided to call his friend and lawyer Dave, who was pretty sure it was Clarence Thomas. He decided to go with him and won $64,000.


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Of the following mammals, which can hear the highest sound frequencies?
• A: Dogs • B: Bats
• C: Cats • D: Humans


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The "Gadsden Purchase" of 1853 included land that became part of which two US states?
• A: Washington, Oregon • B: North Dakota, Montana
• C: Utah, Nevada • D: Arizona, New Mexico


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Completed in 1995, what European landmark did the artist Christo wrap in fabric?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Big Ben • B: The Louvre
• C: The Reichstag • D: La Scala
The klaxon called time and Tom would return on $500,000 with no lifelines available.


$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Before the American colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar, on what date did their new year start?
• A: March 25 • B: July 1
• C: September 25 • D: December 1
Tom did not know the answer, and did not want to become the first $468,000 loser. Therefore, he decided to walk away with $500,000. His guess would've been A: March 25, and he would've won a million dollars.

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Preceded by
Lisa Feldmeier
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Tom O'Brien
Succeeded by
Allen Harris

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