Who is Scott Shive?

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A Taylor County native who will appear on Jeopardy.

By Neila Schuhmann

Scott Shive had the opportunity to experience what is a lifelong dream for many television game show enthusiasts.

A Taylor County native, Shive will appear as a contestant on the game show "Jeopardy" tomorrow.

Shive, 34, who says he occasionally watches the show, saw an advertisement for prospective contestants and took the online test in January.

"I thought I'd take it," Shive said, "but I didn't think I did very well."

Shive received a letter via e-mail in April, though at first, he overlooked it because it went into his e-mail's spam filter.

In June, Shive traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for what he called "Jeopardy 101." This mock taping experience was meant to help producers narrow the playing field.

"They're not just looking for smart people, they look for how you would look on television."

Contestants who were on hand in Cleveland were told they may or may not be called back anytime in the next 18 months.

Shive received his callback in September. The caller asked him what he was doing on Election Day, to which he responded "I'm going to vote." He was asked to go to Los Angeles, Calif.

He said the show's producers only tape on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, filming five shows each day. He arrived at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. on Nov. 4.

"I am having my 15 minutes of fame, but nobody knows about it yet," Shive said.

He said the taping of the show "was more laid back" than he thought it would be. Shive said he tried to relax before going on stage by finding a corner and saying a prayer.

"I can't remember much about the actual game," Shive said. "I guess I was so pumped with adrenaline ..."

The only two categories he really recalls were "weather" and "Scarlett Johansson."

Shive said the producers strive to make the contestants feel comfortable and told each they wanted them to do well.

"They realize for a lot of people who are there, it's their life goal to be on Jeopardy, so they are really considerate."

Shive said many people have asked him about Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

"Alex Trebek doesn't interact with the contestants much as not to compromise the game."

Shive said Trebek was an excellent host and only had to be re-taped twice for mispronouncing a word in the often-difficult questions.

Following the show, Shive said Trebek spent time with the contestants and had a photo taken with each.

As for how well Shive fared on the show, audiences will have to watch to find out. He is not allowed to discuss the results until after tomorrow's airing.

- Social Writer Neila Schuhmann can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 224 or by e-mail at cknj@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.

When to watch

Catch Campbellsville native Scott Shive will appear on Jeopardy tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on WLKY - channel 32 or WKYT - channel 27.