Do you love puzzles and trivia? We bet you don’t love them as much as Ken Jennings, the all-time Jeopardy! champion who swept the nation in 2004. Born just outside of Seattle in 1974, Jennings grew up overseas where his father worked as an attorney. During the 15 years he spent in Korea and Singapore, his only lifeline to American pop culture was the Armed Forces Network, where he watched Jeopardy! religiously after school.
Jennings is the opening keynote speaker at this year’s AIHce EXP and also will be signing copies of his latest book in the AIHA booth (#1211) on Monday from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
While double majoring in English and computer science at Brigham Young University, Jennings captained the university’s academic competition team, which consistently finished in the top ten at national quiz bowl tournaments. Post-graduation, Jennings’ childhood dream of appearing on Jeopardy! was realized while he was working as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City healthcare staffing company.
Since his six-month Jeopardy! run, Jennings has been keeping busy. He speaks about the importance of learning at college campuses and corporate events, and has co-invented two trivia games. He has released the book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs about his bizarre Jeopardy! adventures and about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, as well as Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, a book about the allure of geography. His latest book is Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.