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What's in a Signature? A Look at Penmanship of 'Jeopardy' Contestants

 

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Our personalities are conveyed by the clothes we wear, how we style our hair, the diction we use, etc.  Another indicator is how we write our name.  Some friends tell me that their first impression of someone is created by the condition of their shoes.  As for me, I sometime make a snap judgement from they way someone scribbles their name on a name tag.  And this applies to my perception of contestants on Jeopardy, as I'm fascinated by how they write their names on the screen that's on the podium they stand behind. 

 

For the most part, these signatures are nondescript, but a few stand out.  Some contestants use all capital letters, others write in cursive, some mix these two styles, while others embellish certain letters or draw a slash or squiggle underneath to add some pizazz to a name like John or Sally.  If I were a contestant, this is how I'd sign my name:  

 

Rob

 

One thing I've learned is that a standout signature isn't predictive of how a contestant will do on the show.  For example, Amy Schneider's wasn't the least bit flashy; James Holzhauer was always changing his in amusing ways; and Matt Amadio had a winsome curlicue to start his 'M', but the overall presentation of his name belied the manner in which he bulldozed over his fellow contestants for 38 matches.

 

 Jan 26_amy

  1 James Holzhauer

 Sept 2021 matt amodio


In the nearly 40 years of Jeopardy telecasts in the "modern" era  (i.e., since Alex Trebek) there have been approximately 22,000 contestants, so I've barely scratched the surface with the signatures I've seen. Of course, this is an absolutely subjective exercise (and opens a window into my personality).  Sometimes my aesthetic radar is activated by the overall look, in other cases my interest comes from the design of one or two letters.  With that said, here are some of my favorites:

 

- Neat & Simple -

  1 college tourn - megan

 

1 feb 4 - molly

 

1 feb 14 - carrie

 

1 - feb 21 - henry

 

1 - feb 22 - hieu

 

 Kara

 Apr 6 - vernon

 Apr 7 - mike

 

- Cursive -

 

1 feb 2 - ben

 1 feb 3 - emma

    1 feb 7 - jennifer
 

1 dec 2021 gautam

 

Mar 1 - margaret

 

Mar 9 - sallie

 March 15 - ariel

 Mar 30 - jackie

 

- A Flourish or Two -

 1 feb 10 - kelsey


 

1 feb 14 - hung

 

1 jan 31 - jay

 

1 - yoshie

 

 1 feb 7 - lawrence

 Mar 3 - louis

 

- ALL CAPS -
 

1 Francois

 

1 feb 3 - zach

 

1 jan 26 - rhone

 1 - shawn

 

1 - robert

Feb 25 - max

 

Maddie

 

 Feb 28 - joel

 

Apr 8 - tom

Mar 28 - ryan

 

 Ken jennings

 

And then here are some that left me much less uninspired ...

 

Kerry

 

College tournament - matt

x Sam

 

Feb 17 - matt

 

Feb 9 - james

 

 

 

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