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An employee with the Internal Revenue Service, John sat across the iconic host Regis Philbin and answered the first two questions correctly but unfortunately, the time-up siren echoed across the studio and he had to wait it out one more night to emerge as the winner. No lifelines used, whatsoever! A feat so astoundingly incredible that no one has been able to replicate the same in all these years and no one did it before John appeared on the show too and chances of the same happening in the near future are slim.
Once his father came on the line, he blurted out the most mind-blowingly iconic sentence, "Hi, Dad. It's been 20 years but the clip of him winning the show has millions of views on YouTube over the years. People still tweet about him winning the show and search for his accounts to ask him about his composed attitude on the show. Reflecting on his win, John mentions that it was a "whirlwind" experience.
He also added that he doesn't exactly remember how he concocted the sentence that he told his dad on the phone and it was just a spontaneous in the moment kind of a thing. If I lived somewhere else, maybe it would be different. He leads a pretty normal life currently, plays trivia at the local brewery and one of his teammates just recently discovered that he was the winner of "Millionaire".
I decided I had to try to get on. At the time of his appearance on Millionaire , he was 31 years old and worked as a collections agent as a revenue officer for the U. When he revealed his profession as an IRS officer, Carpenter was playfully booed by the audience. Carpenter was supported in the audience by Debbie on both his original run and on Champions Edition. Host Regis Philbin described Carpenter as having "cruised right through those first fourteen questions," as he had proceeded to reach the final question without using any of his lifelines.
Presidents appeared on the television series ' Laugh-In '? Carpenter used his Phone-A-Friend lifeline to call his father not for help, but rather to inform him that he was going to win the million dollars. In an interview, Carpenter later said of this moment, "I thought I'd look so cocky if I didn't use any lifelines, so I faked it.
A lot of people thought so and they were right. It just happened that I was very lucky that I wasn't asked any questions on anything that I'm not strong in. Carpenter didn't mind, though. I'd have dropped my pants to have been on that show. With his win, Carpenter became the first contestant in the worldwide Millionaire franchise to win the show's top prize.
He said that the only question that had flustered him was one which asked for the location of the Gunfight at the O. Carpenter eventually remembered that the film Tombstone included the gunfight, and he replied correctly with the answer 'Tombstone, Arizona'. While taking a vacation after his win, Carpenter considered quitting his job with the IRS, but eventually decided against it.
He explained to Kiplinger's Personal Finance that "after the taxes, it's not change-your-life kind of money if you want to eat every day. What happens afterwards might. He previously appeared in the May 21, episode, but didn't make it into the hot seat. He explained to Kiplinger's Personal Finance that "after the taxes, it's not change-your-life kind of money if you want to eat every day".
Shortly after winning on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Donald Trump, played by Darrell Hammond, announced that Carpenter would be his running-mate in the presidential election. By that time, he had representation to navigate the large number of media and appearance requests that were coming in.
But at first he had no idea things would escalate. Carpenter appeared as himself in a episode of Oz season 4, episode 9, "Medium Rare". The show within the show is hosted by Gordon Elliott, with Eartha Kitt appearing as a celebrity participant. With Rod L. The book was published by Berkley Books in He was with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. He appeared as part of the Mob seat 16 on the Game Show 1 vs.
Carpenter appeared on the August 16, episode of Millionaire in prime time for its tenth anniversary , in the audience with him was his dad, his wife, and their son. Additionally, he was also the first expert in the " Ask the Expert " lifeline for the eighth season of the syndicated series. In a interview, Carpenter stated he had semi-retired from participating in game shows, saying "I've met other Millionaires who are really into game shows and quiz shows, but that's just not me.
I'm not part of the trivia lifestyle. I don't really have a burning desire to be on another one. One is that I was publicly humiliated on national TV for getting an answer wrong, and the other is that I brought the poor woman playing down with me. Carpenter appears to be somewhat grateful to be out of the spotlight. I'm sort of like the TV weatherman. But the show did change his career at the agency. Before being on the show, he had been in collections.
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Out of 8 contestants, 3 got it right, but John with a time of 5. Where should choking victims place their hands to indicate to others that they need help? Which of these dance names is used to describe a fashionable dot? In what "language" would you say "ello-hay" to greet your friends? What part of a chicken is commonly called the "drumstick"? What is the only position on a football team that can be "sacked"?
What god of love is often depicted as a chubby winged infant with a bow and arrow? What Steven Spielberg film climaxes at a place called Devil's Tower? T: The Extra-Terrestrial. John answered this question by recalling the scene where Richard Dreyfuss makes a model of Devil's Tower with his mashed potatoes, and answered D: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
This promoted a humorous response from Reigis, who said "Not only do you know, you also gave us the mashed potatoes in there too!
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