RV history received brief attention during Tuesday’s (Dec. 7) telecast of the “Jeopardy!” game show on CBS.
Five questions on the RV industry, filmed in August at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., appeared in the opening Jeopardy round under the category “RVs.”
For reasons known only by the three contestants, a home-based health counselor, a police dispatcher and a museum coordinator, the three contestants held off picking the RVs category until near the end of the round, and only three clues were revealed before time expired and the round ended.
Here are the three clues that were revealed. The answers appear below:
$200 clue: The GMC motorhome from the 1960s and 1970s was among the first models to have this innovation that helps with traction by putting the engine’s weight over the wheels that do the work. (Early GMC motorhome displayed.)
$400 clue: I’m behind the wheel of the first motorhome from the company whose name has become a synonym for motorhome. Since 1967, they’ve sold over 400,000 of them. (Clue giver shown inside an early model Class A motorhome.)
$600 clue: One of the first times a movie star received a fancy trailer as a perk was in 1931. Paramont gave a Chevy house car to this sexy star as she left the stage to make movies like “She Done Him Wrong.” (Black and white photograph of the actress was shown in tandem with the clue.)
$200 answer: front-wheel drive
$400 answer: Winnebago
$600 answer: Mae West
While the RV community came together in force June 7 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., to celebrate the industry’s 100th anniversary, the RV Centennial Celebration is much more than a single event. In fact, it continues tonight (Dec. 7) on a nationwide stage as Alex Trebek, host of the popular game show “Jeopardy!” quizzes contestants about the 100 years of RVing.
After convincing the show’s producers to include RVing as a category, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and its marketing communications agency Barton Gilanelli & Associates worked with the show to develop questions and answers as well as coordinating a video shoot at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum this past summer.
“This is an industry ‘first’ and we’re very excited to have our history featured in a stand-alone category,” said Gary LaBella, RVIA vice president and chief marketing officer.
To determine the time and channel of the show’s airing, check your local listings.
RVs will be one of the categories during an upcoming broadcast of “Jeopardy!” CBS’s popular quiz show.
On Dec. 9 long-standing host Alex Trebek will give three contestants a chance to test their knowledge of one of America’s popular pastimes.
The “Jeopardy!” Clue Crew visited the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., in August to film a full set of clues all related to RVing.
“The show approached us,” Al Hesselbart, historian at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, told RVBUSINESS.com. “We have been so well promoted this past year as a center for the celebration for the RV Centennial. We have had a lot of air time for all kinds of different media.”
The questions were filmed at closing time so there was no need to close the hall of fame to visitors.
“The filming did not interfere with museum operations,” Hesselbart said. “We have shot a dozen TV-related things in here and have not needed to close down for any shoots.”
The Clue Crew, including two of its three roving correspondents, Jimmy McGuire and Kelly Miyahara, took about seven hours to complete the shoot. Since the Clue Crew’s creation in 2001, the team has recorded clues in over 200 different cities, spanning 45 states and 33 countries.
“It was really startling to me to observe them,” said Tom McNulty, hall of fame vice president, who was there to host the crew. “They did a bang up job. I thought it was really fun and they were very appreciative of us.”
Neither Hesselbart nor McNulty tipped us off as to any of the answers — or questions.