by Alex Ashe

News and views from inside the media bubble

Greensboro editor competes on “Jeopardy!”

The deck at Kickback Jacks in Greensboro was jammed with friends of Britta Waller and her husband, Noel Melton, on Monday evening, with standing room only. Waller, an editor at Pace Communications, was celebrating her appearance on the TV quiz show “Jeopardy!” The outcome has been a closely held secret since the couple traveled to Culver City, Calif. for taping earlier this summer.

The crowd cheered throatily when host Alex Trebek introduced Waller on the program during the 30-minute segment and booed her two competitors with equal gusto.

Waller competed with poise, but competitor Andrew Moore took a more aggressive approach, playing with intense focus and hitting the buzzer with frequency.

Waller scored points with, “Who’s Charlie?” (responding to a question about a leg cramp), “What are air bubble?” (referencing a process in chocolate production) and “What is fair trade?” Her supporters cheered heartily when Trebek mentioned that Waller hails from Greensboro, and then erupted in boos when the bio was interrupted by a severe thunderstorm warning.

When the dust settled after Final Jeopardy, Waller was holding $4,200 and second place, falling short to Moore.

Notwithstanding the denomination displayed as her score, she will receive a $2,000 check in the mail.

“It was so much fun — that was the number-one thing,” Waller said after the segment aired. “It was about 200,000 to 1 that I would get on. That was really an honor. I felt proud of how I did.”

The pressure was intense, Waller said, adding that she felt as if she could hear her competitors thinking as they stood beside her.

“Two hours after the taping I felt overwhelmed; I felt like I should have done better,” Waller said. “But I’m really happy to be here celebrating with my friends.”