Answer: He is a CSU graduate student who will be appearing on
Question: Who is Russ Schumacher?
Schumacher, an atmospheric science major, will appear on the
television show at 3:30 p.m. on Denver’s KMGH Channel 7.
“I’ve kind of watched since I was a kid, I’ve been good at
remembering random things,” Schumacher said.
Although Schumacher had to apply and pass a test to get on the
show back in January and the show was filmed in August, it will be
Schumacher said that he was fairly lucky in getting on to the
show after his first time applying.
“You have to take a test. I didn’t think I was going to pass,
but I did. That was back in January,” he said.
He had to pay for his own accommodations and airfare to get to
the show, which was filmed in Culver City, Calif., at the Sony
“It was a lot of fun just to be there,” Schumacher said. “It was
a really fun experience; it’s all kind of a blur right now.”
Today Schumacher plans on going to a restaurant with a group of
friends to watch the show, even though he has known the results for
quite some time now.
“I was really excited for him because he’s wanted to do this
since he was a little boy,” said Andrea Saunders, Schumacher’s
girlfriend and a master’s student in the atmospheric science
“He was definitely nervous, but he tends to handle things in a
very cool manner,” Saunders said. She said that Schumacher’s family
went out with him as well, adding support.
Christian Kummerow, an associate professor in the atmospheric
science department, had Schumacher as a student, and was glad he
had the opportunity to be on the show.
“That’s great for him. He’s a good student, we wish him well,”
Maggie Speak, “Jeopardy’s” contestant coordinator, worked with
Schumacher when he went out for the taping of the show.
“He did really well, he was really a lot of fun to work with,”
Speak said there are a lot of younger adults who try out for the
show and having university students on the show is not that
uncommon. Speak encourages students who are older than 18 years old
to try out.
“We see over 20,000 a year, we use approximately 400 a season,”
Speak said in reference to how many people nationwide try to get on
Richard Johnson, a professor in the atmospheric science
department, has had Schumacher as a student and was excited for him
to be on the show.
“He’s an outstanding student, I think it’s great that he’s doing
that,” Johnson said.