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Williamsburg B&B pops up on “Jeopardy”
Release Date: 12/25/2004
B&B pops up on “Jeopardy”
By Paul Aron
WILLIAMSBURG---The category was “Travel Fun.” The amount was $1,000.
The answer, as read by “Jeopardy’s” Alex Trebek, was: “Have a candlelit breakfast directly in your room at Governor’s Trace Bed & Breakfast in this famous colonial capital of Virginia.”
The question, of course, was, “What is Williamsburg?”
Dick Lake of Governor’s Trace, the B&B on Capitol Landing Road, got a call Tuesday morning from “Jeopardy” advising him that his B&B would be one of the answers on the show airing that very evening. It had been taped weeks earlier.
At first, Lake thought it was a friend playing a joke. He watched TV that night, just in case. When the “Travel Fun” category was down to one answer, he couldn’t help but wonder. “I thought maybe they weren’t telling the truth,” he said.
Then came the Williamsburg question.
“I just said, ‘Yes!’” recalled Lake. And the contestant got it right.
“We may have had a guest who stayed with us who worked on the show or had a contact there,” Lake guessed. “Or they may have thought the name ‘Governor’ was a clue.”
The show’s following grew earlier this year, when contestant Ken Jennings won 74 consecutive games and $2.5 million.
The mention hasn’t led yet to a jump in Lake’s bookings. Still, he’s happy with the mention.
“As tourism is going, it’s refreshing that folks do remember us,” he said. It’s good for the town to have this pop up on national TV.”
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