Pleasant Ridge Resident Appearing Friday on Jeopardy!


Pleasant Ridge Resident Appearing Friday on Jeopardy!

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 26, 2018)

Pleasant Ridge, MI – Elizabeth Ellis Goss has a husband, six kids, and an entire community full of people rooting for her as she takes her brainpower before a nation-wide television audience on Friday evening to compete on Jeopardy!

If there is a category for Classical Music, Goss would certainly have an edge. Before her busy family life, she worked as a classical music radio announcer.

She’s also got a Master’s Degree in philosophy from the University of Texas, which is where she met her husband Max. Homeschooling a family with kids aged 13, 11, 8, 8, 6, and 16 months has also given Goss the chance to keep her skills fresh in many subjects. American History, Biology, State Capitals – she helped teach them all.

“My older kids love to watch Jeopardy and my oldest was just old enough to try out for the teen tournament, so we decided to both take the test this year,” she said. “I’d taken the test a couple of times before, but had never gotten invited to audition, so I was really thrilled to get the email invitation.

“The audition process itself is really fun. It was held in July at the Book Cadillac. My group had about 40 people in it from all over the Midwest. We took another test and then played the game against each other with the same type of signaling device that’s on the show.

“I just really enjoyed the whole experience. It’s stressful and intense, but the camaraderie with the other players and the kindness of the staff were so wonderful.”

The question Goss gets most often is if there was a book to study from. Her response: “No book. You just go with what you know and what you can learn in a few weeks after you get the call to be on the show!”

Jeopardy airs Friday night at 7:30pm on WDIV.

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