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Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 17:47:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sreenath Sreenivasan 
To: SAJA E-Mail Discussion Lists Subject: [saja] MEDIA APP: Babu & Apu [Buy your tickets online for the SAJA Convention today! June 22-24 in NYC.
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Details at ] From SAJA E-mail Discussion List Dissecting American Media Now (D.A.M.N.) Various list options: [MEDIA APP = Media appereances by South Asians] Folks: I had meant to write this note earlier in the week. Started to, but didn't find time until this quiet, drizzlingly dull afternoon. Two Wednesdays ago, there was a desi contestant on Jeopardy!, the long-running syndicated TV quiz show. Not just any desi, but a Srinivasan. Babu Srinivasan. He spells his last name incorrectly and is not related to me, but he turned out to be one smart guy (perhaps he's so smart because we aren't related). He won the contest that day, and went on to win four succeeding shows that Thursday, Friday, then this past Monday and Tuesday. I didn't watch all the segments, but did catch the end of his Tuesday appearance. He won Tuesday night as well, taking home a total of more than $75,000 in cash and a Corvette. Jeopardy doesn't allow you to win more than five times, so he was asked to move on, but he does get to return in the fall for the "tournament of champions" where he will compete with other five-time winners. Each day during his reign, I would get more and more friends and colleagues asking me if I was related to Babu -- which tells you how many people still watch this show in the age of the much more glamorous "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "Weakest Link." On Tuesday, after Jeopardy ended at 7:30 on WABC-7 here in NY, I switched to watch a Simpsons rerun on Fox-5 and it was an episode that some of you may have seen before: Apu doesn't want to marry the girl his mother has found for him, so pretends to be married to Marge (he evetually gets married in a Hindu ceremony). Taken together, it made for a rather surreal desi-filled hour of television in the media capital of America. More on that Simpsons episode, which features the first appearance of Manjula, Apu's wife-to-be... "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" Official guide: Unofficial guide: More on Jeopardy!: cheers, sreenath sreenivasan | 212-854-5979 To receive the free, monthly "Sree Tips" e-mail newsletter, send your name and e-mail address to Once a month you will receive a message with tips and tricks about new, useful and fun Web sites. See the archives at GOT THREE MINUTES? See my "Tech Guru" segments on WABC-Channel 7 in the New York area... Every Thursday at 6:45ish in the morning Archives of past topics on the Web at Don't forget to check out the site of June's SAJA CONVENTION: