March 5, 2003: Headlines: COS - Costa Rica: Television: Daily Freeman: Costa Rica RPCV Joe Ingoglia appears on "Jeopardy" Television Show

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Costa Rica RPCV Joe Ingoglia appears on "Jeopardy" Television Show

Costa Rica RPCV Joe Ingoglia appears on "Jeopardy" Television Show

Former local resident enjoys two-day stint on 'Jeopardy'
By Donna Cafaldo, Correspondent March 05, 2003
Joe Ingoglia, a former New Paltz resident, appeared twice this week on Jeopardy.

ANSWER: A New Paltz High School graduate who appeared this week on the game show "Jeopardy."

Question: Who is Joe Ingoglia?

Ingoglia, 34, a 1986 graduate of New Paltz, was first on Monday night's installment of the popular answer-and-question game show and emerged victorious. He returned for Tuesday's night's broadcast but was unable to retain his crown. His two-day winnings: $3,800.

Ingoglia, who attended SUNY New Paltz after high school and spent two years with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, currently works as director of the Boys and Girls Club in Bellingham, Wash. His mother, Connie DePuy, still lives in New Paltz and said Joe has "been an avid fan of the game show since he was a kid."

DePuy said her son's job worked is his favor during the show's contestant search.

"They seemed intrigued with his profession," DePuy said, noting that "Jeopardy" tries to showcase a variety of people.

Last September, "Jeopardy" staffers were in the Seattle area searching for contestants, and Ingoglia decided to give it a shot. He passed a 50-question test, then immediately was given a screen test, which he also passed, his mother said.

"They told Joe it could be up to one year before they might call him to do a show," DePuy said, "but they called him only a month later."

The shows were taped Nov. 16 in Los Angeles, where Ingoglia was accompanied by his wife, Erin, and 2-year-old daughter, Petra.

On Tuesday night's broadcast - which aired locally at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV 7 in New York City and 7:30 p.m. on WTEN-TV 10 in Albany - Ingoglia was tied for second place at the end of the game's first round and led his opponents more than halfway into the second round. But he slipped back to second place by the end of that round and responded incorrectly in "Final Jeopardy." (Answer: In 1911, this nation was the first to use powered aircraft when it spied on Turkish activities in Libya. Correct question: What is Italy? Ingoglia's response: What is Germany?)

Ingoglia had $6,800 going into "Final Jeopardy" on Tuesday and wagered $6,799. That left him with a scant $1, which was added to the $3,799 he won on Monday's show.

Tuesday's game was won by Anthony Trifilio, a construction worker from Brooklyn.

DePuy said the tapings for each show lasted 30-40 minutes, and her son told her "it went by so fast."

But "he said he had a lot of fun," she said.

Ingoglia's stint on "Jeopardy" was one of two appearances on national television this week by people who used to live in Ulster County.

On Monday, former Kingston resident Stephen Savona appeared on the Fox-TV reality show "Married By America."

©Daily Freeman 2003

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