Smyrna attorney to compete on Jeopardy! tonight
by Rachel Miller
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Anil Kamal Foreman of Smyrna and longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.<br>Special to the MDJ
Anil Kamal Foreman of Smyrna and longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
Special to the MDJ
SMYRNA — After spending 10 hours a week studying for her appearance on the syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! that airs tonight, a Smyrna attorney said her time on the stage flew by.

Anil Kamal Foreman, who turns 30 next month, said she cannot reveal how well she did in the episode, which was recorded in August in Culver City, Calif., outside of Los Angeles.

Foreman said the other contestants were not overly contentious, making the experience less intense and more fun than she thought it would be.

“It felt like playing a game with friends,” Foreman said. “It was a fantastic experience and everyone should do it.”

A contestant’s success is more about skill than smarts, Foreman said, because of the timing for buzzing in.

The trick is waiting until the entire question is read, otherwise a click of the red button is blocked out, Foreman said.

“That quarter of a second lapse is enough for another person to respond,” Foreman said.

Foreman said host Alex Trebek was an “awesome guy” who answered questions from the audience between takes.

Trebek even mentioned an obscure science fact that showed he is “not just reading from cards,” but has a lot of knowledge, Foreman said.

A line of questions

Foreman, who graduated in 2001 from the Roman Catholic, college preparatory Marist School in Atlanta, studied English literature at Barnard College in New York City and then earned a law degree from the University of Georgia.

Forman said she was on an academic team in high school and Jeopardy! was one of the few television programs her parents allowed her to watch.

In January, her younger sister, Chinue, convinced Foreman to take Jeopardy!’s online test, which asked 50 questions in less than 10 minutes.

Foreman said her weakness was any pop culture reference after 2006.

In April, she was invited to a live audition in Huntsville, Ala., which is where her maternal grandparents live. The audition was over Mother’s Day weekend.

The audition consisted of a written test, a mock game and an interview portion, when Foreman said she spoke about her first, and only, flying lesson that she did not have the stomach for.

In July, Foreman was told she would be taking the stage, which was both exciting and panick-inducing, she said.

Foreman said she spent the next few weeks brushing up on the United States presidents from the late 1800s and sports trivia.

To ensure Foreman was prepped, her grandmother called to ask, “Do you know the books of the Bible?”

Her dad asked, “Who discovered the proton?” and her mother would call asking Foreman to identify parts of the human body, she said.

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