Local man is a ‘Jeopardy!’ champion
By Tia Carol jones Correspondent October 21, 2013 6:22PM
Supporters for Nolan Martsch turn out Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at 5th Quarter in Homewood to watch his appearance on "Jeopardy!" | Supplied photo
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:27AM
Nolan K. Martch can add “Jeopardy!” champion to his resume.
Martch, a 27-year old Homewood native who rehabs homes, said he tried to learn as much as he could, but Jeopardy isn’t something for which you can study.
“I had it all in me, it’s just what you can remember,” Martch said.
Martch, a Homewood native, competed on the trivia television show which aired on Friday, Oct. 18, and Monday, Oct. 21. The only part that was tough, he said, was keeping it a secret from his parents, Jan and Ken Martch.
Jan and Ken Martch said seeing the support for their son was unbelievable.
To celebrate his appearance, 5th Quarter and Pressroom Eatery, 18105 Dixie Highway, in Homewood hosted watch parties on Friday and Monday. Wearing “Who is Nolan Martch?” T-shirts, his supporters cheered when he answered correctly and jeered when he got an answer wrong.
“It was really impressive seeing how many people supported him,” Ken Martch said.
Jan said she is not surprised her son made it to Jeopardy.
“He was always smart as a whip, when we play Jeopardy at home, he knows all the answers,” she said.
Nolan’s aunt, Sandy Martch, who is the co-owner of 5th Quarter, said that at age 4, Nolan could recite all the capitol cities of every state. She said she was proud of her nephew for competing on Jeopardy!, whether he won or lost.
“It’s more exciting than the Super Bowl, and we’re a sports bar,” she said.
Janet Nemitz, owner of 5th Quarter, said she has known Nolan since he was little. His mother worked there and he worked there while he was in school. She said Nolan is a neat guy, who is very smart but very unassuming.
“He would come to 5th Quarter and watch Jeopardy. He would say the answers under his breath,” Nemitz said.
Martch’s two-day total was $4,000. He said he would do something fun with the money, pay some bills or even take a trip.
“You never really imagine it,” said Nolan. “I don’t think it’ll ever sink in.”