Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Ten Minutes with Austin Rogers

A Jeopardy Winner



Photo by Sally Semonite Green

Austin Rogers recently shook up the Internet when he won more than $400,000 in 12 nights on “Jeopardy!” A bartender who hosts trivia nights at NYC’s The Waylon, Rogers grew up the eldest of Ranger Rick’s three sons with Ward Pound Ridge Reservation as his backyard. He attended Pound Ridge Elementary and Fox Lane, and ironically, met me in a “country saloon” in Hell’s Kitchen to discuss my burning question: “Are you a city or a country boy at heart?”  

So, which is it?
I’m a city boy now, though I was always sorta both. The weekdays would be spent hiking, teaching nature camp, and playing in the woods after school. On weekends, when I wasn’t camping in the reservation or biking to Greenwich or Stamford, my dad would take me to art galleries in the city. I remember the train to Grand Central, with the ceiling pitch black from cigarette smoke and the basement full of benches and desolation. He wouldn’t take taxis or the subway; we would only walk. One day we walked from Grand Central to the World Trade Center, and then up to the Met, and back to Grand Central.

Tell me about the Reservation.
It was just the best. I knew every inch of it. I never slept in Leatherman’s cave, but everywhere else. Often in the old pine forest in the gorge next to Spyrock, and near the fire-tower. We climbed that as kids, and I vividly remember playing on it for the five or so years it lay there after being torn down.

Are you an animal person? 
Of course, my mom was a vet. We had 14 or 15 dogs, goats, cats, deer, and 50 some-odd chickens. 

Chickens! Now, you’re talking my language.
We had one violent chicken named Rod, who would chase us up the driveway, but was smart enough not to cross the road. He would stand at the top of the driveway, while my brothers and I waited on the other side of busy 137. Each year, the chicken catalogue would come. My parents would get 20 fat-breasted layers, but let my brothers and me each pick one whacky one—the moppy-headed or furry-footed ones—which was super cool!

Would you move back?
OMG, if I won the mega super-duper, billion-dollar lottery, I would; I love Pound Ridge. I can’t buy our old house as it’s county property, but maybe if I gave a really large donation and promised not to alter anything? The whole area is great, the land conservancy so important. I would be content to keep renting my apartment, and get a modest place. [Then, laughing and directly addressing my recorder] Dear readers of Bedford Magazine, although Pound Ridge is better than Bedford, be assured that we are all better than Greenwich or New Canaan!

Why Jeopardy?
Initially, I was motivated by the money. I had no idea I would do so well. After the first game, I had $36,000 in my pocket, and then I just wanted to enjoy myself. 

Any future plans?
Well, I’m not spending this money. The winnings will be a foundation for something else. I’ve written a story, not a book, and I don’t know what medium the story will be, but I think I want it to be a movie. 

Add your comment:

Connect With Us

             

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Catch the Vibe Newsletter

See this weekend's events in the area!
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

In Ralph Lauren’s Garage

The iconic designer entwines cars and fashion in Bedford

Where There’s Smoke

Lighting up leads to lasting love

Let It Shine

Celebrating Christmas at Antioch

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading Local Professionals

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

May 2018

Leaders: Photographer-naturalist Paula Sharp and Audubon expert Ryan MacLean. Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, NY, is designated an Important Bird Area with 180 recorded species of...

Cost: Parking fee $6 per vehicle

Where:
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
125 Phelps Way
Pleasantville, CT  10570
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Contact Name: Cynthia Ehlinger
Website »

More information

With tons of rides including Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Zero Gravity, Tornado, Super Slide, Rip Cord, plus Carnival Games and Food and so much more, the 43nd annual St. Patrick's Parish...

Where:
St. Patrick's Parish
Bedford, CT


Website »

More information

The Bruce Museum’s 33rd Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival runs rain or shine from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the grounds of the Museum. Over 70 artisans, many new to the show, gather to share their...

Cost: $10 per person; Museum members and children under 5 free

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

"3EXHIBTS 6ARTISTS" a series of three shows featuring two artists each, started in March and it will continue until June.  Second  exhibit will open on Friday April 20...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oak&Oil Gallery
89 Katonah Avenue
Katonah, CT  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Oak&Oil Gallery
Telephone: 914-232-8100
Contact Name: Giovanna
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Stamford EMS is offering a safety training class for those planning to become summer camp counselors and lifeguards. The skills learned in this course will teach participants to recognize cardiac...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Stamford EMS
684 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT  06902
View map »


Sponsor: Stamford EMS
Telephone: 203-252-2193
Contact Name: Jessica Anderson
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

KMR Arts is proud to present MAYDAY, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on June 2, 2018, from 3-7pm, 2 Titus Road,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot , CT  06794
View map »


Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

KMR Arts is proud to present MAYDAY, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on June 2, 2018, from 3-7pm, 2 Titus Road,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot , CT  06794
View map »


Website »

More information

A community-based, family-oriented event with dance performances, professional dance instruction, bands, DJs, and social dancing for youths and adults.​ We are thrilled to continue our...

Where:
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

KMR Arts is proud to present MAYDAY, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on June 2, 2018, from 3-7pm, 2 Titus Road,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot , CT  06794
View map »


Website »

More information

A community-based, family-oriented event with dance performances, professional dance instruction, bands, DJs, and social dancing for youths and adults.​ We are thrilled to continue our...

Where:
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Melissa Meyer: Hitting the Right Notes,” her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840


Sponsor: heathergaudiofineart.com
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags