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May 12, 1989 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-12

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DYSAUTONOMIA

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Former Detroiter Steven Dorfman has had a life-long interest in game
shows.

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S

teven Dorfman is in
jeopardy and he's real
happy about it.
Dorfman, a former
Detroiter living in Los

Angeles, is one of several
writers on the TV game show,
"Jeopardy!."
The Berkley High School
and Wayne State University
graduate left his native
Michigan seven years ago for
California because he wanted
to work on game shows.
"There are not a lot of game
shows in Detroit, " he said,
and in California, there's no
snow.
But getting into the TV
business was not easy. For the
first two years in California,
Dorfman worked for J.C. Pen-
ney and later Hamburger
Hamlet. At a party he learn-
ed that Mery Griffin Produc-
tions was interested in bring-
ing back the popular 1960s
game show.
He wrote the producers and
was granted an interview.
After submitting a sample
category, "pot cluck," dealing
with chickens, Dorfman made
the second cut and got the job.
"They liked my sense of
humor," Dorfman explained.
"That's why they hired me."
The son of Neil and Debby
Dorfman of West Bloomfield,
Dorfman, 33, is responsible
for writing three categories a
day. Among the categories of
questions are academics
(history, science), lifestyle
(food, drink, fashion), enter-

tainment, celebrities and
word games. His favorite is
word games.
"There's an art to writing a
Jeopardy! question," Doi finan
said. "It has to be interesting,
entertaining, informative and
new." Often he'll work a
member of the family into a
question. Once he included
his aunt Esther's name in a
question about chopped liver
and pate. The show uses
17,000 questions per year
with no repeats from the two
previous seasons.
Almost any source can be
used for questions. "The only
source you can't use is your
mind," he said. The fact on
which the question is based
must be verified by two
sources, usually en-
cyclopedias. Dorfman derives
questions from the five
newspapers he reads daily
and the library in his office.
"I've always loved game
shows," Dorfman explained.
When he was a child, his
parents took him to see "The
Price Is Right" in New York.
When they visited him in
California recently, he took
them to the West Coast
version.
His personal interest in
game shows extends back to
the late 1960s and early
1970s, when Dorfman was a
frequent winner in contests
on local radio stations
WKNR, CKLW, WXYZ,
WWWW and WJLB. "Hey, I'd
play anything," he recalled.
Among the prizes he has won
are record albums, t-shirts,
cash, dinners, theater and

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1989

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