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2B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, October 28, 1999

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Travelling overseas is often long and strenuous - even before the actual departure. Travelocity.com tries to reduce
some of of the hastle and anxiety involved in finding a convenient and inexpensive vacation plan. The site searches and
lists flights from all the major (and a lot of the minor) airlines as well as packages to many exotic locations. The trips
offered on Travelocity.com are not just limited to flights; hotel, car rental and cruise reservations can also be made
from the Website. Upon registration, one can even sign up for a "Fare Watcher" e-mail that sends alerts of vacation and
flight specials. With the power of this site, who needs a travel agent?

1st blind player wins
big on Jeopardy"

together at last. Zou Zou's, Chelsea. 8
p. m. Free. 433-4226.
"Halloween Concert" Creepy symphon-
ic music to get you in pysched for
Sunday. Pease Audotorium, Ypsilanti.
7:30 p. m. $6. 487-4380.
Reverend Right Time Flint's funk band
with 9 funky members. Rick's Cafe.
611 Church St. $3. 996-2747.
The Suicide Machines Hardcore punk at
its best. St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit. 6 p.
m. 313-961-MELT.
JTHEATER
TGirls We Have Known See Thursday.
TBA.
V. (and other naughty words) The'RC
Players present the works of multiple
female writers on stage. 8 p.m. RC
Auditorium, East Quad. $5, 3 students.
Three Days of Rain See Thursday. 8
p.m.
Footloose See Thursday
A LTERNA TIVES
Gesture and Contemporary Painting
Exhibit Examines the use of gesture
in painting. 11-5 pm. Warren M.
Robbins Center for Graduate Studies,
Art and Architecture Building.
El Caminoville Exhibit Los Angeles
artist Mike Rogers explores the
demise of the American dream incorpo-
rating photographs, sculpture, and
video. Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Art
and Architecture Building.

Muppets From Space (1999) Another
wacky adventure for Jim Henson's pup-
pets. Quality 16, Jackson and Wagner.
10 & 11 a.m. Free.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show See
Fri. 12:00 a.m.
Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War (1999)
A video documentary that looks at the
roots of the Yugoslav conflict.
Michigan Theater Screening Room,
603 E. Liberty St. 1 p.m. $3.
After Life (1999) Souls spend time in
limbo while waiting to enter heaven.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
4:30 p.m.
Sugartown See Thurs. 7 p.m.
Nosferatu (1922) F. W. Murnau gives
the silent treatment to Bram Stoker's
"Dracula." Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty. 9 p.m.
MUSIC
Buzzcocks w/ Down By Law. Get a
buzz off of punk-rock. St. Andrews
Hall, Detroit. 8 p. m.
DJ John King Spend your Halloween on
the dance floor. Rick's Cafe.
Orquestra Ibrahim Ferrer & Ruben
Gonzalez y su Grupo Several members
of the critically acclaimed Buena Vista
Social Club play Cuban music. Hill
Audotorium, 825 N. University. $14-
$32. 8 p. m. 764-8350.
Buena Vista Social Club Vocalist
Ibrahim Ferrer and pianist Ruben
Gonzalez come together to blend their
musical talents. 8 p.m. Hill
Auditorium. $14-32.

The Washington Post
Eddie Timanus launches into John
Belushi's famous monologue from
"'Animal House," one of several clas-
sic movie bits he has memorized start'
to finish, like many in his generation.
"Over? It's not over. Was it over
when the Germans bombed Pearl
Harbor?"
Gathered around him in a sports
bar in Sterling, Timanus's family and
friends nod. They've heard it a mil-
lion times. Anyway, they're not here
for comedy. They're here to watch
Timanus, for the second night in a
row, demolish two opponents on tele-
vision's "Jeopardy!"
In the afterglow of his second
SI2,000-plus game-show victory,
which they watch on a television set
in the noisy bar, his pals plot to slip
him the dinner check. Timanus, a
sportswriter for USA Today, pays
them no mind; he's simultaneously
commenting on the musical selec-
tions in the jukeboxes and monitor-
ing a dozen ballgames being broad-
cast throughout the room.
Oh, and he's totally blind.
The 31-year-old Reston man is the
first blind contestant in the 16-year
history of the syndicated TV show.
But Timanus is not just a contestant:
In two days of taping in August. he
rattled off five straight victories,
rolling up nearly S70,000 in win-
nings and advancing to the coveted
"Tournament of Champions" in the
spring-a feat accomplished by only
about half a dozen of the 400 contes-
tants w ho appear on the show each
year.
Timanus's fourth appearance airs
Monday night (Channel 7, 7:30
p.m.).-
He was born in St. Joseph, Mo.,
the son of an itinerant radio disc
jockey. From his earliest days, he
liked to "watch" game shows with his
mother, Terri. As a 6-year-old listen-
ing to the old Art Fleming-hosted
"Jeopardy!" Timanus recalls telling
her, "The Daily Double squares are
orange with yellow stripes, right,
Mom?"
His disability--he lost his sight to
retinal tumors at age 3-hasn't
slowed him at all. Near the end of his

the final square on the board. a Daily
Double. Instantly. he calculates
exactly how much hel need to win
the game outright, before Final
Jeopardy. And he does.
In 1992, Timanus hooked up vvith
USA Today, where he compiles the
paper's Coaches' Top 25 college foot-
ball and basketball polls. He also
writes the Friday college football
roundup, plus feature articles on a
variety of sports. "I learned how to
type verv, very early." he said. -'And I
'watch' a lot of games. It's kind of
knowing what to listen for.".
He does most of his reporting by
phone but occasionally covers a
game in person, mainly lacrosse. His
father accompanies him, providing
play-by-play and keeping statistics.
Timanus uses a computer program
that speaks, allowing him to hear
when he's typed or downloaded from
the Internet.
As "'Jeopardy!" fans know, the
game can be difficult for even top-
notch trivia buffs. Timanus had been
trying to make the cut for years, tak-
ing the written test four times before
being invited to a second round of
tryouts last year.
Timanus survived that round and a
series of interviews. The producers
wanted him, but in December some
of the show's coordinators returned
to this area because they .wanted to
see if he could handle the buzzer
contestants must use, and find out
whether he'd need special accommo-
dations.
"I said if I just had a Braille list of
the categories, I'd be fine," Timanus
said. For Final Jeopardy. he typed his
answers on a keyboard.
The only accommodation produc-
ers made for Timanus-besides the
Braille listings-was to eliminate
video-related questions. And because
contestants can't buzz in until Trebek
finishes reading the questions, being
able to see the board was only a slight
advantage to Timanus's competition.
"He's remarkable, and he's such a
nice guy," said Laine Sutte'&, spokes-
woman for the show, 4dding that
Timanus won more money than any-
one else has this season.

Famke Janssen and Geoffrey Rush in Warner Brothers' macabre thriller, "Hc

V. (and other naughty words) See
Friday. 8 p.m.
Three Days of Rain See Thursday. 8
p.m.
Footloose See Thursday
A LTERNA TIVES
El Caminoville Exhibit See Friday.
Gesture and Contemporary Painting
Exhibit See Friday.

Phantom Menace to Society St
Thursay

Saturday

CAMPUS CINEMA
Con Ja Nai (1999) An eclectic festival
of Japanese animation. MLB 3. 10
p.m. Free.

THEA TER

Girls We Have Known See Thursday. 7
pm.

Sunday
CAMPUS CINEMA
Muppets From Space See Sat. I
11 a.m.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Fri. 10 p.m.
After Life See Sat. 5 & 7:30 p.n
MUSIC
Paul Finkbeiner's Jazz Jam Sess
name says it all. Bird of Paradi<
S. Ashley. Free. 9 p. m. 662-83:
Michael Shelata Keyboard co
with his own pop creations.I
312 S. State. Free. 10 a. m. 76:
THEA TER
Three Days of Rain See Thursda
p.m.
Footloose See Thursday
ALTERNATIVES
Adventures in Autumn: "Mythic
Skies & Mesmerizing Science" 4
"Native American Skies." Natur
History Museum.
Monday
CAMPUS CINEMA
After Life See Sat. 7 & 9:30 p.nr
Yellow Submarine See Friday.
MUSIC
Public Enemy Old-school rap tha
loved in middle-school. St. Andre
Hall, Detroit. 8 p. m.

courtesy of Miramax FlIms

Gloria Estafan and Meryl Streep in Wes Craven's "Music of the Heart."

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