Merv Griffin—the Ultimate 'Jeopardy' Champ

Answer: He created “Jeopardy.”
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: He had a hit with “I’ve got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts” in 1950.
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: He wrote the theme song for “Jeopardy,” from which he claimed to have earned $70-80 million in royalties.
Question Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: He was the host of one of the first and most widely syndicated daytime talk shows, a show whose format presaged the Jerry Springer era by eliciting all manner of off-the-cuff confessions from guests (through the transparent but effective method of serving booze in the green room).
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: He created what has become (it’s still running) the longest-running game show on syndicated television (“Wheel of Fortune”).
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: Known primarily as a genial television talk-show host, he was also an astute investor worth more than $1 billion who at one time or another owned casinos and nightclubs in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the Bahamas, a television production company and numerous radio stations, and what he built into the biggest closed-circuit television network broadcasting horse races from coast to coast.
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: As a child, he took up the piano, starting on a classical repertoire but soon switching over to pop after deciding that he could make money playing for weddings, funerals and parties.
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer:  He introduced Nancy Reagan to Joan Quigley, the San Francisco astrologer.
Question: Who was Merv Griffin?

Answer: He was dogged for years with questions about his sexuality. Denny Terrio, the host of “Dance Fever,” a show he created, sued him for sexual harassment. Another employee (body-guard-horse-trainer-driver) filed a palimony suit. Both lawsuits were dismissed, but the rumors that he was gay refused to die, not least because he continued to joke about the issue in public.
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