Steven Reich on Jeopardy

Caption: Host Alex Trebek stands with UMD mathematics doctoral student Steven Reich on the set of "Jeopardy!" Reich appeared on the October 9, 2019, episode of the show. (Photo by Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Most Thursday nights, you can find Steven Reich and his friends from the University of Maryland’s math doctoral program out at Hyattsville’s Pizzeria Paradiso for the joint’s weekly trivia competition.

They’re good, too — most of the time, their team comes in first place, Liam Fowl said. That’s to be expected of a bunch of math nerds, he added. A few of them competed in quiz bowls in high school, and Reich played his fair share of Trivial Pursuit.

He also watched a lot of Jeopardy! growing up.

When 7:30 p.m. rolled around on October 9, 2019, Reich’s friends gathered around the television in Fowl’s apartment and tuned in to ABC. There, standing right next to Alex Trebek, was Reich.

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