I have vivid memories of watching the "G.E. College Bowl
" on television, beginning when I was a youngster living in Tulsa. (That was back when the world was in black & white, by the way.) I admired the ultra-smart college students; and I tried, valiantly, to correctly answer every question that I could.
I always thought it was a terrific format. The program was educational and entertaining at the same time.
When I moved to the UK, I was delighted to find out that the format continues with Britain's "University Challenge
". John and I have a great time watching each week, as we compete against the brainy university students. And being much brainier than I am, John always
wins our living room competitions!
The final of this year's series was last night. The winners were Corpus Christi College, Oxford
, which is part of Oxford University. And the big winner was the almost-one-woman-team, Gail Trimble
! (What I have linked to her name, by the way, is her undergrad profile from an Oxford University website.)
It was touch-and-go who would win last night's final. I found myself barely able to watch at times. John was cheering and bouncing on the couch just as he might when watching a sporting event on TV. (That's a good sign that his neck is improving, too, don't you think?)
Finally, Trimble/Corpus Christi took off and beat the University of Manchester by a large margin! In the meantime, despite some mean-spirited detractors, Ms. Trimble has become a celeb on her own
. It's about time the public showed some admiration for someone for reasons other than an appearance on a reality TV show.
PS A message to my friends in New Orleans and Mobile - enjoy Fat Tuesday
for me, too, please!