In 1966, NBC broadcast a GE College Bowl
match between a team from Princeton University (all male, of course—Princeton wouldn't go co-ed until three years later
) and a team from Agnes Scott College, a small women's college in Decatur, Georgia. In one of the most exciting upsets in the history of the program, after trailing early
, Agnes Scott came from behind
to win, pushed over the edge by Karen Gearreald's final answer
, with only one second left on the clock. "That young lady, by the way, was the only person in the theater who could not see the clock," the program's host, Robert Earle, later wrote
. "She is blind."
So where are they now? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution followed up with the winning Agnes Scott team
and their coach in 2008. Karen Gearreald, Agnes Scott's first blind student, got her Ph.D. at Harvard, a law degree at Duke, and after years as a Navy lawyer, works on projects for the visually impaired
, and has the distinction of being the personal hero of Georgia State football coach Bill Curry
Malinda Snow, captain of the Agnes Scott team, is a professor of English
at Georgia State University, and is a Sacred Harp shape note singer
(she wrote the article on Sacred Harp
in the New Georgia Enclyclopedia).
Katherine Bell died in the 1980s, after a career as a botanist that included research on a little-known arctic mountain plant, Kobresia bellardi
. She taught botany and ecology at the University of Nevada.
Betty Butler Ravenholt is an internationally known expert on family planning (one of her papers
And the Princeton boys, who were "knocked off by a bunch of girls from Agnes Scott
Team captain Steve Chernicoff, who's written several books on Macintosh computers
, eventually went on to be one of the biggest winners on Jeopardy! in the mid-1990s
Then-freshman Steve Kahler eventually decided to major in biology, and is now a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas College of Medical Sciences
James Kostman (who couldn't quite beat Katherine Bell to the buzzer on the question about Parmenides) became a professor of philosophy, with a special interest in Plato
And of Frank Ward, I've found nothing, except that he did, indeed, finish his thesis on the influence of the American Revolution on the legal profession in New Jersey