Mike Menz, an orthopedic surgeon from Greeneville, Tennessee, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on April 27, 2000. He walked away with $500,000.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these people knighted by Queen Elizabeth in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
• A: Sean Connerey • B: Alfred Hitchcock
• C: Laurence Olivier • D: Paul McCartney

From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Mike (with a time of 4.10 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-C-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Mike's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If you are in trouble with your spouse, you are said to be in the what?
• A: Crab trap • B: Monkey house
• C: Doghouse • D: Ferret farm
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In the song that celebrates a hero, you sing, "For he's a jolly good" what?
• A: Fellow • B: Friend
• C: Roger • D: Giant
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
According to an old saying, what is the sincerest form of flattery?
• A: Mockery • B: Imitation
• C: Criticism • D: Cloning
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the traditional title for a respect musical conductor, composer or teacher?
• A: Soprano • B: Maestro
• C: Tenor • D: Madrigal
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Reflexology does primarily with the manipulation of what body part to promote healing?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Back • B: Head
• C: Throat • D: Feet
Ask the Audience Results: A: 24% • B: 3% • C: 7% • D: 66%
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In baseball, which player is replaced with the designated hitter in the batting line-up?
• A: Pitcher • B: Catcher
• C: Shortsto • D: First baseman
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following actors has not partnered with Dennis Franz on "NYPD Blue"?
• A: David Caruso • B: Jimmy Smits
• C: Chris Noth • D: Rick Schroder
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Where is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum?
• A: Detroit • B: Cleveland
• C: Los Angeles • D: Philadelphia
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not a characteristics of the Quaker on the Quaker Oats cereal packages?
• A: Brimmed hat • B: Shoulder-length hair
• C: Smile • D: Glasses
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of Henry VIII's wives was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I?
• A: Anne Boleyn • B: Anne of Cleves
• C: Catherine of Aragon • D: Jane Seymour
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following films is not based on a famous stage productions?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Agnes of God • B: Driving Miss Daisy
• C: Terms of Endearment • D: Evita
Mike knew it was either B or C, so he decided to use his 5o:50, eliminating A and D. Therefore, he decided to call his sister-in-law Nina, who knew the answer was Terms of Endearment. He decided to go with her and won $64,000.
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
James Meredith was the first African American to attend what southern university?
• A: U. of Alabama • B: U. of South Carolina
• C: U. of Georgia • D: U. of Mississippi
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What is known for being traded under the buttonwood tree in old New York?
• A: Stocks • B: Buttons
• C: Livestock • D: Diamonds
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the Middle Eastern area known as the Rub' al Khali?
• A: Rugged mountains • B: Vast desert
• C: Grassy valley • D: Fertile delta
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following pieces of currency was the first to use the motto "In God We Trust"?
• A: Nickel • B: One dollar bill
• C: Two-cent piece • D: Five dollar bill
Mike did not know, so he decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was C: Two-cent piece.


Preceded by
Scott Bickerstaff
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Mike Menz
Succeeded by
Gus Papadopoulos