Steven Maurice Clark, a doctor, from Aiken, South Carolina was the first African-American contestant to reach the hot seat on WWTBAM on April 20, 2000 in the United States. He won $32,000 after answering his $250,000 question wrong.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these circular objects in the order they were invented, starting with the most recent.
• A: DVD • B: Wheel
• C: Hula Hoop • D: Phonograph record

Out of 9 contestants, Steven was the only one who answered correctly A-C-D-B in a time of 6.72 seconds, making it into the Hot Seat.

Steven's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following are beavers known to build?
• A: Chairs • B: Dams
• C: Mountains • D: Investment portfolios
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not associated with the game of baseball?
• A: Bat • B: Glove
• C: Base • D: Tutu
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is traditionally considered a symbol of peace?
• A: Oak branch • B: Olive branch
• C: Palm frond • D: Mushroom cloud
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of President Clinton's cat?
• A: Socks • B: Patches
• C: Felix • D: Toonces
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which comedian's signature line is "Can we talk?"?
• A: Rita Rudner • B: Phyllis Diller
• C: Joan Rivers • D: Roseanne
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the proper name for a padded cover used to keep the contents of a teapot warm?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Tea cozy • B: Pot blanket
• C: Tea coat • D: Hot jacket
Ask the Audience Results: A: 84% • B: 5% • C: 2% • D: 9%
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the lyrics of the 1970 hit song "War," "what is it good for"?
• A: Territorial expansion • B: Selling newspapers
• C: Weapons manufacturers • D: Absolutely nothing
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
According to legend, Pocahontas saved what Jamestown Colony leader?
• A: Sir Walter Raleigh • B: John Smith
• C: Peter Minuit • D: Roger Williams
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is another name for fossilized tree sap?
• A: Tar • B: Amber
• C: Bauxite • D: Jasper
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
On the TV series "Cheers", what seafood restaurant was upstairs from the bar?
'Phone-A-Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Paul Revere's • B: Bull & Finch
• C: Melville's • D: The Nautilus
His friend Jonathan told him to go with C: Melville's, and that he was "fairly sure". Not convinced enough, he went for the 50:50.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first U.S. president to make an official visit to Moscow?
• A: Henry S. Truman • B: Richard Nixon
• C: Jimmy Carter • D: Bill Clinton
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What method of food preservation did Nicolas Appert develop to help feed Napoleon's army?
• A: Canning • B: Pressure cooking
• C: Ash cooking • D: Dry heat cooking
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In their last game of the 1980 Olympics, whom did the U.S. men's hockey team beat to win the gold medal?
• A: Sweden • B: Canada
• C: Finland • D: Soviet Union
Steven immediately eliminates B & D. He was sure it was Sweden until Finland popped up on the screen.

He decides to go with his gut, and makes Sweden his final answer, but the answer is actually Finland.


Preceded by
Mike Babb
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Steven Maurice Clark
Succeeded by
Tom Lemp