We have looked it up and found the times Midland or Odessa has been an answer or a question on the popular game show Jeopardy!

Here are the 13 times starting with the most recent mention. Courtesy of J! Archive.

  1. 2021-04-28 - Category: "LAND" FILL - Amount: $400 - Answer: "It's paired with Odessa in a region of West Texas." Question: "What is MidLAND?"
  2. 2014-01-30 - Category: CAN'T STOP MESSIN' WITH TEXAS - Amount: $800 - Answer: "On November 4, 1946, she was born Laura Lane Welch in Midland: you may know her better by this name." Question: "Who is Laura Bush?"
  3. 2013-04-03 - Category: QUICK PRESIDENTIAL STOPS - Amount: $1200 - Answer: "George W. Bush visited his boyhood home in this Texas town for 45 minutes in 2008." - Question: "What is Midland?"
  4. 2013-03-01 - Category: PLACES IN TEXAS, PLUS - Amount: $200 - Answer: "It's the seat of Ector County & in a novel, the name of an organization for ex-Nazis with a "file" on it." Question: "What is Odessa?"
  5. 2012-12-19 - Category: GOVERNORS - Amount: This recent Florida governor was born in Midland, Texas. Question: "Who is Jeb Bush?"
  6. 2011-06-29 - Category: "FROM SPORTS BOOK TO FILM" - Amount: $600 - Answer: "Odessa, Texas was the home field for this H.G. Bissenger book-turned-film." - Question: "What is 'Friday Night Lights'?"
  7. 2011-05-10 - Category: "MID"-TERMS - Amount: $1200 - Answer: "Founded in 1885 as a depot for the Texas & Pacific Railway, this city is the birthplace of Laura Bush." - Question: "What is Midland, Texas?"
  8. 2007-07-24 - Category: "PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES" - Amount: $600 - Answer: "In 1948, George H.W. Bush and this young wife of his packed their belongings into a Studebaker and drove west to Odessa, Texas." - Question: "Who is Barbara Bush?"
  9. 2005-04-14 - Category: "BUSH" - Amount: $400 - Answer: "Born in Midland, Texas & Earned a master's degree at the University of Texas." - Question: "Who is Jeb Bush?"
  10. 2003-05-05 - Category: "FIRST LADIES" -  Amount: $200 - Answer: "She met the future president at a backyard barbecue in Midland, Texas in 1977" - Question: "Who is Laura Bush?"
  11. 2001-04-26 - Category: DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS - Amount: $1000 - Answer: "This city southwest of Midland got its name from homesick Russian railroad workers." - Question: "What is Odessa?"
  12. 1993-09-06 - Category: U.S.A. - Amount: $500 - Answer: "This state's Odessa College hosts an annual Shakespeare festival in a replica of the Globe Theatre." Question: "What is Texas?"
  13. 1987-12-31 - Category: U.S. CITIES - Amount: $300 - Answer: "Russian immigrants nostalgically named this Texas city for a large seaport in the Ukraine." Question: "What is Odessa?"

Also, there have been two contestants from Midland/Odessa that were players on Jeopardy!:

  • Allen Howland, a newspaper editor from Midland - Season 9 - 1993-02-11.
  • Julie Roth, a community college English professor from Odessa - Season 34 - 2017-09-20.

As you can tell by the dates, neither contestant was on the same show as any of the questions and answers about Midland/Odessa.

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