Tuesday, April 13


I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. I sure did. I got to see most of my family, and meet new friendly faces. I had a job interview today, but we'll talk about that more once I find out how I did.

Check out what Celia unearthed from the depths of the Internet! It's a newspaper article from about 2 years ago when me and Benajmin auditioned for "The Weakest Link" in Green Bay. I remember being interviewed, but forgot I'd be in the paper. Enjoy!

July 15, 2002

Area hopefuls look to join ‘Weakest Link’

Game show seeks unusual people:
By: Sarah Wessolowski

Kaighte Orshak, James Strassburger and Ryan Olson have one common link among them: none of them left the room when they found out they would have to introduce themselves in front of more than 100 people.

That’s because they were auditioning for the syndicated game show “The Weakest Link,” Sunday at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Ashwaubenon.

In January the Radisson hosted the event which turned out more than 250 people.

People at the audition ranged in age from 18 to 72 and came from as far away as Duluth, Minn. Occupations included two stay-at-home dads, an auctioneer, a criminal defense attorney, several self-proclaiming musicians, a boiler operator, a hot tub salesman and a part-time black jack dealer.

On this particular day some people came out because they were called back from the January session, some came to show off their useless fact library.

Others had their own reasons.

“I’m always looking for a unique opportunity,” Kaighte Orshak said.

Orshak is in jewelry sales but also designs tattoo art and recently chopped off four feet of hair.

Considering the show’s producers are looking for people with unusual qualities or professions, it’s no wonder she made it to the second round of screening.

After taking a short quiz, part of the application process, the names of 20 people were called for a second audition. The remaining 81 people were asked to leave the room.

Potential contestants were then strictly and specifically instructed on how to state their name, age, where they live and what they do for a living when the video camera is turned on. After a quick overview of the show’s rules, they played a mock game.

“We want to see how you play the game,” contestant coordinator Larry Frank said. “Producers are looking for bluffers.”

Frank and Segal explained that the way to advance is by bluffing if you’re stumped on an answer.

Segal made an example of bluffing during the final screening process by making Wendy Bruns ask him what two plus two equals. She did and he quickly and confidently blurted out the answer, 97. He said that was a good bluff because it was a quick answer. He also said that if he had contemplated for too long, he’d be considered the weakest link and voted off the show.

Benjamin Jenkel, 22, played the slot machines at Oneida Bingo & Casino while he waited for his friend, Ryan Olson, 20, who made it to the second round of the show’s screening. Olson was at the January casting call and said he was called back for Sunday’s screening.

“He made it and I’m stuck out here,” Jenkel said.

When asked what he would do with the money if he became a contestant and won, Olson said he’d help Jenkel out.

“I love game shows. I watch ‘The Weakest Link’ daily,” he said.

Olson, Orshak and the other second-rounders will be notified of their contestant status by phone in two days or two months — no specified time was given.

“I waited six months to get invited back, I’ll wait now,” Olson said.

(EDIT: I know that the comments aren't working for this post. Until I figure out just why the hell it picks and chooses like that, post comments for this post in the "Celebrity Fan Mail" post. You go now!)

(EDIT AGAIN: If you go to Yahoo, and punch in "Benjamin Jenkel", this article is the only thing that comes up. Meanwhile, there's a disturbing amount of Ryan Olson's egotistical enough to maintain weblogs. Losers.)


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