The possibility of becoming a contestant on the long-running television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was so alluring to John Jacob Back, he dropped everything to go to an open audition Wednesday morning."I didn't even eat breakfast. I just hopped in my car to get over here," said the retired teacher, who taught history and English for 35 years.
After a 40-minute drive from his Petersburg, Mich., home to Perrysburg, Mr. Back joined a line of other Millionaire hopefuls that curled out the door of the Hilton Garden Inn on Levis Commons Boulevard.
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained," he said.
Supervising producer Geoff Rosen said by 9 a.m., a mere two hours after doors opened, nearly 1,000 people from the Toledo area -- and as far afield as New York, Maryland, California, and even Alaska -- had tried out. Auditions were held all day.