Huge congratulations go out to local journalist and Heritage Florida Jewish News Assistant Editor and Movie Critic Lyn Payne for her incredible performance Thursday morning on ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" A nicer, more pleasant film lover you won't find, and this mother of two--who covers films of Jewish interest in the Florida Film Festival and the upcoming Central Florida Jewish Film Festival as well--simply blew Merideth Viera and the studio audience away with her knowledge and upbeat personality.
Lyn played a shrewd game, and proved quite adept at handling the increasingly tough questions that luckily for her were mostly related to literature, philosophy, and history. When the $500K question asked about the actual cost of producing US paper currency (6 cents by the way) and she had no idea, Lyn still had her question-switching lifeline. And she was able to keep her audience-help lifeline for the $1,000,000 question, a situation that Viera said she had never seen before in her 6 years of hosting the show. And the million dollar question? In 1960, what country was Kruschev pissed at when the infamous "shoe-banging incident" took place at the UN? Lyn didn't know it, and 48% of the audience believed it to be Turkey, but that wasn't convincing enough for her to gamble with $475, 000 (her winnings would drop to $25,000 if she was wrong). So she passed on answering the question and guessing for the million (it was The Philippines), and walked away with her $500,000. Way to go, Lyn--your experience made for an exciting and suspenseful breakfast table.