I’m kind of a big Jeopardy! fan. That’s an understatement, actually. I’m a super fan who DVRs every episode and has even fulfilled the ultimate dream of competing on the show. That’s a full brag, sure, but I also say that so you know I speak with some authority when I declare that Jackie Fuchs is by far the coolest person to ever compete on Jeopardy!
The reigning champion is a lawyer and a writer, which are impressive enough as professions, but earlier this week in her interview with Alex she revealed she was, no big deal, the bassist for the teen rock band, The Runaways
Sorry, what? Hi, excuse me, Jeopardy! champion Jackie Fuchs is Jackie Fox? Brb need a defibrillator. Basically, Jackie is the “Most Interesting Woman in the World.” She has had a wild life and seems like honestly the most fun person to ever compete on the show.
Yep, Jackie Fuchs was indeed Jackie Fox of The Runaways.
Jackie Fox is obviously a stage name, and a really great one by the way. She auditioned in 1975 to be the lead guitarist but settled well into the role of bass guitarist, which everybody knows is almost always the coolest member of a rock band. Paul McCartney, Flea, Sting — all bassists. What makes this career choice even cooler is that Jackie was only 16 when she got the gig, and she accepted in favor of early admission to UCLA. At 16, folks.
Though they were never as popular as Joan Jett’s later band, Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers, the girls were big in Japan and had a hit in the U.S. with “Cherry Bomb,” which pretty much anyone who ever played the video game Rock Band has screamed along with.