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For Richards Group account director Chris Smith, competing on the Jeopardy quiz show was a lifelong ambition. “For some kids, growing up was about watching football on TV. In our family, it was Jeopardy,” he said. So when Smith, 33, earned a spot on the show earlier this month, he made the most of it, taking home $43,199. Smith, who is group creative head in charge of the Motel 6 account, is constantly facing challenges from co-workers who think they’ve got something he doesn’t know. Few have stumped him so far. But after three days on the show, he had run out of answers. With three kids under the age of 3, Smith figures at least half of his earnings will go toward diapers. … In staff member Amy Yvonne Yu, San Francisco ad agency Attik has more than just an art buyer and traffic coordinator: It also has the best DJ in San Francisco, so named by SF Weekly and East Bay Express, two alternative newsweeklies. On Saturday, she was due to compete for a national title in the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. … The Art Directors Club in New York last week showcased an exhibition of M16 rifles that have been transformed into objects including a beer keg and baby carriages. Curated by Kevin O’Callaghan, chairman of the 3-D design program at the School of Visual Arts, the sculptures were crafted by advertising and graphic design BFA students. … After encouragement from South Sider “Rich the Carpenter” via voicemail, Leo Burnett Chicago employees left their office lights on in the shape of a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day before heading to Fulton’s on the River (with company-supplied green fingerless gloves to keep hands warm while drinking). And at Carmichael Lynch, the shop’s annual O’Gong Show (where every employee hired over the last year is required to perform) saw one of the greatest performers in memory, according to chair Jack Supple. Account reps Teddy Hobbins and Evan Brown did their version of Anheuser-Busch’s “Real Men of Genius” campaign, lampooning “Mr. all-agency e-mail sender.” And they weren’t even the winners. That honor went to PC support assistant Lance Hill, who sang “Happy Birthday” to himself a la Marilyn Monroe in a gown made of office supplies. “It was glorious. Napoleon Dynamite squared,” Supple said.