According to an online archive, host Alex Trebek gave the clue, "Vicki Myron and Bret Witter: '_: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.'"
All three contestants were stumped on the $800 "Book Names" answer.
Nonetheless, individuals in Spencer and beyond took notice.
"Bret, my agent (Peter McGuigan) and I were on a conference call while the show was going on so none of us saw it but we heard immediately from people across the country that saw it," Myron said.
The name drop on national television is just one of the recent developments in the legacy of the former Spencer Public Library cat. Myron took some time Friday morning to update The Daily Reporter on recent happenings.
Hardcover copies of "Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions," her second adult book, first hit shelves last October.
"It didn't top the best sellers list like the original did, but it did make the list," Myron noted. "We're still on the top 10 of the Independent Booksellers of America."
"Dewey's Nine Lives" is going global, just as the original Dewey tale did.
"I'm also busy signing contracts with other countries to purchase 'Dewey's Nine Lives,'" Myron said. "I signed two contracts with China for common Chinese and one for Mandarin. We're busy selling that in other countries."
Myron explained the nature of the new book.
"'Dewey's Nine Lives' is not a continuation of the first story," she clarified. "There is new material about Dewey that I found out when I was touring -- stories I didn't know. I've received so many emails from other people with their own touching stories. We've incorporated some of those into the book as long as they had the same theme as Dewey's story."
Also provided in the book are updates about Myron, her marriage to Glenn Albertson and her 18-month-old cat Page Turner.
While the paperback version of the book is being produced, its predecessor is still on course for a film adaptation, though the process has been delayed.
"We couldn't agree on a script and their contract was up Jan. 1 ... but New Line Cinema picked up a 16-month option to continue working on the script," Myron said. " ... I wouldn't think they would pick up the 16-month option if they weren't planning on shooting something, but they are having trouble with the script. I'm not happy with it at all."
With the extension signed, the film company now has until April of 2013 to have a script approved and begin choosing a director and cast for the film.
If those goals are not met by that deadline, the idea will be shopped to other companies, but Myron said she is, "still hoping New Line Cinema can get a new script done that actually portrays Dewey and me and the town of Spencer in the right light for the books."
Merchandise would accompany a movie release, but other merchandise is not likely at this point in time.
"The merchandise is pretty much at a standstill," Myron said. "That's not happening. I'm disappointed, but the merchandise firm didn't come out with products."
Consequently, plans for a bookstore are also discontinued.
"It's not just because I don't have the merchandise," Myron said. "It's also because I have some eye problems. There's no way I can add the bookstore at this time. My partner who was going to manage it dropped out, so that's not going to happen."
Myron has taken time off from touring to concentrate on her health, which is also giving her time to catch up on fan mail.
"The mail is still coming in by the droves, especially from foreign countries now because a lot of them printed later than America did," she said, later noting she has received letters addressed simply to Vicki Myron: Author of Dewey. " ... I find it constantly entertaining how some people address my mail and yet I receive it."
Mail isn't the only thing Myron is receiving.
"We've also been getting offers from private companies for various things with cat products and so on that we're deciding on whether I'm going to be involved or not," Myron said.
Just as she has told McGuigan and Witter, she assured the public there will be no Dewey beef jerky.
"We will keep his image the way it's supposed to be," she concluded. "We're still going by that. We're considering what's best for Dewey, the books and me before we accept anything."