OT: Alex Trebek

Here is an article from The Athletic about the author’s appearance on Jeopardy.

I finally passed the online test last summer and went through two more rounds of auditions before I finally made it into the final contestant pool for this season. I’ve just been waiting for the call to head down to Century City to be on the show and meet Alex, even though we know pancreatic cancer is pretty much undefeated. Now I never will. Very sad.

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Is there anyone who didn’t like Trebek? Approval ratings had to be > 95%

One of my dearest lifelong friends (actually, my first childhood crush…long story) actually appeared on the show about 12-13 years ago. She won two days and came home with something like $50-60K. She reported Alex to be every bit the gentleman and engaging personality in the flesh that most of us would guess him to be from watching the TV show.

Didn’t realize it at the time - I just thought she was “cute”…but one of the things that really attracted me to her was her intellect and feisty spirit. We were very competitive, in a positive way. But I don’t think; no…I KNOW…that I would not fare as well as she did on that show. I’ve got too many areas where I have knowledge gaps. One of the great things about Jeopardy is that you almost have to be very well rounded to succeed. Certain areas, I know well and would be confident in. But there are others where I’d be futile.

Unfortunately - and ironically - I lost her to the same disease Mr. Trebeck succumbed to almost 3 years ago.

I’ve taken the online test several times and never made the cut. Pop culture is always my downfall. I got too busy to keep up with movies, TV series, pop music, etc. When I did keep up with it, I used to destroy people in Trivial Pursuit, which is essentially Jeopardy without replies in the form of a question.

I’d say more like 99.9%. I read his obit in the New York Times yesterday. It stated that at one time a poll found he was the eighth-most trusted American.

This was sad news. I’ve watched him since I was old enough to remember. Growing up we could get one station on the antenna, and three shows would come on in succession weekday afternoons: Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith and Jeopardy.

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Ironic, isn’t it, that these two iconic men passed away within a week of each other…

Good find. Assuming these things come in threes, if I was Darrell Hammond, I might be updating my will.

Yep, 2020 has been a beotch. Watching today’s show with Alex, it won’t be the same when these taped shows end.

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