So for those who don’t know, we’ve been busy in both launching the third season of our podcast that started with model Shaminder Biring. That explains the lack of posts this week. We’ve also been re-organizating all of our media and I’ve personally been doing a lot of local interviews where I am. But while working this afternoon, I looked up and saw an alert that Alex Trebek passed away this morning. “‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends” the show’s official Twitter wrote this morning. The host of Jeopardy was a daily staple in my house growing up at 7:30 and to hear of his passing is quite crushing.
Trebek hosted Jeopardy for over 35 years and holds the Guinness World Record for the most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter since 2014, overtaking Bob Barker. The Jeopardy website has him quoted as saying, “I think what makes ‘Jeopardy’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning.” We just got a new President-Elect this weekend and given how the process has to be explained every 4 years where people still don’t get it goes to show the importance of encouraging learning.
Born in Canada as George Alexander Trebek, he grew up in a bilingual home speaking French and English. He hosted his first show almost 60 years ago, Music Hop for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). He moved to the US in 1973 and after a series of other shows he hosted, he started hosting Jeopardy in 1984 and it’s been a wrap since. In 2011 he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2013 he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
Trebek is going to be missed and there is no way there could be anyone else to take his place and handle Jeopardy the way that he did.