I thought Alex Trebek’s handling of his illness to be incredibly brave and forthright. It’s the ultimate challenge in life - how we exit. With grace and dignity or bitterness and blame. I’m at an age where I have witnessed a lot of dying and it’s all teaching me, informing me in ways I wish to leave. Ideally, with peace, love and gratitude in my heart. Alex seemed classy, right up to the very end. When I was young and completely taken by the Beatles, I distinctly remember thinking that I would be old when they were. I felt safe - the Beatles would never get old. And here we are, Paul 78 and Ringo 80.
Amen. Many of the heroes of my youth are aging and it is inspiring to watch how so many of them have turned a corner. They continue to contribute in meaningful ways to their communities, families, and friends - but accept that somethings are different. My grandma no longer hosts the quilting meetings (too much work) but still attends and passes on her knowledge. The colonel from down the street still attends the local societies, even though he hasn't been a president or officer for years - he offers advice and connections to good causes. What has stood out to me is that none of them try to be 'young'. Yet they all seem to have a great deal more energy than I feel.
Trebek will be missed.
Amen to not “trying to be young!” I find, as a retiree, I have slowed down considerably yet continue to find much purpose in my life. Feeling inspired gives me a lot of energy. I had that also when young, but I was “doing” a lot like raising my kids and tending our home life, working part time and exploring diverse artistic adventures. Life was full and WAY more hectic. I’m glad Alex’s fans showed how much they loved him while he was alive. I think it helped him greatly as he navigated this last part of his life. Wonderful to know you are loved and appreciated.
I think they should retire Jeopardy like retiring a jersey of a professional athlete. They can turn it into more of a tribute show and then do a spin off with a different host. It would be good for their business still while being respectful to something and someone so fond to so many people. Hot take???
If they change the format at all it will fail. Every aspect of the game is perfect, from the Daily Double and Final Jeopardy to the extraordinarily awkward little mini-interviews Trebek does with the contestants.
My favorite part of the entire show is when Trebek reads the categories, one at a time, left to right across the top row, at the beginning of each round. That shit is SO high octane it's almost hard to breathe. I freak out a little when there's something like "Great American Novels" or "Writers" or "Fiction" or “Classic Literature," because I'm a reader, I was an English major, and I just love that stuff in general. I'm sure other people feel the same excitement when they get "Cars" or "Russian History" or whatever they happen to know a lot about. And when it's a riddle.. well that's just brain exploding because you only have a few seconds to figure out the riddle before they blast right into the round.
I do agree with your sentiment though. Perhaps, in lieu of changing the actual game, they can just start calling it Jeopardy 2 or Jeopardy: The Sequel, because Jeopardy without Trebek really won't feel like Jeopardy.
It would have to be "Jeopardy: The Next Generation" if LeVar Burton is the next host.
Somebody get on this!
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I know the feeling! I love when I feel that I actually have a chance of knowing all (or at least some) of the answers for a category. And yes, this is more aligned with what I would like to see as a continuation. Jeopardy: The Sequel!
RIP to a legend. This one really deserves Article of the Day!
It’s difficult to replace an icon of 36 years on jeopardy.
I can definitely relate to this. Trebek was iconic.