Usually, I know how to start off my blogs. This one is different. I have so many feelings on this topic, but I’m not sure how to put them into words. Overall, I’m gutted by the passing of Alex Trebek after his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was one of the brightest spots on television for the last 40 years and his legacy will live on forever.
Trebek has been my idol ever since I found Jeopardy. Maybe it was his soothing voice or his vast wealth of knowledge from hosting over 8,000 games of trivia, but something about him always resonated with me. I know I’m not the only one who felt this way, as just before his death, he hosted a game of trivia where the post-game was better than the main event.
Ben Thakur was able to win a game of Jeopardy and during his post-game, he explained that Alex Trebek helped him learn English. Trebek has not given me something as significant or life-changing as the ability to speak English, but he has definitely impacted me in a positive way. The 32 game winning streak of James Holzhauer is what comes to mind when I think of the impact Trebek has had on me
Holzhauer was everything that I wanted to be. He was a nerdy, professional sports gambler who happened to be one of the best trivia minds in the entire world. He dominated in Jeopardy by utilizing his own techniques and emphasized a style not even seen by Trebek. I think his stretch of games was where I became fully hooked as a fan.
Those games were great, but they made me appreciate the normal games even more. The way Trebek was able to connect with contestants and make it feel like they were the most important people alive was something special. I think that’s why we all feel so connected to Mr. Trebek.
Unfortunately, today was the second time this year that I won’t forget where I was when I heard someone died. The first was Kobe Bryant and now the second is Alex Trebek. Both have left me with a feeling of shock and sadness, but I’m thankful for the overwhelmingly positive impact that each made on the lives of countless individuals around the world. Lastly, cancer sucks, we all know that. It impacted every single one of us, and it has unfortunately struck again. I’ll attach a link to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, where donations can be sent to help find a cure for this horrific disease. Thank you, Alex, I’ll never forget your ability to make learning fun and the way you could always brighten my day. Jeopardy! will never be the same.
Link to NPCF: https://www.npcf.us/
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