The ultimate game of knowledge, this popular game show tends to make its viewers feel smarter. Listed as one of the top 60 greatest shows in American television, its fast-paced trivia, breadth of topics, and quick-thinking risk-taking have made it popular worldwide. The game is simple. Solve the clues. The catch? Contestants must phrase their responses in the form of a question. What is “Jeopardy!”?
He holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running game show host. The 78-year-old TV personality began hosting Jeopardy! in 1984 and continues to this day. He is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. He recently announced to People magazine that his body’s positive response to treatment is “kind of mind boggling.” On the heels of his devastating diagnosis in March, this cancer update is encouraging. He hopes to beat the disease with the love and support of family and friends, and with prayers from viewers—all while hosting one of America’s favorite game shows. Who is Alex Trebek?
For the first time in 32 straight games, this contestant lost. He just wasn’t invincible. He fell short of total winning records. He also missed setting the record for the longest-reigning champion on Jeopardy! But he captured audience attention, leaving little doubt that he may be the best player ever to compete on the show. He boosted the show’s television ratings following Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis. He holds the record for the 16 highest one-day scores in the show’s history. His quick wit and quick reflexes gave him the edge over competitors. But Monday night his winning streak came to an end. This contestant will be remembered as a Jeopardy! star who was almost invincible. Who is James Holzhauer?
This term means the act of defeating an opponent. To people like Holzhauer, it means winning a game. To others, it means conquering a fierce battle. To Alex Trebek, this term is more powerful than the success of a television show or the record earnings won in a game show. To the beloved game show host, it means the “big win” of conquering illness. What is victory?
(Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on April 30, 2017. Trebek tells People magazine he is responding very well to chemotherapy. His doctors say the 78-year-old is in near remission. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)