People Are Sharing Stories About How "Jeopardy" And Alex Trebek Have Impacted Their Lives
"I got my PhD because of this man."
Over the weekend, we learned that Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died at age 80 after having pancreatic cancer.
1. "My mother used to watch Jeopardy with my grandmother every night while she was going through chemotherapy. I never got to meet my grandmother, but a few years ago, my mom and I started watching Jeopardy together. It's been emotional for sure, but my mom says it makes her feel connected to my grandmother. She tells me stories about her while we watch, and I've grown closer to her memory. We don't have a lot of traditions in my house, but Jeopardy is important to us. Thank you for everything, Alex."
2. "In short, I guess what Jeopardy and Alex Trebek mean to me is a safe place to always land. No matter what city I was in, no matter what was going on with myself and the world around me, I could usually find Jeopardy. I'll never be able to thank Alex Trebek enough for that."
3. "He brought people together and definitely brought my divided family together because for 30 minutes a night we could sit without arguing and just laugh at our right and wrong answers. I cried so hard all day yesterday. He feels like part of the family. RIP Alex, I love you."
4. "Jeopardy was always on at my house during dinner. So when my parents got divorced and my dad moved to a different state, we would continue to play via messenger. It was always our ritual and helped us stay close despite the distance."
5. "When I was a senior in high school, [I found out] I had been suffering with celiac disease. The constant barrage on my immune system meant that I was always getting sick. So, on the days when I was laid up in bed, unable to go anywhere, I had a certain list of shows I watched every day. Jeopardy was one of those shows. Alex's voice was just so soothing, and it was always so much fun to learn something new, and to see how much random knowledge I had. It was just such a comforting part of my routine."
6. "When my mom came to the US for college in the '90s, Jeopardy was the first show she watched. Things change, yet one constant in my life has been turning on the TV at 7 p.m. every weeknight. On hard days, my one comfort is watching this show."
7. "Jeopardy has been in my life as I've grown up, but once I moved overseas with my husband who is in the military it became a consistent piece of home. I would watch every day. As I got to the hospital to give birth to my daughter, my mom joked that I would have her during Jeopardy. Well, there I was pushing in between the clues. This must've programmed it into my girl's brain because she has always danced and clapped when Jeopardy came on and Alex came out. The game show and Alex Trebek will always be special to us."
8. "My dad and I spent many weeknights watching Jeopardy together. It was one of my favorite shows because I got to show how many random facts I knew and I loved learning new things. My dad was diagnosed with cancer and he began to enjoy relearning things or learning new things as well, so we watched it even more frequently. We lost him a few years ago, and hearing that Alex had been diagnosed with cancer not too long after my dad passed felt like a sucker punch to my childhood. I only hope he’s up there playing Jeopardy with my dad."
9. "Alex Trebek was a staple of my evening. Every weeknight, my dad and I would watch Jeopardy, competing with each other. That show provided a bond that was just ours and turned me into the trivia buff I am today. I will be eternally grateful to him for that. He was truly a gem. Rest peacefully, Alex Trebek."
10. "Alex Trebek was born on the same month, day, and year as my grandfather. They were both loving people who always cared for others. They were also both unfortunately diagnosed with cancer and died this year. Growing up, Jeopardy was always on. I remember my siblings and I sitting around the TV, trying to answer questions that were way too complex for children. Now that I am pursuing my masters to become a political scientist, I keep both very close in my heart. Rest in peace Alex and my Nonno Pepe."
11. "I got my PhD because of this man. One of my papers was actually on my annoyance that the show started at 7 p.m. in New York but 7:30 p.m. in Georgia (I lived in both)! I’ve watched him since I was a baby and he has inspired me to learn way more than anyone else has ever done before. He is the reason I'm Dr. Lyssa."
12. "My dad was an alcoholic. Evenings at home were generally not calm and involved yelling more often than not, but everyone was quiet for Jeopardy. Whatever was happening would pause for a half hour while we sat in the living room and watched TV like a normal family, only talking to yell answers. As soon as it was over, it could all start up again, but I loved the break."
13. "Growing up, Jeopardy was always on. I remember my dad would always shout out the answers and nine times out of ten he was right. I remember thinking how smart he was and being blown away by all of the knowledge he had. Unfortunately, my dad passed away almost five years ago, but he watched it until he died and continued to answer the questions. When I learned of Alex’s passing, I actually cried. Those moments of when I was a child, watching my dad, thinking he was the smartest person alive and just being in awe of him is something I will remember for the rest of my life, and it’s thanks to a game show hosted by Alex Trebek."
14. "My mom would watch Jeopardy when she was pregnant with me. I was born at around 5 p.m., two hours later she was watching Jeopardy and she said that I was looking for the source of the music. I’ve been watching ever since for 30 years. It was a show that would just bring me such joy and I have been interested in trivia my entire life because of it."
15. "During the worst of my eating disorder, I used Jeopardy to help me finish my meals. It provided the distraction I needed to not obsess over the food and just play along and eat. It's become a daily ritual for me and I still use Jeopardy to help me through meals. Thank you Alex for being there with me even if you never knew it. You will be missed."
16. "Jeopardy was something my dad and I would watch together every day after school growing up. I remember always being impressed with how many answers my dad knew. I always dreamed of my dad going on the show, but his health was always too poor for him to try out. Alex Trebek passing less than two months after my dad passing felt like I lost my dad all over again."
17. "The most important thing Jeopardy taught me is that I am smarter than I think. It may be some knowledge that I’ll never use, but it made me feel like I didn’t give myself enough credit, and the most important part of that was Alex. Alex was charismatic, he was funny and had a wit and sarcasm that my family related to deeply. He was also kind and strong. I never met him. I wish I had, but he changed so many people’s lives and he will always be one of my heroes."
18. "Jeopardy has been and always will be one of my favorite shows. The game and Alex have been a lifelong presence for me. I have many memories as a child of Jeopardy, from playing the computer game at my sister's house to watching it with my Granny after school and playing against her. It is one of my life goals to be a contestant on the show. With my wife's encouragement, we are studying to try to make that happen. With Alex's passing, it will now be a bittersweet experience. Anybody who dreams of being on the show will now not get to share an interesting detail of their life with him, be subjected to his quick wit, and just be in awe of his presence."
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.