You could say he is the most watched #15 FCIL on television, and that’s saying something. Every week night since 1984 you could see his face, even if one just happened to be quickly flipping through channels. “This Is Jeopardy” has become as familiar as any phrase on national tv, and it’s astute, relentless, no-frills host has been going strong like Old Faithful. Yes, Alex Trebek has run his award winning show for more than 30 years like a well-tuned, carefully-crafted political campaign, and if he had ever decided to run for President, we would likely be saying we’ve now had seven #15 presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Donald Trump! To say #15s are the consummate CEOs is clearly an understatement.
But now the unflappable game show host is facing his greatest challenge … stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Alex wanted to tell viewers himself, however, so he released a short video recorded in his Jeopardy! studio last week in which he poignantly stated, “I’m gonna fight this. I’m gonna keep working … and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to, because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy for 3 more years! So help me! Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”
Now that is how a stalwart #15 approaches his mortality! When asked a year or so ago about someone who might replace him, Alex replied, “It’s probably going to be a woman, somebody younger, somebody bright, somebody personable, somebody with a great sense of humor, so I nominated Betty White.” How appropriate, knowing White is a bubbly #9 FCAR! Reflecting on his life, Trebek again stated, “My life has been a quest for knowledge and understanding and I am nowhere near having achieved that. And it doesn’t bother me in the least. I will die without having come up with the answers to many things in life.”
Well, at least we hope Alex comes up with the biggest answer life poses, ‘what happens after death, and is there anything I can do now to influence that situation?’ So back to the quintessential FCIL, look no further than Alex Trebek, a man quite comfortable in his own skin. Our prayers go out to he and his family, and we hope for a miraculous recovery!
Written by: Staff
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