Book Review: Alex Trebek’s memoir ‘Alex Trebek, The Answer is…..’ is entertaining

Alex Trebek's memoir "Alex Trebek, The Answer is....."

An autobiography by one of the greatest game show hosts of all time, Alex Trebek details on his life in Canada and career in his new book, “Alex Trebek, The Answer is…..”

This television icon of “Jeopardy!” who has been in our homes for more than 36 years, talks about his only vice, cursing.  He injected curse words into his conversation, as he says, to fit in as one of the guys.  Although he admits that it didn’t help him become one of the guys. It did quite the opposite.  He says he doesn’t smoke, drink or do drugs.  Trebek admitted he was a bit of a rebellious troublemaker in his younger days.

Trebek reveals his passion in musk ox and horses.  In his younger days, he helped his dad who was a chef at the Nickel Range Hotel in Sudbury, Ontario.  It was there where he decided to be a broadcaster with the CBC.  Later he moved to Los Angeles to host the game show, “The Wizard of Odds.”

In 1984, he was offered to be the host of “Jeopardy!” and the rest is history.  Trebek worked two days a week for “Jeopardy!,” shooting five shows per day, with 15 minutes between shows to change his suit and touch up his makeup.

In 2019, he announced his Stage IV pancreatic cancer.  In his book, he talks about his dark days, the pain of chemotherapy and when to call it quits.  He hopes to be remembered as a “good and loving husband and father.”

I greatly enjoyed Alex Trebek’s memoir. He’s one of my favorite game show hosts. I would definitely recommend the book for everyone to read.

I watched the last two weeks of his “Jeopardy!” episodes before he unfortunately passed away. He offered words of encouragement to the viewers at the end of the show. On the very last game show, there was a tribute to Trebek. At that point, I didn’t realize how funny he was.


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