Book Review: The Answer Is…Alex Trebek

It has been a minute since I have posted on this blog. I know that there has been plenty of news floating around, but some life events have distracted me from putting my full efforts into the blog. I still care about my readers, but I just needed to prioritize these exciting life events and take a breather to reflect on life and spend time with the family.

I recently finished Alex Trebek’s new book The Answer Is…: Reflections on my Life, which has highlights of Trebek’s life that are set up in anecdotal chapters, starting with his childhood and through his time in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. This book gave me a different perspective of Alex Trebek, but in a good way. I always thought that Trebek was slightly intimidating and not so relatable, as he is the host of one of the most intellectual game shows in the history of television. The truth is that he seems so down to earth despite his successes and fortunes. It’s interesting to get into his head about his thoughts on his life and the world. He curses a couple of times throughout the book and even includes a chapter about cursing, which I found amusing given my opinion of him previously. Trebek also provides his opinion of those who have lampooned throughout his career. I would recommend this book to just about anyone. Trebek has been such a revered figure in the entertainment industry, even before his cancer diagnosis, and will continue to be throughout the rest of his life. Entering the head of someone that is as respected as he is provides one with a new and refreshing perspective.

Of course, with any book that I read (I mentioned this in a previous post), there is some reflection. As I said before, Alex Trebek is a beloved figure, no matter your political differences, race, religion, etc. He is part of a rare group of entertainers that fall into this category. I started this book around the time that Regis Philbin had died, who is another that is a rare find in the entertainment industry. I remember watching Live when I was a child and when the show was enjoyable to watch. Many have reflected on how Regis could turn a story about his plans the previous night and just enamor the listener. His tenure on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire also reminds that he is someone who didn’t take himself seriously, but took his job seriously, which is something that I think makes a consummate and respected professional. Alex Trebek and Regis Philbin are those that are part of an era in entertainment with dime- a-dozen personalities. It will be hard to replicate them in the future.

Another reflection I have had after finishing this book is a little bit more solemn, and it’s about mortality. Lately, it’s not unheard of to think about this. I think it’s important to remember that time is fleeting and life is short, even if we want time to go faster so that we can get out of this. Trebek is a fortunate person that may have the financial means to do what he wants to fulfill his goals and make the world a better place (i.e. scholarship funds to certain schools, philanthropic efforts, etc.). If you have a dream or goal that you want to fulfill that doesn’t necessarily require the value of a dollar, go ahead and just do it. I may sound like a Nike ad, but it’s true. One thing that is also important to take away from this book to spend time or reach out to your loved ones as well, depending on whether you are able to spend time with them (sadly, COVID still exists and it is important to take the proper precautions). Lately, it may seem like every day is Groundhog Day, but it is important to know that each day is a different day and take advantage of it as best as possible.   

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