Alex Trebek

May 17th 1999 Celebrates Alex Trebek

Rest assure today’s story isn’t celebrating Alex Trebek’s birthday in fact did you know Alex Trebek is Canadian?

The reason for mentioning Alex Trebek today is because on May 17th 1999, Alex Trebek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Trebek’s first hosting job was on a Canadian music program called Music Hop in 1963. In 1966 he hosted a high school quiz show called Reach for the Top. From 1967 to 1970 he was a host for the CBC, introducing classical music programs including performances by Glenn Gould. In 1973 he moved to the United States and worked for NBC as host of a new game show, The Wizard of Odds.

It doesn’t seem Alex Trebek is been around that long does it?

Like other hosts of the day, Trebek made several guest appearances as panelist or player on other shows; one of his guest appearances was on a special week of NBC’s Card Sharks.

In 1987, while still hosting Jeopardy!, Trebek returned to daytime television as host of NBC’s Classic Concentration, his second show for Mark Goodson. He hosted both shows simultaneously until 20 September 1991, when Classic Concentration aired its final episode. In 1991 Trebek made broadcast history by becoming the first person to host three American game shows at the same time.

No wonder he got a star on the Hollywood Star of Fame.

Trebek and Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, traded places on April Fools’ Day 1997. Sajak hosted Jeopardy! And Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune with Sajak’s wife, Lesly, as Trebek’s co-host.

Sajak and Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White played contestants at the wheel, with winnings going toward charities.

As I leave this story on a personal note, since I love horses so much.

Did you know Alex Trebek owns and manages a 700 acre ranch near Paso Robles in Creston California, known as Creston Farms?

He breeds race horses on Creston Farms, thoroughbreds to be exact, Trebek’s colt named Reba’s Gold, is stakes winning son of Slew O’ Gold.

In lieu of today’s story there’s no horsing around when it comes to Alex’s Trebek.

Written and Created by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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