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I'll take 'why should read history,' Alex | History Files


Last updated 10/17/2019 at 12:14pm

"You have no chance of winning. You are too old and your reflexes are too slow. These young people will all be faster."

Such was the cheerful advice of Alex Trebek at dinner. One of the perks as a contestant on "Jeopardy!" is that if you haven't been eliminated in the first three shows of a taping session, a catered buffet dinner is provided to the crew and invited contestants.

A week of shows were taped each day. You made it to dinner if you hadn't played yet, or if you had won. At least that is how it worked 30 years ago. I hadn't played yet. Alex sat at my left at dinner, and we talked...

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