I turned seven years old in 1984.
It was the year that Ronald Reagan demolished Walter Mondale in the Presidential election, Mary Lou Retton won the hearts of Americans during the Los Angeles Olympics, and Mark Zuckerberg was born. It was the year that the first Apple Macintoch went on sale and the year that the AIDS virus was identified. Dallas was the #1 TV show and Ghostbusters was one of the top movies.
It was also the year that Alex Trebek began hosting Jeopardy. And he is still one of the most beloved game show hosts of all time.
How has he been able to maintain his astonishing popularity all these years? Here are my 4 guesses:
1. The Mustache Factor. The fact that Trebek shaved his ‘stache in 2001 really doesn’t matter. When people think of him, they picture him with a gloriously hairy upper-lip. He proved that facial hair isn’t just for the big and burly; guys with small, pasty white hands could rock a ‘stache, too.
2. The Canadian Factor. What two things do Alex Trebek, Celine Dion, and Keanu Reeves have in common? All three were born in Canada and all three are loved by all. Or not. Anyway, Trebek was born in Canada, but became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1998. If there is one thing we love more than Canadians, it is Canadians that defect. (Just kidding, Larry Hehn)
3. The SNL Factor. While Trebek was popular prior to the Saturday Night Live skit(s) featuring Will Ferrell as Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery, the increased attention surely didn’t hurt anything. But I’m pretty sure that Trebek would lay the smackdown on Connery in real life.
4. The Is-He-Or-Isn’t-He-Intelligent Factor. I have no idea if Trebek is smart of not and I like that about him. He could be a genius or he could just be able to read. I watch Jeopardy just to see if Trebek will ever slip up and say, “Uuuuuhhhhhh.” So far it hasn’t happened.
I love Alex Trebek even though I have never met him and probably never will.
There are plenty of other people who I will come into contact with during my lifetime; some I will interact with and some I will ignore.
If I encountered Alex Trebek, I am certain that I would not ignore him. I would probably go out of my way to meet him and be kind to him.
I would probably treat him differently than someone who isn’t famous. Even though I shouldn’t.
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.
James 2: 1
Famous or not.
Clean or not.
Able to repay the kindness or not.
We are to called to treat everyone as we would like be treated.
Alex Trebek is cool and has been around a long time, but Jesus has been around much, much longer.
If we follow His example we will love others.
(Who is your favorite all-time game show host and why? What have you done to show kindness to those that society has pushed aside? Share away?)