Book Review: The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek (Four Stars)
“Messing up on live TV taught me an important lesson about show business: learn to laugh at yourself.”
Not quite an autobiography, but close enough. Trebek shares anecdotes from his life and times. I knew little about him beyond his Jeopardy! persona. The format is appropriate, like answers from his game show.
“Yes, hard work and experience are essential. But so is timing. And luck. Don’t ever discount the importance of luck in terms of determining your opportunities and your future.”
Trebek has rougher edges than shown on television. He has opinions and preferences. He shares them.
“Courage is a conscious decision. You do it in a dangerous situation, when you have a choice. Here, there’s no choice. I’ve been diagnosed with a disease that is probably going to kill me. And probably sooner than later. So courage does not enter into it.”
He lived an almost-charmed life, and he recognizes it. A class act. A good read.
“I used to think not crying meant you were tough. Now I think crying means you’re tough. It means you’re strong enough to be honest and vulnerable. It means you’re not pretending.”
I didn’t watch his show. Yet from reading it seems he was genuine and kind. He had a good life.