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This beloved game show host and television icon has a new book out in which he looks back on a long and storied career.

Who is … Alex Trebek?

The longtime host of “Jeopardy!” has written a memoir, titled “The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life” (Simon & Schuster, $26). It’s a chance to not just celebrate who Trebek has become, but to remember the earlier parts of the journey that led here – and to do so in his own words.

It’s a gentle voyage, to be sure. In a lot of ways, the book offers up its titular answer in much the spirit of the game show that came to define him – simply, concisely and accurately. The book matches the man, largely genial but with just a hint of remove.

As it should be.

(This is where I remind everybody that I was a contestant on “Jeopardy!” In fact, I was reading this book two years to the day after I got the call that I was going to be on the show. Obviously, this influenced the way that I experienced this book and I’m not going to pretend full objectivity. Nor am I going to ignore an in-context opportunity to mention it. I apologize for nothing.)

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As of Monday night, James Holzhauer and I finally have something in common: We both lost on “Jeopardy!” Granted, it took 33 games for Holzhauer to go down and it took me, well … one … but still.

What is arguably the most dominant streak in game show history has finally come to an end. The 34-year-old professional gambler fell to Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago. After 32 wins in a row – the second-longest streak in the 35 seasons of the venerable program – Holzhauer finally fell.

But it wasn’t in the way I expected.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:01

I lost on ‘Jeopardy!’

BANGOR – I lost on “Jeopardy!”

On Oct. 30, a Tuesday, the episode – my episode - finally hit the airwaves. After over two months of vague answers to the questions asked by friends, acquaintances and strangers alike, I can finally say it: I lost. Despite playing what I considered to be a pretty strong game, in the end, it didn’t work out for me.

And it’s OK. Obviously, I would have loved to be a champion, but the truth is that the experience itself is what really wound up mattering.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:19

Edge editor to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’

BANGOR – This local writer and editor is going to appear on “Jeopardy!”

Who is … me?

Yeah - you’re going to see me on “Jeopardy!”

For real. I, Allen Adams, editor of The Maine Edge, will make my “Jeopardy!” debut on October 30. The syndicated question and answer show – currently in the midst of its 35th anniversary season – airs locally at 7:30 p.m. on WVII.

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