Alex Trebek

Tonight Jeopardy had a reigning champion who, though brilliant, sometimes stumbles on hard-to-pronounce words (like “actuarily”, which appeared in a category heading a couple nights before). The fellow stumbled and therefore mispronounced the correct answer to one of tonight’s questions. Normally, the rules require Alex to judge that an incorrect response, for technical reasons. But this time he didn’t, he acknowledged the pronunciation had been a little off, but accepted the answer as correct. It was an act of kindness by a man who always demonstrates sensibility and class. Mr. Trebek is such an important role model to young people, who need more real heroes  in these times of general disillusionment.

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