The world continues to mourn the demise of Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy! Within the wake of his demise, folks have provided many touching private tales of the ways in which Trebek, and the present Jeopardy! itself, have touched their lives.
For some, it was a night ritual to observe this system with relations. For others, it was a method to be taught the English language. For nonetheless others, it was a method to uncover college topics may very well be extra attention-grabbing as they expanded their information in regards to the world.
As I write this, one of many points being mentioned in Sudbury, Alex’s hometown, is naming the brand new library after the favored TV host.
Within the early days of that dialogue, a variety of opinions have been shared. Some thought the thought a pure. Trebek, in any case, cared about studying. He has donated hundreds of thousands to his alma mater, the College of Ottawa, for the betterment of post-secondary training. Trebek was a driving pressure within the annual pupil Jeopardy! competitions the place college college students competed for scholarships. How becoming it will be to so honour this big of the tv business?
Others thought such discuss is extra nonsense than perception. What has Trebek accomplished for Sudbury? The place has he been the final 60 plus years, since going away to college? Why not acknowledge the volunteers who make our metropolis nice now, as a substitute of an absent former resident who reveals up on our tv screens every night time?
A 3rd suggestion linked Trebek to the most cancers centre. In spite of everything, the person died from most cancers after a really public admission of his sickness. He vowed to beat the illness, and in opposition to virtually all odds did reside for 20 months with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers. Certainly, such willpower could be a beacon of hope for individuals who will search most cancers remedy sooner or later.
The choice could have been made by the point you learn this, however I favour the library possibility. There’s a pure hyperlink to a library and all that Trebek stood for. He made certain the Jeopardy! writers had a minimum of one query about Canada in each present, reminding the viewers that Canada is a vital a part of North America.
Honouring Trebek on this means additionally lets everybody know that Sudbury is dwelling to nice innovators, considerate leaders, and individuals who have impressed others. Trebek is certainly one of a protracted line of people in sports activities, politics, training, science, mining, drugs, faith (to call a couple of areas) who’ve represented Sudbury nicely. He’s a dwelling reply to the pesky query some in our land nonetheless ask: “Can something good from Sudbury?”
Years in the past I used to be requested if I didn’t reside in Toronto (as I did then), the place would I need to reside? I mentioned: ‘Sudbury.’ With horror, the inquirer requested: “Why Sudbury?” The retort was laden with contempt for a metropolis the person knew little about and had by no means visited.
Jesus additionally helped folks to really feel assured about their roots, regardless of the place they have been born.
Individuals requested: “Can something good from Nazareth?” Jesus proved it might, as a result of he did.
Chris Hatfield, the retired Canadian astronaut, spent far much less time in Sarnia as a baby than Alex Trebek did in Sudbury, however Sarnia named their airport after him. A becoming tribute. As one who grew up in Sarnia, a metropolis nonetheless referred to as “the top of the road” and “the armpit of Ontario” as a result of air pollution within the St. Clair River, I do know the worth of getting one’s birthplace acknowledged positively.
The Alex Trebek Library has a pleasant ring. However why not title the most cancers centre after him? One easy motive: We must always bear in mind folks for what they lived for, not what they died from.
A fundamental tenet for folks of religion.
The Rev. Dr. Invoice Steadman is part-time minister of Goulais River United Church and Honorary Affiliate of St. James Anglican Church, Goulais River.