I love the game show "Jeopardy!" So I'm taking personally the news that host Alex Trebek is considering retirement. At 71, it's probably about time he does a little retirement planning, but the show just wouldn't be the same without him.
In an interview Sunday night with Fox News' Chris Wallace, Trebek said: "Yes, I have been thinking of retiring. But I’m torn because I enjoy doing the show so much. A lot of people have been telling me -- 'Alex, you’ve got to go for at least 30. You've just done 28. Now at least do two more.' So that has a nice ring to it. Put in your 30, and then go help people."
He doesn't know it, but he already helped me a lot. I was a single mom and worked nights. Finding what they call "quality time" with my kids was tough. That was where "Jeopardy!" came in. At 7 every night, I'd take a break, turn on the TV, grab my dinner bag and give my youngest a call. He'd get the dinner I left him out of the microwave, turn on the TV in the kitchen, and we'd watch "Jeopardy!" "together" -- and play along.
I think Trebek helped keep my kid on the straight and narrow through years that weren't easy for us. Watching all those smart people on TV was an important reason for him to study and read. Thanks, Alex.
My kid turns 29 this year. He's doing OK -- I'm proud of him. Once in awhile, we still play "Jeopardy!" -- and he beats me.