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Alex's words, as depicted by artist Andrew Long. (Twitter: @nowhammies10; Instagram: @andrewlong103) Thanks to fellow Woman of Jeopardy! Michelle Cabral.

An ode (of sorts) to Alex Trebek

This week, after I heard the news that “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I felt like I should write something. So I wrote this for While You Were Working SmartBrief (one of the 200-plus email newsletters my company publishes). Thanks to editor Sean McMahon for running it and allowing me to share it here. (After you read this, go read this good Washington Post article that we linked to.)

(Note from Sean) Cathy Guiles is a SmartBriefer who sometimes helps me produce WYWW. She eloquently penned the following message of support for Alex Trebek:

This “Jeopardy!” champion can’t imagine a world without Alex Trebek

When I appeared as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” seven years ago this month, winning two games, I was so anxious that the only response I gave to Alex Trebek the two times he spoke to me outside of the contestant interview portion and the game itself was some nervous laughter. Getting to interact in person with someone I had watched on TV for most of my life was a joy I’ll never forget.

Like other “Jeopardy!” fans and contestants, I was heartbroken when I watched Trebek’s announcement Wednesday that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But his affable-yet-straightforward personality was on full display as he explained his plan to keep working and told viewers, “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win.”

Based on the reaction I’ve seen from fellow “Jeopardy!” contestants on Facebook, who are posting pictures of themselves with him and adding special frames (as I did last night), Trebek has a ton of support. A world without him is unthinkable to me — but for the time being, I’ll keep him in my prayers and keep watching “Jeopardy!” — Cathy Guiles

(Photo caption: Alex’s words, as depicted by Andrew Long. Thanks to fellow Woman of Jeopardy! Michelle Cabral.)

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