The closest I ever got to Jeopardy

I was saddened to hear of the death of Alex Trebek at the age of 80. The longtime host of Jeopardy had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Trebek’s passing reminded me that somewhere buried in my basement is a tape of an in-person studio interview I did at WUWM in the mid 80’s with Art Fleming, the original host of the popular game show.

Fleming only had words to say about Trebek but I clearly recall he had one major complaint about the TV program. He claimed the questions, or answers if you will, had become much too easy and that when he was host they were more difficult making for a more competitive show. Fleming said the producers of the newer program wanted to build audience and popularity by giving away larger cash prizes.

Fleming died, can you believe it, of pancreatic cancer on April 25, 1995, just two weeks after he was diagnosed.

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