I think it’s fair to say that living in 2017 is stressful. Amid fake news, protests, shootings, race-relations, an unorthodox and divisive presidency, and a whole lot of anger from every direction….Jeopardy is a god damn relief. A breath of fresh air.
A lot of what makes the show so calm and comforting can be tacked up to the demeanor of host Alex Trebek, who’s beautifully non-partisan outlook on life has a way of setting aside the issues so we can focus on trivia questions. Everyone needs a piece of that. But let’s be clear, that tranquility with which Trebek carries himself is not in the least bit artificial. He’s not faking it, and he certainly doesn’t do drugs. That’s just who he is.
So take it back a few years to 70’s California, the place is popping off with drugs and sex. But despite having repped a pornstar mustache, Alex Trebek is no hippie, and you probably know where this is going. He rolls into town fresh from Canada, innocent to the antics of the Golden* State….and immediately attends a dinner party.
Just envision it: Alex is awkwardly flubbin around the social scene of the party when he spots a couple trays of delicious-looking chocolate brownies. And they must of tasted delicious too, because once he tried one…he ate FIVE more!
He had never even tried marijuana, and definitely not a potent edible. Or six. Here’s how he puts it:
“It was by accident! I didn’t know what they were, I had just arrived in California and went to a friend’s house for dinner, and there were brownies. I love brownies—I’m a chocoholic—and I didn’t realize that they were hash brownies. And… whoa. That threw me for a loop. I took down about a half-dozen. The dinner party was on a Friday, and I was not able to leave that house until Sunday afternoon. I spent the next day and a half in bed. It was not a good trip, and I have not done any of that stuff since!”
I can’t help but feel bad for him, stuck in bed with his eyes flickering. It’s no wonder that he never went back to the stuff, hell I wouldn’t be surprised if he called off chocolate in general.