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A sad farewell to Alex Trebek
Patty Leon new

Cancer sucks!

I was shocked and severely depressed to hear about the passing of beloved Jeopardy Game Show host Alex Trebek Sunday. I’ve been watching Jeopardy for years and recently got my Mom hooked into watching the show with me every night. In fact we don’t answer any phone calls during our Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy game hour.  

I knew he was a great person and was giving Pancreatic Cancer a good run for its money.

I watched a special episode of 20/20: Alex Trebek Remembered, which aired on Sunday night, just hours after his passing.

I learned things about my favorite TV host that I never knew and made me love him even more for his decency and compassion.

He was a humble philanthropist giving away millions to his favorite charity, World Vision, which serves needy children around the world.

Trebek was born in Canada and started his TV career there. He was fluent in English and French.

He was a champion of truth and kindness and never truly showed the world his pain. He worked right to the very end, taping five episodes of Jeopardy a day up until two weeks ago. It’s weird knowing he is gone but we will still be able to see his smiling face on newly recorded episodes said to extend until Mid-December. 

It’s hard to imagine how anyone could take his place. My thoughts go out to his wife and children.

I’ll take Alex Trebek for $1,000 – Answer is: Who was the greatest TV host of all time!

Something else pretty dramatic, took place over the weekend. Most major TV news networks and newspapers projected Joe Biden the 46th elected President of the US. If the projection holds true, it will mean Kamala Harris would be the first woman and person of color to serve as our country’s Vice President.

It was the most impressive turnout in voting history and both candidates broke records on the most recorded votes. According to preliminary results there will be two run-offs for Senate in Georgia – John Ossoff vs. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler against Raphael Warnock.

Unfortunately, that means there will still be a few of those nasty TV political attack ads airing. I was hoping that we would be done with that.

As for the Presidential election, there is still a long road ahead before anyone is sworn in on January 20, 2021. 

I’ve heard a few people cry foul about the results. Just as it happened by the other side in 2016. It happens every election cycle when the turnout doesn’t fall in favor of the person you voted for. 

But this election was the first time in many years that I can recall where poll workers BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICANS worked side by side and carefully tabulated the results. In fact, many of the states that were called for Biden are run by Republicans that oversee the Election Board as is the case in Georgia.

News organizations cautiously avoided calling states in favor of one candidate over the other, especially states where the results were close. Everyone patiently waited.

So now the rumbling of cheating, voter fraud, a stolen election will make headlines for the time being. The Country remains divided. The healing cannot begin. The finger-pointing and fearmongering gets to continue.

It’s truly sad and mentally draining.

We need to let the process run its course. Let them complete any and all requested recounts. I’m all for presenting EVIDENCE. It if exists it should be brought forward judiciously and see what the final verdict is. These next few days and weeks need to play out. Hopefully, we can do so peacefully, righteously and justly.

In the meantime, COVID cases continue to grow in rapid numbers here and once again across Europe. The notion that this deadly virus would miraculously disappear after the election has now been proven to be just another lie in the politicalized landscape of us vs. them, a few will die (238,000 and climbing) so it is what it is.

Monday morning Pfizer announced their COVID-19 vaccine candidate, has demonstrated evidence of efficacy against the coronavirus in participants without prior evidence of infection, according to their Phase 3 clinical study.

Meaning we are getting closer to having a vaccine but still waiting on final trial results before they manufacture approximately 50 million doses by the end of 2020 and 1.3 billion doses in 2021. I hope this is true and safe!

Lastly and more importantly. 

Wednesday is Veterans Day. A day to honor all who have served our great country in times of war and in peace. To salute those who are with us and remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. It takes courage and conviction to sign up and serve. To possibly place your life on the line to save others and protect our rights. I commend you for being steadfast in your duties and I thank you for your service.

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