Los dos últimos episodios de peligro antes de la muerte de Alex Trebek revelaron una lección importante para la vida.

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Mi esposa y yo hablamos sobre la muerte de Alex Trebek, presentador de ¡Peligro! durante el fin de semana e hicimos algo increíble sobre el espectáculo.

No es solo que Trebek fue la estrella de algo que se deslizó en nuestra conciencia compartida durante tanto tiempo, o que hizo su trabajo de manera tan constante que se convirtió en un elemento clave. otro Medios de culto, algunos de ellos hace décadas.

Por ejemplo tener Alguna vez has visto la película Día de la Marmota? Tiene 27 años; Hay una escena clave donde el personaje de Bill Murray está mirando ¡Peligro! (El signo de exclamación es parte del nombre del programa).

O la comedia de situación de los 80 salud? Hay un episodio clásico en el que uno de los personajes principales se lleva bien ¡Peligro!

Qué tal si, Los hombres blancos no pueden saltar? Es de 1992; Uno de los grandes puntos de la trama tiene que ver con el objetivo principal de un personaje secundario en la vida: actuar y ganar. ¡Peligro!

Pero hay mucho más.

Trebek era, según todos los informes, una persona decente y generosa, y su estabilidad como anfitrión era admirable, incluso después de que le diagnosticaron cáncer de páncreas y se sometió al tratamiento extenuante, a veces doloroso, que esperaba que prolongara su vida.

La semana pasada, los espectadores se enteraron de algo más que había sucedido como resultado del mandato de Trebek.

El jueves el ganador de la penúltima ¡Peligro! muestran que antes de la muerte de Trebek, Burt Thakur, de 37 años, un ingeniero de Palm Springs, California, estaba al aire. Y al final del programa, cuando Trebek le preguntó a Thakur si tenía familiares o amigos en casa que lo arraigaran, Thakur dio una respuesta emocional.

«Aquí hay una historia real, hombre», dijo Thakur, quien, según se informa, emigró a los Estados Unidos desde la India a la edad de 8 años y aprendió hindi y urdu por primera vez. «Aprendí inglés gracias a ti. Mi abuelo, quien me crió … Me sentaba en su regazo todos los días y te escuchaba. Así que es un momento muy especial para mí, hombre. Gracias».

La historia de Thakur resonó entre los inmigrantes estadounidenses y otras personas de todo el mundo que dijeron que ellos también aprendieron las culturas inglesa y estadounidense al ver ¡Peligro!

«Este programa definitivamente aceleró ese proceso cuando se dio cuenta de que había más de una forma de expresar un pensamiento o intención», dijo la comediante coreano-estadounidense June Yoon, quien emigró a los Estados Unidos a la edad de 14 años y se Inglés mejorado viendo el programa.

Una de las cosas que me encanta de este fenómeno es simplemente que Trebek no podía saber el impacto que estaba teniendo, al menos no al principio.

Escribí sobre la extraña experiencia de Carol Spinney interpretando Big Bird a principios de este año. plaza Sésamoy que tuvo que poner un pequeño televisor en su enorme traje para moverse.

Un resultado, escribió más tarde, fue que siempre se observaba a sí mismo desde el exterior: «la misma imagen que ve el espectador, no el mundo desde el punto de vista del pájaro».

Pero Trebek no tenía esa ventaja.

En cambio, simplemente hizo el trabajo, programa tras programa, desde 1984 hasta este año, como dice un obituario, «una instalación autoritaria e inquebrantable para millones de estadounidenses que organizaban sus fines de semana en torno al programa».

Él moderó más de 8,000 episodios, un récord, y solo lo saltó una vez en 36 años: la broma de April Fool de 1997, como Trebek y mucho tiempo Rueda de la fortuna El anfitrión Pat Sajak cambió de lugar.

Con el tiempo, por supuesto, Trebek comprendió la importancia del programa y pasó a ver una especie de fama omnipresente, discreta y relajante.

Pero me sorprendieron todas las demás familias: ¡niños que aprenden inglés, padres que hacen que sus hijos vean Jeopardy! porque podría decirse que era educativo y podían estar seguros de que no contendría contenido al que sus hijos no deberían estar expuestos.

Esa es la clave para tener éxito para mí: la idea de que su verdadero legado podría ser incluso más grande de lo que imagina cuando se presente y haga su trabajo todos los días y entregue resultados consistentes, incluso los días en que se realiza. lo más difícil es.

Es posible que nunca conozca a todas las personas en cuyas vidas influye o cómo. Sin embargo, el compromiso y la perseverancia pueden ser virtudes y pueden dar sus frutos de formas que ni siquiera sabrás.

El campeón del jueves, Thakur, regresó el viernes al programa que se emitió por última vez durante la vida de Trebek.

Siguió filmando espectáculos hasta hace dos semanas. ¡Peligro! dijo. Su último episodio saldrá al aire el día de Navidad.

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It's not just that Trebek was the star of something that weaved its way into our shared consciousness for so long, or that he did his job so steadily that it became a key part of other iconic media, some of it from decades ago.

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For example, have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? It's 27 years old; there's a key scene in which Bill Murray's character watches Jeopardy! (The exclamation point is part of the show's name.)

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Or else, the 1980s sitcom, Cheers? There's a classic episode in which one of the main characters gets on Jeopardy!

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How about, White Men Can't Jump? It's from 1992; one of the big plot points has to do with a supporting character's key goal in life: to appear on and win Jeopardy!

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But there's something much more than that.

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By all accounts, Trebek was a decent, generous human being, and his stability as host was admirable, even after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and began the strenuous, sometimes painful treatment that he hoped would extend his life.

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Last week, viewers learned about something else that happened as a result of Trebek's tenure.

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On Thursday, the winner of the second-to-last Jeopardy! show that aired before Trebek's death was Burt Thakur, 37, an engineer from Palm Springs, California. And at the end of the show, when Trebek asked Thakur if he had family or friends at home rooting him on, Thakur gave an emotional answer.

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"Here's a true story, man," said Thakur, whom reports later said immigrated to the United States from India at age 8, and who first learned Hindi and Urdu. "I learned English because of you. My grandfather who raised me ... I used to sit on his lap and listen to you every day. So, it's a pretty special moment for me, man. Thank you very much."

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Thakur's story clearly resonated with American immigrants and others around the world, who said they, too, learned English and U.S. culture by watching Jeopardy!

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"That show most definitely accelerated that process, in realizing that there's more than one way to express a thought or an intent," said Korean-American comedian June Yoon, who immigrated to the U.S. at age 14 and improved his English by watching the show.

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One of the things I love about this phenomenon, is simply that Trebek couldn't have known the impact he was having -- at least not in the beginning.

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I wrote earlier this year about the odd experience of Carol Spinney, who played Big Bird on Sesame Street, and who had to rig a small television inside his giant suit to be able to move around.

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One result, he later wrote, was that he was always watching himself from the outside -- seeing "the same picture the viewer sees, not the world form the Bird's point of view."

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But Trebek didn't have that advantage. 

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Instead, he simply did the work, show after show, from 1984 to this year, as one obituary put it, "an authoritative and unflappable fixture for millions of Americans who organized their weeknights around the program."

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He hosted more than 8,000 episodes -- a record -- and skipped only once in 36 years: April Fool's Day in 1997, when Trebek and longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak switched places.

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Over time, of course, Trebek understood the show's significance, and he experienced a kind of ubiquitous, low-key, calming fame. 

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But it made me wonder about all the other families out there -- children learning English, parents letting their kids watch Jeopardy! because it was arguably educational, and they could be confident it wouldn't include content they didn't want their kids exposed to.

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That's the key takeaway for me: the notion that if you show up, and you do your job each day, and you deliver consistent results--even on the days when it's the hardest--your real legacy might be even greater than you imagine.

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You might never know all the people whose lives you influence, or how. But, dedication and consistency can be virtues, and they can pay off in ways you'll never even know about.

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Thursday's champion, Thakur, was back on Friday's show, which was the last one to air during Trebek's lifetime.

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He kept filming shows until as recently as two weeks ago, Jeopardy! said. His final episode will air on Christmas Day.

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