Techland Interview: Alex Trebek

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TL: Which one piece of technology could you not live without? Why?

AT: My television sets. I have many of them. I’m a TV watcher.

I have an Apple computer, which I use to play Spider Solitaire and do research on the internet.

The TiVo and the DVRs, though, are a godsend because they enable you to pick and choose what you want to watch when you want to watch it.

If you’re not available, if you’re going out to dinner, in the past you’d say, “Darn, I’m going to miss that episode,” and then you’d ask your friends and relatives what happened. Now you don’t have to worry about that. It’s there, it’s recorded. You come home and watch it the next morning.

Technology keeps advancing. I saw an ad yesterday from our parent company, Sony, with Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake talking about 3D and I’m saying to myself, “Hmmm. That’s the wave of the future.” There’s always something new. It was flat screen, it was wide screen, it’s high-def, now it’s going to be 3D. And I gotta get me one of those.

TL: How soon do you think you’ll start shooting Jeopardy in 3D?

AT: I don’t know. We were the first in high-def, so hopefully we’ll be the first in 3D. And then we’ll have a lot more visual clues. And I’ll be able to throw things at the television screen that cause you to duck.

If a contestant gives an incorrect response, maybe I’ll throw something at the contestant. I don’t know, maybe a tomato or something, and say “Aw, you idiot,” and the camera will pick that up.

Who knows? I’m getting meaner as I get older.


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