TMZ: Alex Trebek's Hometown in Canada Plans to Honor Him with a Memorial Following His Death
The Canadian hometown of the late Canadian-American television personality and game show host Alex Trebek is set to have a memorial in honor of the star following his tragic death on Sunday.
According to TMZ, in honor of the late Canadian television personality Alex Trebek, his devoted hometown folk of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, have decided to pay him a touching tribute to commemorate his passing.
The people of the city where he was born and raised have come together to honor his name by flying flags outside their City Hall and creating a virtual condolence book where they can leave notes and messages for the star's family.
Alex Trebek attending Harry Friedman being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, in November 2019. I Image: Getty Images
The Mayor of Greater Sudbury revealed that they planned to honor Trebek in a bigger way, and they already had some ideas on how to go about the whole affair.
He explained that it was proposed that they raise a public work of art, perhaps a statue of the tv star or a mural. He added that they were also thinking of linking Trebek to the public library, which would go under construction in the coming years.
Brian Bigger, the Mayor buttressed that since the game show host had always shown keen interest in education, adding him to the foundations of the yet-to-be-built library seemed like a fantastic idea.
Bigger, however, admitted that nothing was settled upon yet as all the planning was just at the preliminary stage, but he would relay the ideas during the next City Council meeting. Also, he added that the Trebek family were welcome to bring in their thoughts.
After it closed in 1975, Trebek took over in 1984 and continued to dazzle the viewers for the next 36 years.
For those wondering why a game show host is receiving the honor of such magnitude, it is apt to say that Trebek, during the course of his life, wrote his name among the stars with his remarkable on-air presence.
Born in Sudbury in 1940, the television personality started his career when the CBC hired him while he was still a student at the University of Ottawa. He anchored newscasts, sports shows, variety shows, and many others.
He then shifted to the much-acclaimed game show genre with his first appearance in CBC's "Reach for the Top." After a distinguishing performance, Trebek eventually became the host of the hit tv game show "Jeopardy!" which shot him into the limelight.
Trebek, who was known for his mustache back in the day, was not the original host of the show and the version he hosted was also not the original. The show actually debuted in 1964 with Art Fleming as the host.
After it closed in 1975, Trebek took over in 1984 and continued to dazzle the viewers for the next 36 years. In 1999, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, and in 2006, he was awarded another star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Unfortunately, after such an outstanding career run, the tv star announced in March last year that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He eventually passed away in his home on Sunday. No doubt, the world would miss such a shining star.