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"WHAT IS JEOPARDY!?"

BY FRANZ LIDZ

MAY 1, 1989

"Jeopardy! has been around since 1964, so in a sense it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, though it was off the air from '75 to '78 and again from '79 to '84. In its current incarnation, the show is slicker, faster, more high-tech. The mechanical marvel of the original game board, with its pivoting question slats, has been replaced by an electronic marvel that would make H.G. Wells envious. Gone too is the robust, if somewhat unctuous original host, Art Fleming, who has been supplanted by the natty, clipped and aloof Alex Trebek. The times are right for Jeopardy!; Trivial Pursuit only whetted the Baby Boomers' appetite for the data diet."