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Art Fleming - Original Jeopardy Host 'Who was Art Fleming?' That would be the correct question to the answer, 'The original host of Jeopardy!' Fleming was an actor who had no experience as a TV host. Jeopardy! creator Merv Griffin saw Fleming in commercials and thought his 'authoritarian but warm' persona would be perfect for his new quiz show. Griffin's instinct proved to be right. Fleming's stint as host of daytime Jeopardy! on NBC ran from the debut broadcast on Monday, March 30, 1964 to its conclusion on Friday, January 3, 1975 and encompassed 2,753 shows. Fleming also hosted a nighttime version of Jeopardy! during its NBC years, plus two short-lived syndicated attempts to revive the show after 1975. He never missed hosting a single episode. Sadly, NBC saw no point in keeping the tapes of old game shows, so the vast majority of the original Jeopardy! shows were destroyed and are lost forever. Fleming died of pancreatic cancer in 1995 at age 70.
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Added: 25th March 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-03-25 
Here's a bit of Jeopardy! trivia to impress your friends: NBC replaced Jeopardy! with Wheel of Fortune (hosted by Chuck Woollery).
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-03-25 
In the Twilight Zone:The Movie segment called Kick the Can the residents of a nursing home was watching Jeopardy!
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2010-03-25 
Jeopardy is the best TV game show ever. And still going strong. Between the two I'll watch Jeopardy before Wheel of Fortune. I still don't understand why some of there contestants on Wheel buy a vowel when they already know the answer. Baffles me Lol!!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-03-26 
Jeopardy! was a hugely popular noontime game show for most of its run on NBC. Its time slot allowed office workers and college students to tune in during their lunch hours. Jeopardy! developed a very loyal audience.

Then for some unfathomable reason, NBC moved Jeopardy! from its lunchtime slot to 10 a.m.--and lost most of its passionate fans because they were unable to watch it.

Imagine that: NBC trying to fix something that wasn't broken and screwing up their programming! History repeats itself, doesn't it?
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-03-26 
Just another in the line of boneheaded network decisions.
Posted by: Steve on 2010-03-26 
That's right Lava, I remember when my dad would come home for lunch and he would watch it. As a kid I recalled it being boring because I hardly understood it. I do watch it to this day though. I'm pretty good at Final Jeopardy!
Posted by: Clevelandrox on 2010-03-26 
And let's not forget one of the best scenes in Airplane 2: The Sequel, when Lloyd Bridges tells Robert Hays that he's putting the entire plane in jeopardy...what do we see next? Art Fleming hosting a game of Jeopardy aboard the plane!!
Posted by: Pfc on 2010-03-26 
You are right Clevelandrox that is a classic!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-04-05 
I've done some further research and found a few more facts about the original NBC version of Jeopardy! and its great host Art Fleming.

Lin Bolen was the short-sighted NBC programming executive who moved Jeopardy! from its longtime noon time slot and into obscurity. Who knows? Maybe if Bolen hadn't tampered with Jeopardy! it still might be on NBC today.

Art Fleming did not particularly like pop culture questions. He preferred questions that tested contestants on traditional scholarly knowledge. When Jeopardy made a comeback in 1984, Fleming turned down the job as host. One reason cited is that he feared the show would be too focused on pop culture questions. Fleming also disagreed with the new rule that decreed that only the daily winner could keep his/her accumulated prize money.
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