‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Wishes Happy 100th Birthday to Man Who ‘Gave Me the Greatest Honor of My Life’

by Madison Miller

Popular “Jeopardy!” superstar and former guest host, Ken Jennings, is wishing a happy birthday to someone who gave him a great honor in 2004.

It was right at the time Jennings had won 74 consecutive “Jeopardy!” games. He has the record for the longest winning streak as well as the record for the highest average correct responses per game.

Throughout the course of his “Jeopardy!” appearances, Jennings has earned about $4,522,700. He holds the record for the highest American game show winnings.

Since his long winning spree on the show, Jennings has become an infamous part of popular culture. This is partially why he received the honor of guest hosting directly following Alex Trebek’s death. Now, he’s wishing a happy birthday to the man behind one of his favorite shout-outs during this game-changing part of his life.

Ken Jennings and Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee is a popular cartoonist. He is notorious for his bizarre and fun renditions in the satirical magazine, “Mad.” His trademark is what was called the “Mad Fold-in” where he created an image that changed once you folded it inward.

He remains one of the most iconic cartoonists with decades in the business. Jennings should probably frame the issue that features a funnily-accurate version of himself.

In 2004, he created a magazine spread that turned into “Jeopardy!” icon Ken Jennings. In a tweet, Jennings wrote, “Happy 100th birthday to the great Al Jaffee, who gave me the greatest honor of my life in 2004.” He also wrote, “I’ve always admired the artistry of putting Michael Moore in a ‘Nine-Eleven’ sweatshirt that folds into my name.”

Jaffee played on the structure of “Jeopardy!” where contestants have to answer trivia questions in question form while making his satirical spread. The top has the question, “What obnoxious bore is notorious for asking questions no one else does?”

When the magazine folds in Michael Moore suddenly becomes Ken Jennings. It’s an honor to be drawn by Jaffee, one in which Jennings calls “Better than a Grammy.”

The main headline on the magazine reads, “Seems like everywhere we look, some self-important know-it-all is boring us to tears with an endless stream of pointless inquiries. To find out who the worst offender is, fold page in as shown.”

According to Guinness World Records, Al Jaffee has the longest-ever career as a comic artist. He has been working in the field from 1942 to 2020. Today he is turning 100.

In June 2020, he announced his retirement. He is also the longest contributor to Mad Magazine. Jaffree was a contributor to the magazine for over 65 years.

He started the Fold-In for a 1964 issue and it was his longest-running feature. There was once a Fold-In question on “Jeopardy!” which Jaffee got a kick out of at the time.

Besides hosting “Jeopardy!” Ken Jennings was also on “The Chase.” Contestants compete against some of the greatest game show champions, Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer.