SAN FRANCISCO — No one needed to buzz in with a response when “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek appeared at Google headquarters to host the National Geographic World Championship. The question, clearly, was why he was hobbling on crutches.
“The answer is, at 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall at my San Francisco hotel until my Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap to the carpeting,” he jokingly explained Wednesday in the show’s signature answer-before-question format.
Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and receiving stolen property. She’s accused of stealing cash, a bracelet and other items from the room where Trebek was staying with his wife, Jean.
On Thursday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Jeff Ross set Moyers’ bail at $625,000 and ordered her to stay at least 150 feet away from the Trebeks.
Moyers, in an orange jail jumpsuit, didn’t speak except to say “yes” when Ross asked if she wanted a public defender. Her arraignment was postponed until Monday.
Trebek, 71, said he snapped the Achilles tendon while running after the woman around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is scheduled to have surgery Friday and is expected to be in a cast for six weeks.
Trebek, who has hosted the syndicated quiz show “Jeopardy!” since 1984, told KNTV he was sleeping at the Marriott Marquis Hotel when he realized someone was inside his room looking through his belongings.
“I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming,” he said. “A moment later, I got up and saw that the door was being held open by a wad of tissue. I opened the door and saw a woman walking away, and I realized immediately that someone had been in the room.”
Trebek said he ran down the hall and confronted her.
NY judge: Marvel wins Spider-Man, X-Men lawsuit
NEW YORK — A New York judge has ruled that Marvel Worldwide Inc. owns the copyrights to more than a dozen superheroes, including Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, rejecting the claims of a legendary artist’s estate.
Judge Colleen McMahon ruled for the company on Thursday. Marvel had sought to invalidate 45 notices sent by the heirs of artist Jack Kirby to try to terminate Marvel’s copyrights, effective on dates ranging from 2014 through 2019.
The famed artist died in 1994. The comics were published between 1958 and 1963.
Marvel had said the work was done “for hire,” a legal term that would render the heirs’ claims invalid. A lawyer for the Kirby family did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.