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WaPo: Heeere's Johnny Carson in an 'American Masters' portrait of the 'Tonight Show'

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by fgoodwin, May 13, 2012.

  1. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Active Member

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...ht-show-king/2012/05/11/gIQAVBpyHU_story.html

    It occurs to me that Johnny Carson's career on The Tonight Show (1962-1992) overlapped Tom Landry's career as HC of the Cowboys (1960-1988) almost perfectly.

    Both were icons in their fields. The Tonight Show (and late night TV in general) hasn't been the same since Johnny retired. And except for an all-too-brief period in the first half of the 90s, the Cowboys haven't been the same either.

    Anyway, not trying to start anything -- just wanted to give folks a heads-up about a two-hour special on Johnny Carson coming up Monday night (May 14) on PBS. Check your local listings.

    If you are a Carson fan, this sounds like "must-see TV" so set your Tivos and DVRs!

    Happy Mother's Day!
  2. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    When Johnny retired I stopped watching late night TV all together. NEVER saw a reason to go back.

    He was truly one of a kind.
  3. notherbob

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    While I respect the showmanship of Johnny Carson, it has been hard for me to respect him as a person. Before he became famous he was a personality on a local TV station in Omaha and used to eat lunch every day at the downtown restaurant (then called Dixon's) where my mother worked as a waitress and every day sat in her station and she always gave him the best service yet he never once left a tip for her. I made $200 a month back then but when I ate out I always tipped the waitress. I simply could not respect a person making at least 10 or 20 times my meager money not tipping a waitress. He just wasn't my kind of people.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Johnny Carson was notorious about being tight with money. It was not anything personal. You will find many of the best comedians were borderline socially functional. Johnny Carson personally was a very strange duck. There was a book by Craig Tennis I believe that came out in the late 70's. He worked on the Tonight show for years and his insight on Johnny will explain many of his quirks.

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