Sunday, January 23, 2005

A Sad Day

Fox News is reporting (via the AP) that Johnny Carson has passed away from essentially emphysema. When I can find a link, I'll post it in the comments section.

On a personal note, I had the privilege of seeing Johnny several times. During the summer of 1988, I did an internship on the NBC lot. I befriended members of his props staff, and they invited me to watch the show with them backstage whenever I wanted (which I did often). Johnny seemed to be a bit shy, so I never approached him but I do recall one time he looked at me and gave me a thumbs-up. He was brilliant. He was one of the few people who understood that the interview was about the person he was interviewing -- not himself. There isn't anyone who gets it today who has a show. It's a shame no one learned from him. He was an original.

4 Comments:

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Here it is: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=1&u=/ap/20050123/ap_on_en_tv/obit_carson

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

I just heard about it a few minutes ago. Nobody was a funny as he was. I am thinking about buying one of those DVD sets with all of his shows. I was pretty young when he had his show. But, I always watched the reruns later on.

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Esther said...

He was incredible. I think I want to get those DVDs too.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

Johnny C. was a class act: he knew how to arrive, what to do while he was here, and when to depart. Class.

 

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