Monday, January 24, 2005

JOHNNY CARSON -- 1925-2005

I was pretty bummed out yesterday when I heard about Johnny's death. Hadn't heard his health was failing, but that's because he kept out of the public eye and generally wasn't pursued by the paparazzi. He got to live the last 13 years of his life exactly the way he wanted without being bothered by anyone.

I watched maybe 90% of all of his shows. Unfortunately, no one has the type of show he had, which is sad. Both Leno's and Letterman's shows have degenerated into celebrity PR events and neither one of them, or anyone else, has the quality that was Carson's best -- he was a terrific listener.

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