May 13, 1988 |
Johnny Carson's mediocre opening monologue Wednesday night, which he wrote himself, was a totally convincing demonstration of why the king of late-night television normally feels a need for 10 joke writers to help him. His spotty soliloquy was the kind of uneven stuff that - as has happened so often in the past when a joke has fallen flat - has caused Carson to make some sour crack about the limp lines handed him. He couldn't do that this...
September 9, 1993 |
Johnny Carson will be among five artists to receive Kennedy Center honors at a Washington gala Dec. 5. The former talk-show host is the first pure TV figure to get the award since the honors were established in 1978 to recognize distinguished contributions in the performing arts. Those cited with Carson will be Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, conductor Georg Solti, gospel singer Marian Williams and Arthur Mitchell, founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem. They'll all be treated to a White House reception hosted by President Clinton before the Kennedy bash.
January 25, 2005
Johnny Carson was more than a superb late-night TV comedian. For three decades, Carson was often the first and last word on popular culture and politics, a social commentator who showed America how to be critical without being mean. Although he had been off the air a dozen years, his death Sunday at 79 marked for millions the passing of a golden age of entertainment. Carson's dominance of late-night TV became a commentary of sorts on all Americans. You were either the kind of person who stayed up late to see what outrageous thing Carson would do. Or you were the kind who valued sleep more than the prospect of a good belly laugh.
July 12, 1992 |
Johnny Carson is coming back to NBC. Beaming network programming boss Warren Littlefield announced last night to a group of television critics meeting in Los Angeles that Carson had signed "an exclusive, multiyear deal to star in and/or develop original programming" for NBC. "Our appetite for Johnny is huge," Littlefield said when asked to describe the legendary late- night talk show host's future with the network. Littlefield would not rule out the possibility that Carson might star in a sitcom, but he also said that the network was considering "many, many different kinds of projects" and that Carson would "have a large say" in his new role at the network.
October 1, 1987 |
The most perpetually popular of television stars, Johnny Carson, will share memories of his last quarter-century with several million of his friends tonight. Carson, still slender as a sorcerer's wand and as bright as a baby's smile as he approaches 62, will observe his 25th anniversary as the host of The Tonight Show in a retrospective 90-minute special beginning at 9:30 p.m. on NBC (Channel 3). Walter Cronkite, who anchored The CBS Evening News for 14 years; James Arness, who strode the streets of Dodge City, Kan., for 20 years as Marshal Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, and Lucille Ball, the superenergized heroine of 23 years' worth of situation comedies - all have run their lengthy courses while Carson continues, with no end in sight to his reign as the ruler of late-night TV. Behind him lie the fallen forms of many a bedtime talk-show host - from Joey Bishop and Merv Griffin in the 1960s, through Dick Cavett in the 1970s, to Alan Thicke and Joan Rivers in the 1980s - who vainly sought to dislodge Carson's iron grip on the pajama tops of American viewers.
May 20, 1992 |
He is grouchy in the mornings at Malibu when he wakes up; indeed "grump hour" is what his wife calls those first few moments at Johnny Carson's home. To himself, as well as to many others, this seems odd. After all, when Johnny Carson wakes up each morning, he not only awakens on one of the most stunning beaches in North America, he is also about $50,000 richer than he was when he went to bed. And he doesn't have to be at the job by 9. Furthermore he is a comedian, the national comedian.
May 23, 1992
Today is the first day of the rest of TV history. Johnny Carson has retired. Even those baby boomers who long ago switched to "Nightline" - or, more likely, now go to sleep around 10 - will see it as the end of something. It was, after all, watching Johnny Carson that was the mark of being "grownup" when they weren't. Think how many times our perspective of the world has changed since those days in 1962 when Carson first took over "The Tonight Show. " Yet Johnny Carson avoided being identified with any one point of view.
January 18, 2013
Daniel Edelman, 92, who built one of the world's top public-relations companies and pioneered celebrity endorsements, died of heart failure Tuesday at a Chicago hospital. He is credited with developing many of the methods now standard in the field, after transforming the firm he started more than 60 years ago with two people into a marketing force with more than 4,500 employees in 66 offices worldwide. Clients include Microsoft, Pfizer, Wal-Mart, and Royal Dutch Shell. By the 1950s and after a stint in journalism, Mr. Edelman had moved into public relations.
July 4, 2012
Former NBC president Julian Goodman, 90, who helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974, died Monday. He died of kidney failure in Juno Beach, Fla., where he lived after retiring as chairman of NBC's board in 1979. The native of Glasgow, Ky., joined the network at the night news desk in Washington in 1945. He rose to become executive vice president of NBC News at the time Huntley and Brinkley were competitors to Walter Cronkite on CBS. As network president, he gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the Tonight show and helped make the American Football League a force by broadcasting the upstart league.
May 22, 1992 |
For 30 years, he sent a nation off to bed, and last night he made his final appearance with guests - in this case jousting with the machine-gun wit of Robin Williams and playing off the brassiness of onetime bathhouse singer Bette Midler. It took two minutes 15 seconds, and countless pleadings from Johnny Carson for the crowd in NBC's Studio One to sit down and stop cheering last night. Midler warbled a letter she had written titled "Dear Mr. Carson," and ended the show by lovingly singing "One More for My Baby" to a misty-eyed Carson.