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Johnny Carson Has Died

Johnny Carson has died at 79 of emphysema. Here's more on his career. From another article:

“Mr. Carson passed away peacefully early Sunday morning,” his nephew, Jeff Sotzing, told The Associated Press. “He was surrounded by his family, whose loss will be immeasurable. There will be no memorial service.”

R.I.P.

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  • Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 12:41:45 PM EST
    Sad, I remember him from many years ago.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 12:49:00 PM EST
    Dawes: where are those letters you claim IRS and SSA are sending out?

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#3)
    by glanton on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 01:05:21 PM EST
    As pure and subtle a comic genius as ever graced the screen. He'll be missed/

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#4)
    by jondee on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 01:26:47 PM EST
    He had the good sense to have Orson Welles,Gore "MY lizard is filming Firing Line tonight" Vidal,and fire-storm drummer Buddy Rich on regularly. Replaced by a bit of a buffoon,sorry to say. R.I.P

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#5)
    by Sailor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 01:36:22 PM EST
    He had a real touch for the everyman. When he would have someone on who, say, grew the biggest rutabaga, he might have fun with them but never at their expense. A complete class act.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 03:46:20 PM EST
    Deuce, please stay on topic.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 04:04:26 PM EST
    He was always a rational man and a skeptic. On national TV, with the help of James Randi, he disemboweled Uri Geller's paranormal claims. Who, in this vast media wasteland we have today, would dare to awaken the public to such charlatans?

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 05:59:28 PM EST
    I remember his Ronald Reagan skit---where he was in charge, in command, and ordering everyone around him. Of course, the animal skits. He was a class act. The best.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#9)
    by Adept Havelock on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 07:53:00 PM EST
    "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is good night and goodbye to Mr. Johnny Carson." -We'll miss you Johnny. Make them smile in the next world.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#10)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 08:46:58 PM EST
    I heard that George W Bush studied Johnny Carson tapes in preparation for his first presidental campaign to learn how to shade his immaturity, cringe , smirk and scared look in the eye into something comforting and "telegenic".

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#11)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 11:48:37 PM EST
    TO:DEUCE Just wait you will get one soon, 5 years ago millions of people got letters from the IRS, For money owned most paid without asking any question's it has been on the news shows and on the radio, if you want to check just go to the government irs web. And sad that carson is dead will miss him.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#12)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 04:34:43 AM EST
    Fred - The government does not go after individuals who are not self employed for SS (FICA)taxes. By law the employer must deduct and pay the taxes of the individual, both employer and employee portions plus medicare. If the person was self-employed and didn't pay, then they are supposed to pay, and if they did not, then they may have been contacted. Frankly, it sounds like an urban myth. Can you provide specific examples?

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#13)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 05:36:38 AM EST
    oops - Above was posted in wrong thread. Should have been in Open Monday.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#14)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 06:42:13 AM EST
    Gramp, May a weird holy man... Nah... May a diseased yak befoul your... Nah... May the fleas of a thousand camels descend upon your underwear... Thanks for the laughs Johnny!

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#15)
    by Che's Lounge on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 08:21:01 AM EST
    One time the crew replaced Carson's desk with a balsa wood replica. When Karnac came out and did his signature trip onto the dias, the desk collapsed into pieces. Funniest fall I've ever seen. Carson was as hysterical as everyone else. Johnny Carson was a class act. Through war and scandal and all the craziness he never let his personal politics or opinions influence the show. I think Leno and Letterman have at least remembered this lesson. It was all about entertaining us at the end of the day. I think he was quite a person for trying to help us go to sleep in a good mood.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#16)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 05:00:29 PM EST
    et al - I watched his first show and his last show, and many in between. And I never thought about his politics, or cared. Too many of today's entertainers seem determined to educate instead of entertaining, and as a result they do neither. They should get the DVD's of his shows and study, study, study. Pity the big E got him. It is a very ugly way to go. But I bet he went out with style and class. He always had it and always showed it.

    Re: Johnny Carson Has Died (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 06:00:09 PM EST
    The hardest I have ever laughed in my life was watching 8 hours of "Best of Carson" while on mushrooms. Half the time he didn't even need to speak, just the expression on Johnny's face was enough. Not to mention Ed's drunken laugh. I'll miss ya Johnny, no one since could hold a candle to you. The fortune teller bit was my favorite.