I was just reminiscing about the seventies again, and the most profound influences in my life, the music, the education, the family. And... Johnny Carson!
Of course in the seventies, I was not allowed to stay up past ten on school nights (at least out in the living room where the TV was). But come summer... I was an avid Tonight Show watcher.
Johnny was like a second dad to me. I was really bummed when they shortened the show from 1.5 hours to 1 in 1980.
My favorite part of the show was the monologue, I loved Carnac the magnificent and the visits from Jim Fowler (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom) and Joan Embery from the San Diego Zoo.
Stump the band. I love that one too. The way he chided Tommy Newsom when he substituted for Doc as band leader.
Share your Tonight Show with Johnny Carson memories.