Even if you've read all the eulogies about Johnny Carson, you still should read this one, that my husband discovered yesterday.
Not only does it have one of the funniest backstage "Tonight Show" stories you'll ever read, but it also is a tender tribute to a classy man. Here's a bit of it:
Well, I loved the guy, and I mean, first, as a fan. I feel sorry for the younger folks who never saw him, who too often have to absorb their entertainment today in cynical bites, and think humor means anger and audacity and graphic descriptions of this and that. They will never know what it means when you take talent and hard work and mix it with grace, joy, class, respect, and forbearance.Johnny Carson reflected something good about American culture back then. And Larry Miller reflects something good about American culture now.
UPDATE: My husband tells me in the comment below that he didn't really discover the article; our friend J.S. did. So, I not only Stand in the Trenches today, I Stand Corrected. Thanks, J.S.!