Sunday Echoes: Jack Paar And Johnny Carson

Over the past two weeks as the trade papers and pundits talk about the open feud between Jay Leno, Conan O’ Brien, and NBC I have thought about another pair of guys who made “The Tonight Show” a television landmark.  Jack Paar and Johnny Carson were instrumental in the formation of late-night television.  Yes, Steve Allen pre-dated Paar , but it was Jack Parr followed by host Johnny Carson that produced the hugely successful effort by NBC to make late-night TV commercially viable.  As Leno and O’Brien fight over the dollars and fame that comes with being on after late local news, I think it best to show two statesmen of late night TV from a 1986 video clip .

I do want to point out in this era of multi-million dollar deals for late-night chat and humor, that Jack Paar (as noted in this video) would make more in one single hour for a retrospective show in 1986 than he made in any one year while hosting ‘The Tonight Show’.  While I support Conan O’Brien fully in his challenges with Jay Leno and NBC, I am also mindful that no one is really a loser when dealing with the salaries that are being talking about today.

So let us travel back to the time when “The Tonight Show” was truly worthy of our time.  The time when Johnny Carson ruled late night.  Here now, Johnny and Jack with class and style.

Carl Smith, Country Music Hall Of Fame Member, Former Husband Of June Carter Cash, Dies At 82

Carl Smith, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, known as Mr. Country, died Saturday at 82. He was the former husband of June Carter Cash and Goldie Hill. A honky tonker, who also knew his way around a ballad, Smith was one of country’s most successful male artists during the 1950s, accumulating 30 Top 10 hits. No further information about the cause of death was available.

Smith was born March 16, 1927 in Maynardsville, Tenn. As a teenager, Smith learned to play string bass and worked at radio station WROL in Knoxville, Tenn. After graduating high school and serving in the Navy, he returned to the station and played bass for country singers Molly O’Day and Skeets Williamson and began his own singing career. A fellow radio station colleague sent a copy of Smith to WSM in Nashville, which soon signed him to perform on the station. In 1950, Smith inked a record deal with Columbia Records.

Hoar Frost Makes For Morning Beauty

As soon as I got up this morning I knew the first thing I had to do was take the camera outside to capture the beauty of the hoar frost that coated almost everything overnight.  It was the fragile delicate coating on the branches of trees and metal railings that made me stop and just look.  Mother Nature is one amazing artist.  To think that she creates her canvas while it is dark and quiet outside only adds to the awe of the sight she left for us to enjoy.