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January 24th, 2005 - ldhenson — LiveJournal
I only learned the news late last night, having been out all day.

If there's one word I'd associate with Johnny Carson, it's comforting.

Even when I was too young to stay up to watch The Tonight Show, or--later--when I was old enough but just couldn't stay awake, it was always comforting to hear the familiar theme music and the "Heeeeeere's Johnny" drifting in from the family TV. I rarely watched an entire episode--I had better sleep habits in those days--but watching him emerge from behind those curtains was comforting; listening to his monologue was comforting; his banter with Ed McMahon, his ready smile, his gentlemanly mannter--come rain or come shine, it seemed as though he was always there.

Even after he retired--and yes, I was in tears when Bette Midler sang, too--it was, somehow, still a comfort to know he was out there enjoying life, just not on our television screens.

So here's to you, Mr. Carson; you will be sorely missed.
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