Here's Johnny!!! A few memories of our Late Night friend (pictures/sound)

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  1. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

    Apr 20, 2000

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    <p>We all knew him as Johnny, or simply Carson. He was late night, he was
    it.  He put so many of us to bed for 30 years.  We thank you much,
    Johnny, for so many years of good, quality entertainment.  Sleep well, God speed.

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  3. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

    Apr 20, 2000
    Here is the monologue from Johnny Carson's final "The Tonight Show" on May 22, 1992:

    Around the studio, we are still on an emotional high from last night; we have not come down yet. I want to thank Robin Williams and Bette Midler for last night, for giving us an excellent show. They were absolutely sensational.

    The show tonight is our farewell show; it's going to be a little bit quieter. It's not going to be a performance show. One of the questions people have been asking me, especially this last month, is, "What's it like doing 'The Tonight Show,' and what does it mean to me?"

    Well, let me try to explain it. If I could magically, somehow, that tape you just saw, make it run backwards. I would like to do the whole thing over again. It's been a hell of a lot of fun. As an entertainer, it has been the great experience of my life, and I cannot imagine finding something in television after I leave tonight that would give me as much joy and pleasure, and such a sense of exhilaration, as this show has given me. It's just hard to explain.

    Now it's a farewell show. There's a certain sadness among the staff, a little melancholy. But look on the bright side: you won't have to read or hear one more story about my leaving this show. The press coverage has been absolutely tremendous, and we are very grateful. But my God, the Soviet Union's end did not get this kind of publicity. The press has been very decent and honest with me, and I thank them for that . . . That's about it.

    The greatest accolade I think I received: G.E. named me "Employee of the Month." And God knows that was a dream come true.

    I don't like saying goodbye. Farewells are a little awkward, and I really thought about this -- no joke -- wouldn't it be funny, instead of showing up tonight, putting on a rerun? NBC did not find that funny at all.

    Next question I get is what am I gonna do? Well, I have not really made any plans. But the events of this last week have helped me make a decision. I am going to join the cast of Murphy Brown, and become a surrogate father to that kid.

    During the run on the show there have been seven United States Presidents, and thankfully for comedy there have been eight Vice Presidents of the United States. Now I know I have made some jokes at the expense of Dan Quayle, but I really want to thank him tonight for making my final week so fruitful.

    Here is an interesting statistic that may stun you. We started the show Oct. 2, 1962. The total population of the Earth was 3 billion 100 million people. This summer 5 billion 500 million people, which is a net increase of 2 billion 400 million people, which should give us some pause. A more amazing statistic is that half of those 2 billion 400 million will soon have their own late-night TV show.

    Now, originally NBC came and said, what we would like you to do in the final show, is to make it a two-hour prime-time special with celebrities, and a star-studded audience. And I said, well, I would prefer to end like we started -- rather quietly, in our same time slot, in front of our same shabby little set. It is rather shabby. We offered it to a homeless shelter and they said 'No, thank you.' I am taking the applause sign home -- putting it in the bedroom. And maybe once a week just turning it on.

    But we do have a V.P.I. audience -- V.P.I. audience? We could have had that, too. What I did was ask the members of the staff and the crew to invite their family, relatives and friends, and they did; with some other invited guests. My family is here tonight; my wife, Alex, my sons Chris and Cory. My brother **** and my sister Katherine, a sprinkling of nephews and nieces. And I realized that being an offspring of someone who is constantly in the public eye is not easy. So guys, I want you to know that I love you; I hope that your old man has not caused you too much discomfort. It would have been a perfect evening if their brother Rick would have been here with us, but I guess life does what it is supposed to do. And you acccept it and you go on.

    About tonight's show. This is not really a performance show. This is kind of a look-back retrospective. We are going to show you some moments in time. Some images of the many people, and there have been some 23,000 people. We are going to show you a little excerpt of how the show is put together, so go get some more cheese dip and we'll be back in just a moment.
  4. llij

    llij <font color=blue>I love my house<br><font color=re

    Jun 7, 2004
    Thanks, Dan.
  5. Sandy51

    Sandy51 DIS Veteran

    Mar 9, 2002
    Very nice, Dan. A fitting tribute. Johnny was the best.

  6. Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki

    Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki <font color=peach>I took matters into my own hands

    Mar 9, 2000
    I've been a bit melancholy all day about Johnny's passing. I was watching clips from his shows today--I have laughed and laughed...the kind of belly laughs I rarely get anymore.

    Miss you Johnny....
  7. Stepharoonie!

    Stepharoonie! <font color=teal>NOTHING is scarier than Wilford B

    Oct 3, 2003
    Beautiful as always Dan, thanks.
  8. BostonTigger

    BostonTigger <font color=purple>I want the Swiss Family Treehou

    Feb 4, 2001
    Thanks Dan. Great tribute.
  9. denisenh

    denisenh <font color=deeppink>All I can do is lie down<br><

    Jan 25, 2000
    You always do such a good job with stuff like this Dan! Thanks, very nice pictures. I can't believe he is gone. What a shocker (for me anyway).
  10. MB MinnieGirl

    MB MinnieGirl <font color=red>Elmo killer/Muppet murderer<br><fo

    Jun 18, 2004

    Thank you for sharing this Dan. It is beautiful, such a sad loss today.
  11. Mary Jo

    Mary Jo Techarita Moderator

    Dec 15, 1998
    Thanks, Dan. That was a nice tribute to the King of Late Night. :)
  12. Aimeedyan

    Aimeedyan <font color=blue>Why get all excited about somethi

    Feb 22, 2004
    Thanks, Dan, for taking the time to compile this. Great memories for many!
  13. angel*lady

    angel*lady DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 2004
    Thanks Dan! He was a class act. Good night, Johnny and God bless! :wave2:
  14. mom2boys

    mom2boys <font color=blue>Horseshoe Mesa - 3 miles, 31 swit

    Aug 17, 1999
    Thanks Dan. Johnny always cracked me up when he was trying his best to keep a straight face.
  15. Tinkertude

    Tinkertude <font color=9900cc>I love that man<font color=0099

    Aug 4, 2004
    A fitting memorial, thanks Dan
  16. luvthatduke

    luvthatduke <font color=red>It's not a vacation unless it's a

    Jan 27, 2004
    Good job, Dan.

    Goodnight, Johnny...
  17. UncleKyle

    UncleKyle Parrot Head, Future POTUS

    Jan 31, 2000
    Thanks Dan.
  18. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

    Apr 20, 2000
    I thought some of these quotes were telling about the person, Johnny Carson.........
  19. goofy4wdw59

    goofy4wdw59 * DVC Member 2001 * Number 1 Fan of the DVC A

    Sep 29, 2000
    I was surprised (and sad) to hear of his passing! He was one-of-a-kind for sure. A nice tribute Dan!

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