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posted 6/23/2009 10:17:09 AM |
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Let's bow our heads & say some prayers for the family & friends of Mr. Ed McMahon.

He was a longtime Tonight Show Sidekick & Hosted Star Search (Which I was lucky enough to see in person).

Most famous for his "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!" introduction of Carson for 30 years!!!

He will be missed. Alot of people grew up watching him.

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Jun 23 @ 11:14AM  
I worked around him once after Carson retired. It was on a commercial/industrial show for a pharmaceutical company. He was an aloof, demanding, arrogant, ass. I never saw an ounce of talent in the man or a reason for his being on the Tonight Show. All I remember him doing was saying "Here's Johnny!" and laughing when nothing was funny. I never watched Star Search, but I remember him schlepping for Publishers Clearinghouse.

Jun 23 @ 11:54AM  
Well, he was human,too Bruce. Well,if there is an afterlife I'm sure they're reunited now. RIP.

Jun 23 @ 12:08PM  
I never saw an ounce of talent in the man or a reason for his being on the Tonight Show
That may be true, but I think he still desrves some respect.

During World War II, McMahon was a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps serving as a flight instructor and test pilot. He was a decorated pilot and was discharged in 1946, remaining in the reserves.


Jun 23 @ 12:10PM  
The overwhelming majority of people that I have met, celebrities included, have been good people. But a few were not and he happened to be one of those few. I doubt that I can come up with ten celebrities out of hundreds, maybe thousand, that I could put in that group.

Jun 23 @ 4:14PM  
I loved watching Ed and Johnny. The "Carnac the Magnificant" routines were hilarious and would have me rolling in laughter.

Jun 23 @ 4:50PM  
I have mentioned I was a TV reporter for a short time in Los Angeles as most probably know by now. Being network owned station our studio's and offices were at NBC in Burbank. The Tonight Show had just moved to LA from New York. One day, in a hallway I met this, to me, very big man. In fact he gave me a very nice compliment that mentioned my small size. His name was Ed McMahon. He soon introduced me to his "boss", Johnny Carson. I got to know both very well while I worked there and stayed friends when I left. I remained friends with both until Johnny Carson passed away, but my friendship with Ed continued. I received Christmas cards and birthday cards from Ed until about 4 or 5 years ago. This is when his major illnesses began to happen along with well known financial problems, he suffered. The man I knew was kind, friendly, generous and a true friend.

He was a Marine Corps pilot and he and my husband could talk about the Corps for hours. He loved this country and our military. He suffered a number of tragedies during his lifetime including the loss of a son to cancer.

The man I knew for close to 40 years was a fine, honest and kind American veteran. Yes he had his faults, but how many people do you know that are perfect? Could he have a bad attitude on one day or another. I'm sure he could. But man I hope I am not judged as a terrible person hard to get along with for a few bad days. Ed McMahon was a good man.

Jun 23 @ 7:36PM  
Good ol Ed...I loved when he introduced Johnny! They had so much fun together. He will be missed!

Jun 23 @ 8:00PM  
What a guy!!

His name will be forever known!!


Jun 23 @ 8:31PM  
Laura makes some wonderful points and knew the man far better than I did. The nature of my career was only being exposed to celebrities for a brief space in time. I also noted the thoughts of the crew that worked with the celebrity, often on a daily basis.

In the case of Mr. McMahon, he was as I described during my time around him. However, this period of time (I didn't know this until I read up on him after my original comment) that I encountered him came while his son was dying of cancer and his career was on the skids.

Additionally, his and my working together did not involve a touring crew like a concert or a play. Consequently, the impression I got was just what I saw, not influenced by others that regularly worked with him.

Therefore, I conclude that the guy I encountered was just the man at that space in time. We all have our moods and the man that Laura came to know was obviously much more the real Ed McMahon than the guy I encountered.

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