Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Goodbye Ed McMahon

Another Baby Boomer icon deceased.

Ed McMahon was part of my life for so many years, Being in my teens and early 20's-30's (especially in the years where I lived in Central Time and could watch the Tonight Show at 10:30 pm) the TV show that entertained us at the end of the day started with "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s Johnny!" No matter how outrageous the skits or jokes, Ed McMahon was always there as Johnny's "second banana". (does my son even know who Ed was?)

Ed McMahon was always the perfect gentleman. Even after the Tonight Show ended, I sometimes saw him on "Star Search" and watched him greet lucky winners for Publishers Clearing House. I had lost track of him and didn't even know about his pending foreclosure or his health problems. What a sorrow aging can be.

It is so ironic in a way, I hadn't seen a Publishers Clearing House ad in years, and suddenly, in the last couple of weeks, I am suddenly seeing them several times a day. Maybe they knew something we didn't.

Goodbye, Ed.

Meanwhile...Walter Cronkite is still alive. At least for now.

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