Today marks the 11th anniversary of Johnny Carson's passing. The following day the New York Times stated "Johnny Carson, the droll, puckish, near-effortless comedian who dominated late-night television for 30 years, tucking millions of Americans into bed as the host of the 'Tonight' show, died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 79.
Mr. Carson was often called 'the king of late night,' and he wielded an almost regal power.
'Anyone looking at the show 100 years from now,' said Tom Shales, the Washington Post television critic, at the time of Mr. Carson's retirement from 'Tonight' in 1992, 'will probably have no trouble understanding what made Carson so widely popular and permitted him such longevity. He was affable, accessible, charming and amusing, not just a very funny comedian but the kind of guy you would gladly welcome into your home.'"
I'm glad we didn't have to wait 100 years to watch those shows again. Mining the Vault with Carson Entertainment's releases and watching the shows nightly on Antenna TV has kept Johnny's legacy in our hearts and minds.
Here's a link to the original NY Times article.