With all the fanfare surrounding the return of Jay Leno to The Tonight Show – and earlier, the drama around hosts and ratings, I was remembering my own visit to The Tonight Show, as a member of the studio audience, back when Johnny Carson was host.
This would have been many moons ago, in the summer of 1982 …
I was a college kid selling Cable TV in Southern California – and a coworker’s mom just happened to be on the editorial staff of The Tonight Show. So, a friend and I got comp tickets, even a behind the scenes tour!
I, Ladies and Gentlemen, met The Tonight Show producer Freddie Decordova and Johnny’s sidekick, Ed McMahon!
On that night’s show, Johnny’s guests were tennis star Bjorn Borg and … wait for it … Paul Tavilla, the world’s greatest grape catcher!
[The above link will take you to a video of “the world’s greatest grape catcher” — from the very night I was on the show! Click the link below for this week’s podcast which features pretty much everyone — from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Conan O’Brien to Carnac the Magnorfodox, David of Wales, and Red Skelton!]
The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.