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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Heeeere's Johnny: 1965

Heeeere's Johnny: 1965

Los Angeles, July 1965. "Entertainer Johnny Carson on the 'Tonight' Show delivering a monologue." 35mm negative from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Johnny Carson, the prince of chitchat, is a loner." View full size.

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Color TV

I used to tinker with TV's and bought an old Westinghouse TV with a round picture tube. The first color I saw were the colorful curtains behind Johnny.

Lost Episodes

Johnny was reportedly distraught and furious when he discovered NBC recorded over or otherwise disposed of virtually every show tape up through a date certain, including this depicted show.

I'm with him. Gone are the nights from when he really had game and energy. The later shows kept, re-run every night, show a still-witty sophisticate and his longtime staffers generally following their formula rote. Except for rare nights such as when national NBC affiliate honchos made up the crowd, they seemed to simply mail it in. We young'uns thus miss out.

Johnny was the best

King of Late Night. There never will be anyone like him again. It's nothing but an obsession with politics now, and it's not even funny anymore.

1965 looks like 2019

Narrow lapels, narrow tie, tight pants, a little gel in the hair. Johnny looks like he stepped out of the latest J.Crew catalog.

Personally, I'm looking forward to a return of the 1990s look, as most of my clothes are from that era.

Cue the Peacock

Johnny is being brought to you in Living Color courtesy several of those RCA TK-41 color television cameras, in 1965 still virtually the only game in town for color broadcast production, but not for long.

 
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