Posts Tagged ‘Ed McMahon’

December 7, 1941: A Date Which Still Lives in Infamy

Friday, December 7th, 2012

On December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The following day, The United States declared war on Japan, ushering in America’s involvement in World War II. Many of our interviewees recalled exactly where they were when they learned of the bombing of Pearl Harbor:

Leonard Nimoy on how he learned of the attack:

Ed McMahon on finding out about the bombing of Pearl Harbor from radio:

In the days after December 7, 1941, the federal government ordered 120,000 Japanese-Americans to leave their homes on the West Coast and enter internment camps. George Takei details his experience as a four-year-old boy, forced to leave his Los Angeles home to travel to multiple camps:

And Pat Morita, at nine years old and in the hospital with spinal tuberculosis, was escorted by FBI agents from the hospital to a relocation camp in Arizona:

December 7, 1941: a date that indeed lives in infamy, not only for marking the beginning of the United States’ involvement in armed combat overseas, but also for initiating a period of grave mistreatment of fellow citizens within our own borders.

Click to watch our full interviews with Leonard Nimoy, Ed McMahon, George Takei, and Pat Morita.

One More For the Road: “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” Ended 20 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

On May 22, 1992, Johnny Carson’s record-setting thirty-year reign as host of The Tonight Show came to an end. Carson took over The Tonight Show from predecessor Jack Paar on October 1, 1962, and over the next three decades delighted the world with “Carnac the Magnificent” skits, the wedding of Tiny Tim, and the national debuts of young comics Garry Shandling and Jerry Seinfeld. Carson left The Tonight Show twenty years ago today, and many would argue that every late-night host since has been trying to fill his shoes.

Bette Midler was a regular on the program, and memorably appeared as the last guest on Carson’s Tonight Show:

Many of the Archive’s interviewees worked on or appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Have a look as they reflect upon the show’s thirty-year run and gracious host.

Sidekick Ed McMahon on the legacy of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson:

Ernest Borgnine on working with Johnny Carson:

Phyllis Diller on getting booked on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson:

Jonathan Winters on how Carson decided on conversation topics for guests:

Learn more about The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at our show page.