Tuesday, June 23, 2009
While driving in, I heard the sad news about Ed McMahon. This did not come as a surprise to me, since I know his health had been failing in the last few months. But still, quite sad.
A good entertainer, a cultural and television icon in the last 40-50 years, and a big influence on pop culture. He also set the tone and standard for late night TV show sidekick with Johnny Carson. I doubt there'd be a Andy Richter without an Ed McMahon.
And is there someone in my age group who doesn't have fond memories of Star Search? Doubtful. He also worked with Jerry Lewis with the Labor Day MDA Telethon, which is great.
So it's been real, Ed. There's another Star (Search) in the sky today.