Heeere’s Johnny! Up Close and Personal

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Heeere's Johnny! Up Close and Personal
"Johnny Carson autographed photo" by lan Light

(FinancialHealth.net) – For 30 years, Johnny Carson made millions of Americans laugh before they went to bed. Every weeknight, they’d flip on their television, hear, “Heeeere’s Johnny!” and watch him walk onto “The Tonight Show” stage. He’s as iconic as his nightly monologues and phantom golf swing.

Carson went from a 14-year-old magician to a Navy veteran and finally the King of Late-Night TV. Sadly, he died in 2005 at the age of 79, but he lives on today through his jokes and charitable work.

One of those jokes is especially relevant today.

Baby Boomers, remember the last time Americans couldn’t find toilet paper? Some say that was Carson’s fault. During the 1970s gas shortage, he made a silly joke about stores running out of the product. His fans panicked and bought all of the bath tissue.

It wasn’t just Carson’s celebrity status that we all loved so much; he was also extremely generous. That charitable work lives on even after his death. In 2010, The Smoking Gun reported the star posthumously donated $156 million to the John W. Carson Foundation. The organization has helped a number of causes over the years, including:

  • AIDS charities.
  • Environmental groups.
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
  • Schools.
  • Children’s aid organizations.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

It’s easy to understand why so many people love The King of Late-Night TV, even in death. People who care so deeply don’t come around very often. Johnny Carson was one of the few, and he’s a hero to many.

~Here’s to Your Financial Health!

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