R.I.P. Ed McMahon
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The legendary broadcaster, Ed McMahon died early this morning in Los Angeles. He was 86. McMahon was Johnny Carson's sidekick for 30 years, famous for his roller coaster line, "Heeeeeeere's Johnny."
But McMahon wanted to be remembered for something more. Here's what he told the Associated Press in 1998:
"I hope that they remember that I had a very good military career. They asked me what I wanted on my tombstone, and I said I didn't want a tombstone. But if I had one, I'd want, 'He was a good broadcaster and a great marine.'"
McMahon was a fighter pilot, flying 85 combat missions in the Korean War. He was awarded six Air Medals for his service.
In recent years, McMahon struggled with financial problems, but he kept his sense of humor -- evidenced in this commercial: