He rode shotgun with the king of late night TV, Johnny Carson, for years. His guffaws punctuating even the lamest of jokes that Carson made...he was the ultimate side kick; Ed McMahon.
For those of us of a certain age, Mr. McMahon was like a favorite uncle, the one who seemed to be into everything. Be it, life insurance, dog food, and yes, even the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes.
For some reason, when I heard about his passing earlier today, I felt really sad. It's disheartning watching these early pioneers of Broadcast Televison slowly pass away. More than that, it's like losing a beloved relative.
So tonight, raise a glass to Uncle Ed, I am sure he would appreciate that.