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Monday, July 30, 2007

Tom Snyder Dies

Tom Snyder, perhaps best remembered for his "Tomorrow Show" program which ran after "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" from 1973-1982 has died at the age of 71 from leukemia. ABC News:

    Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews and robust laughter were a staple of late night television, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71.

    Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia.


    Known for his improvised, casual style, Snyder conducted a number of memorable interviews as host of NBC's "The Tomorrow Show." Among his guests were John Lennon, Charles Manson and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.


    His catch phrase for the show was: "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air." Snyder smoked throughout his show, the cigarette cloud swirling around him during interviews.

The best observation Tom ever made was when he fought against studio executives who wanted his "Late, Late Show" to include a studio audience. He said - and I paraphrase - that from the time people turn on television in the morning to the time they go to sleep all they hear on television is a screaming audience and I don't want that. He was so right on the money.

Rest In Peace Tom.


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