Television: Paar's Last Tape

For five years Jack Paar stood TV's most remorseless watch for NBC, the nightly Tonight show. Then by choice he tapered off the last three seasons with a mere weekly caper. Last week, at 48, Paar went off the air altogether to boss a TV and FM station he bought control of (putting up $1,350,000 in cash) in Poland Spring, Me.

The network, believing that he was one of the industry's formative performers, tried to blow his valedictory* into a gala, but Jack felt otherwise. "I want to get out the easiest way possible," he decreed. "They say I'm emotional, and...

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