Jay Leno: Midnight's Mayor

Jay Leno, succeeding Johnny Carson as late-night host to millions, has already won the office of Most Popular Regular Guy in America

The blue-gray ergonomic chair, with a tilt-swivel mechanism and pneumatic adjustment, vinyl arms and a star pedestal base, retails for $500. It's a fine chair. But it's just a chair, of course -- except when it sits behind the most famous Formica desk in America, the first desk in the history of the Republic to stand for something other than homework and bureaucracy. When that chair sits behind the Desk That Johnny Built, that chair, of course, is a throne.

On Monday, May 25, the occupant of that chair will change from Johnny Carson to James Douglas Muir Leno, the man...

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