And One for the Road

After a week's worth of tributes, Johnny Carson says his last good-night

IT WAS THE WEEK THAT TV FANS THOUGHT WOULD never come. A year after announcing his intention to retire as host of the Tonight show at the end of his 30th season, Johnny Carson stepped through the curtains at NBC'S Burbank studios for the last four times. He made wisecracks about Dan Quayle, chatted with guests like Tony Bennett and Robin Williams, and modestly accepted a nightly shower of accolades and standing ovations. The sentimental high point came on Thursday night, when Carson's final guest, Bette Midler, plied him with musical tributes, closing the show with a rendition of One for...

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