You won't hear much talk on the network talk shows these days¬ónot much real conversation to broaden the mind or upset the rigid format. In TV's robust youth it was different, in large part because of JACK PAAR , who died last week in Greenwich, Conn., at 85.

Though his tenure as host of The Tonight Show lasted only five years, from 1957 to '62, the former disc jockey and B-movie actor made late-night TV both a habit and an event. He was a hot wire in a cool medium. Many a coffee-break chat would begin with "Did you...

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