As you probably know by now, Johnny Carson has passed away. What a shame...young people who have grown up on the mediocre Tonight Show of the Jay Leno era can have no idea how influential Carson was. The entire country, it seemed, just had to stay up at least long enough to see who was on and to watch the monologue. Carson was at his funniest, to me, when a joke bombed. He would turn the embarassed silence, through gestures, threats to the writing staff, and asides to Ed McMahon, into something far funnier than the joke could ever be. Rest in peace.