Hello, dear players, and welcome back to BingoHall. Today is a special day for all Ed McMahon fans, as it marks 5 years from his passing. We all know and love Ed McMahon, but he is a very special person for us because his career actually started in a bingo hall. There are many things for which he was famous, but few people know that maybe we never would have even heard the name “Ed McMahon” if he hadn’t worked as a bingo caller in Maine.
Catchphrase of a generation
Mr. McMahon had a hugely impressive career that span over more than half a century. In that time, he appeared in movies like Fun With Dick and Jane, Butterfly, The Incident, Full Moon High or Bewitched. He also played host to TV shows, like TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, or Star Search. However, his part in The Tonight Show’s incredible popularity from the 60s through the 70s, 80s and the start of the 90s is what made him one of the biggest names in the business.
In fact, there are probably few people over the age of 18 who haven’t heard the catchphrase “Here’s Johnny!” Well, did you know that it was McMahon’s voice that made it so popular? The catchphrase was, as you well know, used to announce another of TV’s greats, Johnny Carson. But even though their partnership on and off the screen was legendary, Ed McMahon had a very funny story about the first time they met. This is what he had to say to People magazine about the event:
“He was standing with his back to the door, staring at a couple of workmen putting letters on a theater marquee.
“I walked over and stood beside him. Finally the two guys finished, and Johnny asked, ‘What have you been doing?’ I told him.
“He said, ‘Good to meet you, Ed,’ shook my hand and I was out of the office. The whole meeting was about as exciting as watching a traffic light change.”
We know we don’t do a lot of quotes here at BingoHall, but we thought this would be representative of the man’s humor and interesting for the people who held both McMahon and Carson in such high regard.
In service to his country
Ed McMahon did not serve his country only by entertaining it. He was a member of the Marine Corps and served not only in the Second World War, but also in the Korean War. One might say that he did it all, from serving with the marines to participating in an Emmy award-winning show.
Throughout his 86 years, Ed McMahon didn’t take too much time to rest. He served his country, he entertained his people and he raised 6 children. Exactly 5 years ago (post to June 23 and delete this) he went away, peacefully, in his sleep. The most famous of bingo callers is regretted and missed by an entire nation.