Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Jack Paar

Who? Television and radio pioneer Jack Paar (1918 - 2004) has been called the most imitated personality in broadcasting. He virtually created the late-night talk show format as the host of The Tonight Show , one of television's longest continuously running programs. The Washington Post said, "Jack Paar was genuine, and the footprints he left on the loony moonscape of television are enormous; they will be there forever." Above, Jack, his wife Miriam, and their dachshund enjoy the swimming pool at their home, early 1960s.
As the stars of stage and screen were rising around him, Paar was becoming an icon himself, on television sets in the homes of millions of Americans across the country. During the Golden Age of television, Paar was its golden boy, charming guests and viewers alike.
From 1957 to 1962, Paar was the king of late-night television as host of The Tonight Show, which NBC eventually renamed The Jack Paar Show. He turned it from a typical variety format into something very different. With a rare combination of intelligence, irreverence and intuition, he invented a new genre of programming that would become ubiquitous to television.
Paar helped launch the careers of such performers as Carol Burnett, Woody Allen and Liza Minnelli, but his guests weren't limited to the glitterati. He discussed religion with Billy Graham, visited Albert Schweitzer in Africa, and talked politics with Richard Nixon, all before the transfixed eyes of the American television audience. Find out more about Jack Paar at wikipedia.

Jack Paar, daughter Randy, and their dachshund

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I never recovered when my dachshund Heidi passed away. No dog could ever replace her. She used to turn over upside-down to be petted. Incidentally, Jack Paar's daughter Randy had a cameo in the 1961 film "King of Kings".

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