Even more difficult to fathom - at least for a kid who never fell asleep before I could hear "Heeere's Johnny!" - is the fact that they're both gone after McMahon died Tuesday morning following a struggle with a number of illnesses. He was 86.
May he rest in eternal peace.
That said, McMahon's death got me to thinking about something a colleague of mine wrote in a thoughtful obit of sorts yesterday:
In many ways, he helped Carson be a better Carson: serving as the ready butt to a joke when the action got slow and pitching products for sponsors so the host didn't have to lower himself.
For a guy willing to stand next to the brightest spotlight, it was a pretty sweet gig.
To honor these honorable men and to validate my list, why not force a hearty chuckle over the crickets? Think of the team.