Isn't it nice when you finally unearth a pleasant secret that has been hiding just under your nose for a long time? Or, when you find that metaphorical "diamond in the rough" that is perched on the verge of coming out of the shadows into the light of a multitude of followers and fans? Well, I believe I have discovered the new secret that you've been waiting to hear.
Long before there was Jack Paar or Steve Allen or even Johnny Carson, there was Joe Franklin. From his ground-breaking 1950 talk show in the early days of television to his 30-plus year run on WOR-TV, Joe Franklin was the trail-blazer for all the Carsons and Lettermans. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, Joe Franklin, "The King of Nostalgia," passed away at 88.
Interviewing over 300,000 guests during a 43-year span, Bronx-born Joe Franklin began his career as a teenager, selling jokes to Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor.