Beloved comedian Johnny Carson passed away yesterday at the age of 79.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep.  Carson hosted NBC‘s "The Tonight Show" from 1962 to 1992.  I remember watching many of his shows as well as video highlights.  He was hilarious!  No matter who came on his show, he was always the star of the show.  He will be greatly missed!  Johnny was a class act.  While I also enjoy David Letterman and Jay Leno, no one could host a show like Johnny did.  It was a sad day when his final show was broadcast back in 1992.  I remember it now.  From what I have read Conan O’Brian will take over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in 2008.  I am not an O’Brian fan.  His humor is much too sardonic for my tastes.  I sometimes enjoy this type of humor, but it can be draining watching an entire show filled with sarcastic humor.  While O’Brian is fine as a late, late night talk show host, he definitely is not Johnny Carson.  Johnny’s humor was sharp and wry, not laced with the kind of malice that often accompanies O’Brian’s schtick.  Johnny, thank you for leaving us so many good memories we can enjoy in reruns and on tape.  With not much to look forward to on late night it’s good to have you to watch.

So the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will be in this year’s Superbowl contenders.  My all-Penn Superbowl hopes didn’t pan out after all.  That’s OK with me.  This year the NFL may want to consider renaming the Superbowl the Liberty Bowl, Independence Bowl, Revolution Bowl, or some patriotic-themed name.  I’m an AFC fan and had to suffer through 13 straight years of NFC Superbowl victories in the 1980s and 1990s, so I might lean towards rooting for the Pats.  However, the Pats won the Superbowl last year and smell of dynasty, while the Eagles have never won it all and have made just one Superbowl appearance.  Plus, Boston already savored victory with the Red Sox winning the World Series.  My hat probably has to tip towards the Eagles this time.  Still, at least it will probably be a game worth watching this year because it seems to be an even match.

Today I didn’t have to do much to do to prepare for our impending trip to Korea.  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been running ragged doing a bunch of miscellaneous tasks in anticipation of our relocation.  Most of the logistics have already been set into motion, so now we pretty much just have to wait until packout in a couple of weeks.  I used to be a procrastinator, but no longer.  With all I have to do I no longer have time to put things off until the last minute.  Thankfully, on days such as these I can catch a breather.



Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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