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Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 6, 2014 | LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

Posted on 02/06/2014 11:28:48 PM PST by onyx





LENO SIGNS OFF



“I don’t like goodbyes – NBC does – but I don’t care for them,” an emotional Jay Leno said, kicking off a star-studded final broadcast show as host of The Tonight Show. “Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times — I get the hint,” Leno joked to a friends-and-family studio audience as he ended his 22-year run Thursday night. It’s his second very-last-time-as-host — having been pushed aside in 2009 by NBC to make way for Conan O’Brien, who lasted seven months.

“I’ve got to tell you, the outpouring from people has really been touching. Anthony Weiner sent me a photo of his ______ looking really sad.

Oprah singingIn sharp contrast to the “last” time Leno celebrated his very last night as host of Tonight Show in 2009 — when, ever the team player, he had O’Brien as his final night’s guest — tonight’s show was packed with celebrities including President Obama. Longtime pal Garth Brooks performed his hit “The Dance.” And a cast of A-listers including Oprah Winfrey, Jack Black and Carol Burnett performed with Billy Crystal and The Shut Your Von Trapp Family Singers, the Rogers & Hammerstein tune from The Sound Of Music, “So Long, Farewell” with lyrics changed to suit the occasion. (Watch a clip below.) The show ended with Leno in tears as he thanked the audience, calling the Tonight Show crew his family and wishing his successor Jimmy Fallon well.

But first, Leno mulled exactly how long 22 years is.

- “Here’s how long ago it is. When I started hosting, marijuana was illegal and you could smoke cigarettes anywhere you wanted.”

- “Twenty two years ago, guys actually had to go to newsstands for porn, can you imagine?”

- “So much has happened. You know the saddest part – OJ never found the real killers.”


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1 posted on 02/06/2014 11:28:49 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

~~~ tonight’s show was packed with celebrities including President Obama ... And a cast of A-listers including Oprah Winfrey,~~~

Just one of the reasons I stopped watching several years ago. Jimmy Fallon will take the show to a new low for ratings.

Of course, he probably will still employ his PDS-infected band.

And I still won’t watch. Especially now.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 11:35:01 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends


Hmmmmm

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3 posted on 02/06/2014 11:36:02 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: F15Eagle

I forgot that tonight was Leno’s final show, but it came on after my local news!

I didn’t really pay close attention after his monologue. Those guests of his bore me.


4 posted on 02/06/2014 11:38:45 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: F15Eagle

OH, and BTW, you’re right: Jimmy Fallon will take the show to a new low for ratings.

I’ll NEVER watch that IDIOT.

I don’t think he’s amusing at all.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 11:39:49 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Fallon’s gonna fallon his ass.

That line was funnier than anything HE ever did!!


6 posted on 02/06/2014 11:40:22 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: djf

Yeah ... lol.
You’re right.
NBC has lost its way.
Leno has several more years in him.


7 posted on 02/06/2014 11:43:36 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: F15Eagle

Just one of the reasons I stopped watching several years ago. Jimmy Fallon will take the show to a new low for ratings.


But they don’t care if they lose tons of viewers and money. Ideology trumps everything.


8 posted on 02/06/2014 11:51:40 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: onyx

He’s no Johnny Carson, but, in truth, there could be only one. Still miss him.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 11:52:20 PM PST by jocon307
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To: onyx

This reminds me of way back in the Johnny Carson days, and in his last years the early 1980s I first saw Leno a few times as a guest on the late night David Letterman show that came afterward, (1 am) and my immediate reaction was that Leno was much funnier than Letterman was.


10 posted on 02/06/2014 11:54:44 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: jocon307
I quit watching TTS when Carson quit.

Ironically, best laugh I saw wasn't his. Johnny was setting up a joke during the Jimmuh Carter gas crisis and said "Where can you get gas?"

Someone in the audience yelled "Taco Bell". I guess it was too funny to edit out.


11 posted on 02/07/2014 12:02:58 AM PST by 867V309 (I love potatoes-except, of course, Lena Dunham)
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To: onyx

I miss Carson. It was never the same without him.


12 posted on 02/07/2014 12:04:28 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: jocon307

Beat me to the punch.


13 posted on 02/07/2014 12:05:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: djf

one of his best things was spoofing breaking bad.

i won’t watch. didn’t watch leno either.


14 posted on 02/07/2014 12:25:02 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: onyx

Who did what and why should I care?


15 posted on 02/07/2014 12:34:30 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: onyx

I never made a point of watching Leno, but if I happened to be watching the news I would switch over to him instead of Leno. His monologues were okay, and he wasn’t afraid of taking a swipe at Obama. I enjoyed his “News Headline” bit, and his man-on the street interviews where so many people were idiots. I always wondered how many people they had to ask before they found someone that didn’t know who the Vice President was? Agreed on the guests - I usually turned it off when it came to them.


16 posted on 02/07/2014 12:45:39 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

“instead of Letterman”


17 posted on 02/07/2014 12:46:16 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: onyx

I’ll get a lot more sleep in the future, fallon really sucks!


18 posted on 02/07/2014 1:25:06 AM PST by dalereed
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To: jocon307
in truth, there could be only one. Still miss him.

Highlander!

19 posted on 02/07/2014 1:37:42 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: chessplayer

Did they fire him because he made Obama jokes?


20 posted on 02/07/2014 2:17:42 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: onyx

Never watched one episode yet I am a fan of Jay Lenos Garage channel on you tube. Caught clips and news bites here and there on the radio or internet yet not one episode of the tonight show after carson era..... The celebrity and political trash he had on his show was just not for me or mine.

His guests on the last show are pretty much why I didn’t ever watch.

Hope he keeps the Garage Show as I like Leno. Never have liked NBC.

Vote with my dollars between elections as you know young lady.....:o)

Stay safe !


21 posted on 02/07/2014 3:13:22 AM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: onyx; All

I really liked Jay. Funny. Insightful. A good guy.

Jimmy Fallon is none of those things. (am reminded of what he did to Michelle Bachmann). absolutely no class.

Fallon has not an ounce of class. Will never watch his show.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/11/22/jimmy-fallon-band-sends-message-to-michelle-bachmann-during-her-appearance/


22 posted on 02/07/2014 3:18:26 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: onyx

That was a great last show —

Oprah — if it were me I’d buy them all a car!!!

LOL

It’s all downhill for NBC late night from here.


23 posted on 02/07/2014 3:21:02 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: onyx

JAY LENO SET FREE!.....

Now that he’s a short timer, Jay does not feel constrained to stay within the network guidelines of “no Obama criticism and staying politically correct” — what a breath of fresh air.

> “I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don’t want to get audited by the IRS.”
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> On NSA surveillance: “We wanted a president who listens to all Americans - now we have one.”
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> On a new IRS commissioner: “He’s called ‘acting commissioner’ because he has to act like the scandal doesn’t involve the White House.”
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> On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: “If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month.”
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> Concerning the Benghazi , Associated Press, and IRS scandals: “Remember in the old days when President Obama’s biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?”
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> On Obama saying he didn’t know about the IRS scandal: “He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS.”
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> “The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi : Hope and change the subject.”
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> “It’s casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they’re casually going through everybody’s phone calls and records.”
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> “It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth.”
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> “Fox News has changed its slogan from ‘Fair and Balanced’ to ‘See, I told you so!’”
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> On Obama’s commencement address: “He told the young graduates their future is bright unless, of course, they want jobs.”
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> On a Chicago man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel: “The only other way to go around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi .”
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> On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: “They took ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House.”
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> now the last, and I think best!—
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> “These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. It’s gotten so bad that People in Kenya are now saying he’s 100 percent American.”


24 posted on 02/07/2014 3:26:45 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: onyx
oh hum..with "that list", good riddance..
keep "brown nosing" the Marxist.

25 posted on 02/07/2014 3:44:44 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: jocon307
joke/
when space aliens visit earth (why?), they'll ask,
"Take us to your leader" and the leader shows up..
they'll say, "Where's Jonnhy."..not Jay Leno.
/joke
26 posted on 02/07/2014 3:53:10 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: F15Eagle; P-Marlowe; onyx

I didn’t watch late shows either. All liberal all the time. Leno probably lost his union card ‘cause he turned a wee bit libertarian is what I’m told, but that’s a bit wacked out, too. Watched a libertarian on Stoessel the Libertarian the other day saying that there should be no borders, illegals should come and go as they please, and that libertarians support such “total freedom”.

Idiot. That attitude is actually support for the end of the USA that has such a strict hold on freedom that he gets to live in his never-never-land utopian dreams.

Get rid of THIS American freedom, doofus, and you’ll be scrubbing pots for the aristocrats after you finish working their fields.

In any case, Leno was just another liberal. He was a nice liberal like Joe Liebermann, that is, there was no knife during unimportant times.


27 posted on 02/07/2014 3:54:01 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: sodpoodle
those funny, but how many times he took a crack @ GWB.
btw..some of his funniest were on the 'toons.
he's getting out while he still can..

28 posted on 02/07/2014 4:05:15 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: onyx

I recall there was a skit between Leno and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and Walter (old man) many years ago. Walter indicated he knew what “NBC” stood for. Leno asked what was that, and Walter said “Nothing But Crap”. Still rings true today.


29 posted on 02/07/2014 5:19:48 AM PST by CatOwner
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To: Squantos

I rarely missed a Johnny Carson show!

Leno never caught on with me, but I didn’t rush to change the channel.

I’ve never seen the Garage Show you mention.

I’m staying safe, darling guy!

XOXOXO


30 posted on 02/07/2014 5:51:58 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I didn’t see THAT show, and happy I didn’t.
I did see Leno’s ugly treatment of Ted Cruz.
I don’t like Fallon and I’ll not watch his idiot show.
NBC wants youth. Great. LOL. See ya.


31 posted on 02/07/2014 5:55:47 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: sodpoodle

Hi sodpoodle!!!
So good to see beautiful you!!!


32 posted on 02/07/2014 5:56:47 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 21twelve

I also liked his ‘interviews in the streets.’

Dumb voters everywhere.


33 posted on 02/07/2014 6:00:04 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: sickoflibs

Yep, Letterman is nothing but a creep and he is NOT funny. He’s mean.


34 posted on 02/07/2014 6:02:06 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: dalereed

Amen.


35 posted on 02/07/2014 6:02:35 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: xzins

You’re right.


36 posted on 02/07/2014 6:03:34 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: CatOwner

LOLOLOL. That’s right.
I hope NBC loses a lot of money on Fallon.


37 posted on 02/07/2014 6:04:19 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx
RE :’Yep, Letterman is nothing but a creep and he is NOT funny. He’s mean”

He wasn't too happy when Leno got Carson's slot, and it must have burned him that Leno got exposed as routine guest on his (Lettermans’) own show.

So NBC got to see them with competing monologs on the same shows to make a comparison, as did the audience.

38 posted on 02/07/2014 6:14:58 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: xzins

The only way an open border would be feasible is if there were no welfare state at all. No government benefits for anyone, ever. Then all the trough feeding socialists would leave for the greener pastures of Socialist Countries in South America and everyone who wanted to be in America would have to work or starve.

People used to come to America because of the opportunity to better themselves. These days they come for the opportunity to get free money and food and avoid taxes and have anchor babies.

We are at fault because we let them. We dangle the carrot of a welfare state with unlimited power to print money to pay them for doing nothing.

It’s 18 Trillion now with no end in sight.


39 posted on 02/07/2014 6:21:45 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: sickoflibs; onyx

Mornin’, folks...

Loved Johnny Carson. The man ad “Class Act” written all over him, and he was very funny. He and Ed McMahon had a real comedic interplay between them that was always entertaining, and Johnny was a natural when it came to “funny”.

Leno is OK, but a bit too liberal for me. That being said, he never struck me as being a complete lunatic lib as most of the other nighttime hosts others are. I think he got a raw deal from NBC.

Onyx, you said “NBC has lost it’s way.” You are giving them the decent benefit of the doubt, because you are a very gracious person. But to “lose one’s way” implies that one merely got confused; NBC, MSNBC, and other media organizations are so infested with libs that they know EXACTLY what “way” they chose, and what agenda to push.

And it is not the American agenda.


40 posted on 02/07/2014 6:28:20 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: sickoflibs

Letterman’s an egocentric bore.


41 posted on 02/07/2014 6:28:55 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: sickoflibs

Yep, Letterman was the original “sore loser.” LOL.


42 posted on 02/07/2014 6:29:14 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: NFHale

Thank you so much. I stand corrected.

NBC has elected to go its “rabid, MSNBC-libtard, Anti-Apple-Pie, American values” way.


43 posted on 02/07/2014 6:34:50 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: F15Eagle

If that’s the A-list I fear to see the B-list.


44 posted on 02/07/2014 6:48:49 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: sickoflibs

Mine too. Letterman always seemed arrogant, like he suffered from Alex Trebek syndrome.


45 posted on 02/07/2014 6:50:03 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: onyx

Yes, it was pretty much a voluntary collaboration on their part.

Sorta like the Vichy French with the Nazis. “Better to be the Guard than the guarded...”


46 posted on 02/07/2014 7:10:52 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Right.
They can all GTH.


47 posted on 02/07/2014 7:50:51 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

“...They can all GTH...”

They already are... problem is, they want to take all of us with them.

At lightspeed.


48 posted on 02/07/2014 7:55:55 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: onyx

Leno has an amazing car collection and is something of an automotive historian. I hope he stays active with the History channel and such things.


49 posted on 02/07/2014 8:03:07 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

I’m sure he will and now he has ample time for it.
I’ve seen some televised tours of his impressive collection.


50 posted on 02/07/2014 8:09:50 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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