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Posts Tagged ‘Don Cornelius’

Howard Stringer Still Treasures the Memory of His Lunches with Johnny Carson

What better place for Sir Howard Stringer to reminisce about the great Johnny Carson than the annual Giants of Broadcasting event?

The chairman of Sony’s board was feted at yesterday’s 10th anniversary edition in New York City alongside Norman Lear, Ted Turner, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Eric Farber, George Beasley and – posthumously – Don Cornelius and Andy Rooney. Our FishbowlNY colleague Jerry Barmash was able to grab a few minutes with Stringer, who recalled a great fringe benefit of helping orchestrate the successful CBS pursuit of David Letterman:

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Soul Train Host Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius, the man who created Soul Train and hosted it for years, is dead at 75 according to the LA Times. A family member discovered his body this morning in his Encino home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Cornelius had recently gone through a divorce.

Cornelius founded Soul Train in 1971 and hosted until 1993, but kept the show running all the way up to 2006–the longest running nationally syndicated show in TV history.

Below: Cornelius dancing on Soul Train in much happier times. RIP.