Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bob Vernum

hi,

When I was hired at CBS, my first assignment was the morning show with Jack Paar. I was assigned to G.C. studio 41 as a utility man. During my stay on that show, Jack went on vacation, his replacement was a young man from the midwest---Johnny Carson! I believe it was his first network gig. Pupi Compo was a blast as he constantly tried to get laughs while Jack was on the air. Jonathan Winters was also a regular along with Charlie Collingwood as the news anchor, the audience was composed of mostly cab drivers who were wooed to come up with the promise of coffee and doughnuts. Jonathan Winters "entertained them with jokes" not more than 50 feet from Jack's desk! It all seems like yesterday!

Bob Vernum