JACK PAAR AUTOGRAPH


Jack Harold Paar was born on May 1, 1918 – died on January 27, 2004. Jack Paar was an American radio and television talk show host most noted for his stint as host of The Tonight Show. He moved with his family to Jackson, Michigan, 30 miles south of Lansing, Michigan, as a child. Paar left school at 16, and worked first as a radio announcer at WIBM in Jackson, Michigan and later as a humorous disc jockey at Midwest stations, including WJR in Detroit, WIRE in Indianapolis, WGAR in Cleveland and WBEN in Buffalo. In his book P.S. Jack Paar, he recalled doing utility duty at WGAR on the night Orson Welles broadcast his infamous War of the Worlds over the CBS network (and affiliate WGAR). Attempting to calm possible panicked listeners, Paar announced, “The world is not coming to an end. Trust me. Have I ever lied to you?” During World War II, as part of a special services company entertaining troops in the South Pacific, Paar was a clever, wisecracking master of ceremonies. An impressive stint as a guest host on Jack Benny’s radio show caught the attention of NBC officials, who eventually offered him his best known role as host of The Tonight Show. Paar was the program’s host from 1957 to 1962; The show was officially entitled “Tonight Starring Jack Paar,” then after 1959 it was known as The Jack Paar Show. The series became, on September 19, 1960, one of the first regularly scheduled videotaped programs in color. Only a few minutes of video of Paar’s talk host career in color are known to exist today; NBC’s policy at the time was to preserve programming on black-and-white kinescopes but even so, the videotapes of most of Paar’s Tonight Show appearances were taped over and no longer exist, a policy that continued through the first ten years of Johnny Carson’s subsequent hosting of the same series. In 1986, NBC aired a special featuring Paar, titled Jack Paar Comes Home; the following year, a second special Jack Paar Is Alive and Well was broadcast by the network. Both of these specials were largely made up of kinescoped clips from Paar’s prime time program, to which he maintained the copyright. In the course of promoting the first special, Paar guested on Johnny Carson’s version of Tonight for the first time on November 18, 1986. He appeared again to promote the next one on December 17, 1987. PBS television devoted an edition of the American Masters series to Paar’s career in 1997, and in 2003 revisited the topic with another hour-long examination of the Paar phenomenon, appropriately entitled Smart Television. Original Jack Paar Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Written on the card: Best Wishes Jack Parr. The Index Card has a Rust mark where a paper clip had been. Regular Price – $ 75.00 / Sale Price – $ 34.95.

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