Thursday, November 12, 2020

Review of "For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times," by Ed McMahon

 Review of

For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times, by Ed McMahon ISBN 0446523704

Five out of five stars

What a life he led, Marine Colonel to entertainer

 No person that lived in the sixties to the very early nineties is unaware of the McMahon signature phrase, “Heeere’s Johnny.” Yet, as amazing as it sounds, his activities on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was only a small part of what he accomplished. Therefore, this autobiographical work reads like the works of several lives.

 First off, he was an aviator in the Marine Corps, flying 85 combat missions during the Korean War. After that war was over, he remained in the Marine reserves, retiring as a Colonel in 1966. Secondly, he was one of many that literally created commercial television in his early years working in Philadelphia. At the time, the medium was new, so almost everything they did was a first.  While it is common knowledge that McMahon did some acting, his singing and nightclub exploits would be the answer to many trivia questions.

 Finally, McMahon started earning money early in life, he worked for some time as a salesman, which is where he honed his skills that made him such a success in doing commercials. In his last years of activity, he (co)hosted very popular shows.

 McMahon led an incredible life, until you read this book, it is unlikely that you will truly know how much he accomplished.

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