Pressed further to analyze his own success, he said he worked hard on his own timing. "I have an affinity for editing and pacing," he said....
Someone once asked Mr. Carson what he would like his epitaph to be.
He thought for a moment and reached for the traditional line of a talk-show host:
"I'll be right back."
Johnny Carson, Low-Key King of Late-Night TV, Dies at 79
By RICHARD SEVERO
and BILL CARTER
Published: January 23, 2005