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A Sailor's Story: Ensign John William Carson (Johnny Carson)

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John William Carson was born on October 23, 1925, in Corning Iowa.
He started performing early, his first show, at age 14, was for a local Kiwanis Club, where he debuted "The Great Carsoni".
Ensign John William Carson joined the U.S. Navy on June 8, 1943, where he was assigned tot he USS Pennsylvania as the communications officer and performed a magic trick for the US Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal.
After the war, Ensign Carson took advantage of the GI bill, attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Graduating with a bachelors in radio and speech, with the thesis, "How to Write Comedian Jokes".
He began his career at WOW radio, in Omaha, Nebraska in 1950, and by 1955, he had a CBS show titled "The Johnny Carson Show" and in 1962 became the host of the Tonight Show, a role he maintained until retirement in 1992.
While he never discussed his personal life or his politics, he actively supported the USO and created the Johnny Carson Foundatio…

A Sailor's Story: Lieutenant Osborn Elliott

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On October 25, 1924, Osborn Elliott was born in New York City, New York.  He started his first newspaper by the age of eight.  
Lieutenant Osborn Elliott graduated from Harvard and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving in the Pacific aboard the heavy cruiser Boston.
After the war, he began his (paid) journalism career, first at the Journal of Commerce, then at Time.  In 1955 Lieutenant Osborn Elliott moved to Newsweek, where he introduced by-lines and became the Editor in Chief in 1969.
Civically, Lieutenant Osborn Elliott was also active, founding in 1975, the Citizen's Committee for New York City with Senator Jacob Javits, and in 1976 became the Deputy Mayor of New York.  
Lieutenant Elliott also contributed to education and was named dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  
He wrote an autobiography, "The World of OZ" and died, September 28, 2008.