Tom Snyder Dies in San Francisco
Driving into work this morning I heard of the passing of Tom Snyder from complications related to leukemia at the age of 71.
I have something of a history of being a fan of second or third-tier personaliities. Robert Culp is one of my favorite actors. Likewise, Tom Snyder is one of my favorite talkshow hosts. He's not Johnny or Dave, he's not Merv or Oprah. He's not Larry King. He's somewhere further back in the pack. That never mattered to me. I liked his attitude, I liked his informality and I liked how he dealt with his guests. Whether on his CNBC show or when Letterman gave him the Late, Late Show (I was too young to watch him on Tomorrow), Tom Snyder was always a treat to watch. I can remember a show he did on the Oscars... Or maybe it was the Emmys... His guests were Bonnie Hunt and... Someone else... Bonnie stole the stage as she always does. Bonnie Hunt can make even a misanthrope like David Letterman seem as though he is having a good time. With someone like Tom Snyder, someone who already seems as though he is having a good time, Bonnie made him seem like he was on laughing gas.
I should not have stayed up as late as I did watching Tom Snyder. I had class the next morning. Still, I don't regret a bit of the lost sleep.
Good night, Tom.