|Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2013 at 3:05 AM|
A Hard Act to Follow is a tribute to both Johnny Carson the man and Johnny Carson the entertainer. As a Brit coming to the book, knowing very little of the man and his work, apart from his awesome reputation, I found it enthralling. The book is by turns fascinating, hard hitting and entertaining. Henry Bushkin writes about the man he worked for with an honesty and open style that I found fascinating and easy to read. He drops household names as if they were just the folks next door, which in a sense is true, as Henry became enmeshed and entangled in the social world of Johnny Carson and the society he moved in. But throughout the book is the sense that Henry was only a part of that inner circle by an invitation that could be revoked at any time.
Inevitably that invitation was revoked and with it possibly came a sense of relief for Henry insomuch that he would no more have to contend with the moods and outrageous demands of his boss. Certainly Mr Bushkin served his employer well, and profited from that service in terms of dollars and prestige. But was it worth everything he lost by doing so? Johnny Carson was without doubt number one in Henry’s life for many years, (as Carson not requested, but demanded). However, once ostracized by Carson, what was left for Henry? Certainly not family, for they had been sacrificed along the way. A sacrifice Bushkin felt was worth making at the time, or at least managed to convince himself it was. One wonders how he felt about this in later years. However this is something the author has chosen not to tell us, as at the close of the book he skips rapidly over the post-Carson years.
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