The man. The myth. The legend.
Although I didn’t follow his career as much as others probably have, I think we can all agree he was a household name for a reason.
The NY Times says:
“Larry King, who shot the breeze with presidents and psychics, movie stars and malefactors—anyone with a story to tell or a pitch to make—in a half-century on radio and television, including 25 years as the host of CNN’s globally popular “Larry King Live,” died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 87.”
I also love the way NY Times described his interviewing style:
To former President Nixon: “When you drive by the Watergate, do you feel weird?”
To former President Ronald Reagan: “Is it, for you, frustrating to not remember something?”
To Donald J. Trump, when he was still best known as a real estate mogul: “Does it have to be buildings?”
He bragged that he almost never prepared for an interview. If his guest was an author promoting a book, he did not read it but asked simply, “What’s it about?” or “Why did you write this?”
Here is a lovely tribute to the talk show host from CNN: