RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2012 - Once thought to be lost, a film reel containing clips of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" was discovered in a military visual information storage facility here and was turned over Oct. 1 to Jeff Sotzing
, nephew of Johnny Carson.
"That's what they did with everybody's show," said Sotzing, CEO of the Carson Entertainment Group, the owners of Carson's archive.
Besides being related to the late entertainer, Sotzing
worked on the show from 1977 to 1992, working his
way up from being a runner to producing the show.
"I'm really looking forward to adding this film to the collection.
Almost everything from 1962 to 1973 is gone," Sotzing
"Johnny would make an on-air plea [for lost footage]," Sotzing
The physical film will be stored at a former salt mine in Hutchinson, Kan., which currently houses the Carson archives as well as many other Hollywood film archives, Sotzing
Source: Defense Department - American Forces Network Broadcast Center
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