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There are 2 entries for this date: George Santayana (Quote) and Johnny Carson
George Santayana (Quote)

George Santayana (Quote)

“Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions. It sanctified, quite like Mohammedanism, extermination and tyranny . . . ”

—-George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952), Little Essays, No. 107, "Christian Morality"

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

On this date in 1925, television host and comedian John William “Johnny” Carson was born to Ruth and Homer Carson in Corning, Iowa. He spent his childhood in Iowa and Nebraska, and by age 14, performed magic tricks locally as “The Great Carsoni.” After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a bachelors degree in radio and speech along with a minor in physics. Carson began his career in Omaha, Nebraska, as a host for WOW’s radio and television programs. He quickly grew a fan base, starring in “Carson’s Cellar,” a comedy show of his creation at a television station in Southern California. He also hosted several game and variety shows, including “To Tell the Truth, “Who Do You Trust?” and “The Johnny Carson Show,” which was short-lived. In 1962, he replaced Jack Paar on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and proceeded to become one of the highest paid and most beloved television entertainers in history. Throughout his career in entertainment, Carson was praised for his wit and humor, garnering unprecedentedly high ratings for “The Tonight Show.” He received six Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award, a Peabody, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He prominently featured James Randi, who exposed several televangelists on the show. Carson retired from “The Tonight Show” in 1992. Like many entertainers and comedians interested in magic tricks, he appeared to be a strong rationalist who enjoyed exposing flim flam. he reportedly had a complex character and was more quiet and reclusive in his private life, preferring to abstain from public events and interviews. He married four times and had three sons from his first marriage. He died at the age of 79, due to complications from emphysema. D. 2005.

 

“Dear James: After watching John Edward on Larry King last night, I was reminded of Bacon’s admonition – ‘A credulous man is a deceiver.’ On the gullibility scale, Larry is second only to Montel Williams. I hope the enclosed will help to educate them both. My best, Johnny Carson.” 

—Letter (with donation) to James Randi of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), taken from http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1860-james-randi.pdf

-Yuna Choi

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Freethought of the Day

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