Joe Franklin was the grandfather of late night talk shows. He was the host of the first ever Late Night Show. Even on radio, he hadn't missed one broadcast in over 60 years until this past Tuesday.
Joe Franklin interviewed over 300,000 people, including discovering celebrities like Al Pacino, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Woody Allen.
If you can name them, he interviewed them.
The Joe Franklin Show ran from 1951 until Aug. 6, 1993, which totaled to 21,425 shows.
Aside from his TV talk show, he was on radio, including on Bloomberg Radio the past few years. He also wrote 26 books.
Joe was a personal friend. He was a special person, but more so for my father.