... McMahon visited Onslow County to purchase a boat, a life-long hobby of his, more than two decades ago.
At the time, McMahon was a member of the board of directors for Murray Chris-Craft Yachts, which then had a factory in Onslow County. He owned two boats previously built by the company and visited the Swansboro boatyard in August 1985 to check on the progress of a 50-footer being built there at the time.
It was McMahon's first trip to the area since being stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point as a young man, according to Daily News archives.
When his yacht - christened the Queen Victoria III - was completed, it was shipped via flatbed to Marina Del Ray, Calif. ...
"Ed McMahon's voice at 11:30 was a signal that something great was about to happen," said David Letterman. "Ed's introduction of Johnny was a classic broadcasting ritual — reassuring and exciting."