Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ed McMahon and his Onslow County ties

The Jacksonville Daily News has an article about the late Ed McMahon's ties to Onslow County. The legendary sidekick died Tuesday. He was 86.

... 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."

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