LOGAN, Iowa (AP) _ Boyhood memories led Johnny Carson to donate $150,000 for a community center in the town where his grandparents lived.

Carson, the longtime host of ``The Tonight Show,'' telephoned Mayor Mike Foutch on Aug. 31 to tell him about the money.

Carson was born in Corning and grew up in Nebraska. His grandfather, C.N. ``Kit'' Carson, was mayor of Logan from 1944 to 1948 and owned several businesses in town, including a gas station and a restaurant.

Carson, 72, has fond memories of Logan, a town of 1,400 in southwest Iowa.

``He's sentimental because of his grandparents,'' said Helen Sanders, an assistant. ``He considers it a private matter.''