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Johnny Carson Honored in Nebraska

October 14, 1999

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) _ Johnny Carson’s hometown honored its famous native son with a billboard sporting a huge computer-generated photo of the retired king of late-night television.

The sign reads: ``Heeere’s Norfolk. Proud Home Town of ... Johnny Carson.″ It sits along U.S. Highway 275, east of Norfolk.

A crowd of about 30 people roared ``Heeere’s Johnny″ _ his signature introduction from ``The Tonight Show″ _ after Mayor Harley Rector unveiled the sign Wednesday.

``It’s a happy day for Norfolk,″ said Denny Reeves, dressed in a tuxedo and sandals as the show’s theme song played in the background. ``Johnny instilled an awful lot of pride in Norfolk and northeast Nebraska.″

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