Monday, July 23, 2012

Ayn Rand on Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW

Many people in the objectivish sphere have waited to see Ayn Rand's appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. (The story goes that Carson cancelled the other guests and spent the entire show with her.) These tapes were long-thought to be lost (although the transcript appears in the book Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed...more on that in a second), (Michael Paxton wanted them for his documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life , but was told by Carson's people that the tapes were all destroyed), but they have surfaced on the website of one Kerry O'Quinn, who was a friend of Joan and Allan Blumenthal. O'Quinn claims that the VHS tapes were made by a fellow named John Waldrop.

(Regarding the transcript in Objectively Speaking...a poster has pointed out, on the Objectivist Living website, that Rand's mentioning of Nathaniel Branden was selectively omitted, and tied it in to Robert Campbell's "Rewrite Squad" thread (I discussed that previously, here), which chronicles the history of selective editing by the ARI of Rand's spoken words). Anyway, now we have both for comparison.

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