Conan O'Brien's Carson Center Greeting
Late night star Conan O'Brien sends greetings for the dedication of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts.
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- [00:00:00.230]Hello, I'm Conan O'Brien
- [00:00:02.580]and I am very excited about the opening
- [00:00:04.810]of the Johnny Carson Center for the Emerging Media Arts.
- [00:00:08.598]Johnny Carson was an incredibly talented and witty man
- [00:00:12.100]whose 30 years of innovation single handedly defined
- [00:00:15.730]late night television.
- [00:00:17.490]I had the great fortune
- [00:00:18.590]to meet Johnny near the beginning of my career,
- [00:00:21.010]first as a writer for "The Simpsons"
- [00:00:23.140]and then, just a few months later,
- [00:00:24.860]when I was picked to take over
- [00:00:26.300]as host of "Late Night" from David Letterman.
- [00:00:29.130]I was about to become
- [00:00:30.270]one of only three late night talk show hosts in America.
- [00:00:33.730]I had no on-camera experience
- [00:00:36.570]and I and everyone in the country
- [00:00:38.450]knew I was in way over my head.
- [00:00:41.220]Johnny, aware of all this, was very kind
- [00:00:44.100]and he gave me one piece of advice I've never forgotten,
- [00:00:47.187]"Just be yourself, that's the only way it can work."
- [00:00:51.870]And now for all of you, embarking on your personal journeys
- [00:00:54.980]here at this new center,
- [00:00:56.290]it's time for you to discover your true selves,
- [00:00:59.270]so you can become the leaders and innovators in the media
- [00:01:02.170]of the 21st century,
- [00:01:03.840]which is still being invented as I speak.
- [00:01:07.360]What you do with this center
- [00:01:09.100]and what your students do when they go out into the world,
- [00:01:11.960]will not just inspire the future,
- [00:01:14.000]it will create the future in so many fields.
- [00:01:18.020]The students who graduate from here
- [00:01:19.830]will have to potential to impact millions with their work,
- [00:01:23.200]just as Johnny did.
- [00:01:25.040]I know Johnny loved his alma mater, University of Nebraska.
- [00:01:28.090]He was a true Husker
- [00:01:29.480]who would be so very proud of this night.
- [00:01:32.910]So congratulations on the grand opening
- [00:01:34.830]of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media.
- [00:01:38.060]And as Johnny would say, "Go Big Red!"
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