Posts Tagged ‘Jay Leno’

Photo of the Week

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

LenoRecently, Jay Leno announced his intention to step down as the host of the Tonight Show on NBC after the completion of the Winter Olympics in 2014. Leno, although not known by some, grew up here in Andover. He was an immensely successful comedian, one of the more famous to exist.

Leno attended high school in what is now West Middle School. He was not an excellent student, as he was recommended to drop out of high school by his counselor. However, he later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College. In the 1970’s, Leno commenced with his acting career, starring in several minor films. In 1987, he substituted Johnny Carson as the host of the Tonight Show. He took over the position in 1992, and continued to host until 2009. He continued with stand-up comedy throughout this time. In 2009, Conan O’Brien succeeded him, prompting Leno to host the new “Jay Leno Show”. However, due to low ratings and confliction with the Winter Olympics of 2010, he went back to hosting the Tonight Show. In April of 2013, it was announced Jimmy Fallon would take over to attract younger viewers.

Leno’s career was amazing, and even more so to know he originated from Andover.

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Andover Story – October 7, 2010

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

This week’s Andover Story, “Serio’s Grove provided river entertainment,” tells the story of Frank Serio and his family, who owned land on the edge of the Shawsheen River in Ballardvale, at the southern end of Andover. Author Gail Ralston brings the Serio’s story up to 2009, when the Andover Conservation Commission formally recognized the grove as a new recreation area. Follow the link to the Andover Townsman Online to read the whole story. Guess what famous hometown boy shows up in the story? (Hint: You might be able to see him on TV Tonight.)

Frank Serio paddling one of his homemade boats on the Shawsheen River.

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Today Show…Today!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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The Today Show aired it’s segment on Jay Leno’s childhood in Andover and his early career Wednesday, May 27th. Click here to go the MSNBC website to watch the segment.  Look for Andover in the second minute of the piece for our 22 seconds on national television!

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Be Sure to Watch the Today Show Monday!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

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jay-lenoMonday morning, May 25th, in the first hour of NBC’s Today Show, 7:00-8:00 a. m., watch for the Historical Society in the background of a segment on Andover native Jay Leno.  Click here to see our previous blog post on the show.

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Andover Historical Society on NBC’s Today Show…Maybe!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

On Wednesday, May 6, NBC Today Show producer Curtis Vogel came to Andover to interview Nancy Haggerty Varnum and Lew Trumbore about growing up in Andover with Jay Leno. Vogel filmed the interview in the main gallery of the Historical Society, in front of our new exhibit title.  He also shot some footage of photographs of Andover in the 1970s from the Society’s collection.  The segment will air Monday, May 25, most likely in the first hour of the Today Show, 7:00-8:00 a.m. Watch for Nancy and Lew and maybe some of the Historical Society in the background!

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Today Show producer Curtis Vogel reviews footage with Lew Trumbore and Nancy Haggerty Varnum in the Main Gallery of the Historical Society.

Today Show producer Curtis Vogel reviews footage with Lew Trumbore and Nancy Haggerty Varnum in the Main Gallery of the Historical Society.

The Today Show is running a week-long series, May 25-29, marking Jay Leno’s last night on the Tonight Show.  In February, while filming an interview with Today Show host Meredith Viera, Leno talked about growing up in Andover, mentioning friends, teachers, and places that meant a lot to him.  Producer Curtis Vogel contacted the Historical Society in April looking for help locating the people and places Leno mentioned.

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Watch the Today Show Monday, May 25, to look for some familiar people and places around town!  The series on Jay Leno will continue on the Today Show the whole week.

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