Larry King, the suspenders-sporting syndicated radio host who helped define American broadcasting for a half-century was 87 when he died on January 23, 2021.
It is estimated that King conducted 50,000 on-air interviews.
King once indicated that at one point in his career he fell victim to living large. “It was important to me to come across as a ‘big man,”’ he wrote in his autobiography, which meant “I made a lot of money and spread it around lavishly.”
He accumulated debts and was married eight times to seven women. “I’m not good at marriage, but I’m a great boyfriend,” he once said.
At one point in his life he gambled, borrowed wildly and failed to pay his taxes.
He also became involved with a shady financier in a scheme to bankroll an investigation of President Kennedy’s assassination.
A three-packs-a-day cigarette habit led to a heart attack in 1987.
“Work, it’s the easiest thing I do,” King once said.
At the time of his death, his estimated net worth was $50 million.
One can’t help but wonder if he died a happy man. One thing is for sure, whatever he accumulated and accomplished, he didn’t take it with him.
Few people ever say they wish they had spent more time at the office. It would appear King’s greatest accomplishment was not at home or in his personal life but in the nine to five of everyday life.
It has been said that the key to a satisfying life is found having success and significance. How we define either or both will likely determine our legacy and our eternal fate.
It is not clear where Mr. King placed his faith. He is likely the one being interviewed by the King of Kings at this point. I hope it goes well for him. This will be his biggest interview of all and he isn’t even the host. May his ratings be at their highest.