Legendary "Saturday Night Live"
announcer DON PARDO
died last night at his home in Tuscon, Arizona. He was 96. No other details of his death were released.
Pardo was with "SNL" from its debut in 1975. But he was already a 31-year veteran at NBC by then. He was also the announcer on the original versions of the game shows "Jeopardy!" and "The Price Is Right".
And he was one of the first people to inform America that PRESIDENT KENNEDY had been shot on November 22nd, 1963.
Pardo was replaced on "SNL" during the 1981 - '82 season, but only missed a handful of other shows due to illness. In 2004 he was given a lifetime contract with NBC. Apparently, he and BOB HOPE were the only two people with that honor.
Don's first name was actually Dominic. But when he got into radio and started going by "Dom" everyone messed it up and called him "Don" instead . . . so he said, "The heck with it; I'll be Don."
Don's wife passed away in 1995, but he's survived by three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
(Here's the "SNL" cast celebrating Don's 90th birthday. And here's Don as the announcer in Weird Al Yankovic's "I Lost on Jeopardy" video. He actually appears at 2:30.)