Late-Night Icon Tom Snyder Dead at 71

'Tomorrow Show' host's conversational style enchanted insomniacs
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2007 12:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Talk show host Tom Snyder, known for his interviews with celebrities like John Lennon and Johnny Rotten, died yesterday after battling leukemia for 2 years, the AP reports. The man who paved the way for David Letterman and Conan O'Brien as the host of NBC's "Tomorrow Show" and gained immortality through Dan Aykroyd's dead-on "Saturday Night Live" impersonation was 71.

Snyder began his career in the 1960s as a radio reporter in Milwaukee. He then switched to local television, anchoring newscasts in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, before taking on late night in 1972. His best-known catch phrase was, "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air."