Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2007
Before David Letterman, before “Coast to Coast” was all about Art Bell and George Noory, talk show host Tom Snyder was pushing back the boundaries on late night radio and television, sometimes discussing Sasquatch.
Snyder, 71, the former host of NBC’s “The Tomorrow Show,” then “Tomorrow Coast to Coast,” and CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder,” died on Sunday afternoon, July 29, 2007, in San Francisco, from compilations of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Snyder gained national fame for hosting “Tomorrow” in NBC’s post-”Tonight Show” slot from 1973 to 1982, with some of his more memorable guests including John Lennon (in his last interview), the Sex Pistols’s Johnny Rotten, members of KISS (before they broke up), and Charles Manson (acting decidedly scary).
What will be remembered within the cryptozoology community is the serious treatment Snyder gave to questions of Bigfoot’s existence. Tracking guests and topics on some of these early shows are difficult. However, among Bigfooters, one of Snyder’s favorite guests appeared to be Robert W. Morgan. Morgan discussed his Bigfoot expeditions and thoughts during various appearances on Tom Snyder’s programs.
Snyder also interviewed skeptics too, such as CSICOP’s Michael Shermers on his show.