Bushkin claimed that under Carson's raincoat, "I was shocked to see that Johnny was carrying a .38 revolver in a holster on his hip."
Bushkin wrote he later joined a already-drunk Carson at a bar, hard at work fashioning jokes about his discovery: "“Why Frank Gifford? What’s that a-?-hole got that I don’t have? That guy plays three positions on the field. I could never get Joanne to go for more than two."
Joanne Carson, who is 81 and now lives on Sunset Blvd. (paging Gloria Swanson!) in Bel-Air says it never happened, that the apartment belonged to her secretary but had some of her things in it, and that Carson, an ex-Navy man, was terrified of guns.
|Frank Gifford in a 1962 Lucky Strike print ad|
In 1988 Carson fired Bushkin after accusing him of bad investments and sued him for $16 million dollars for repayment of a failed real estate development loan note.