Mike Douglas (1925-2006)
Larry King in remembering Mike Douglas said that he thinks "nice guy" when he remembers the former talk show host. LAist remembers someone who loved stars so much that he let them be themselves. He let John and Yoko take over his show for a week, he let Sly Stone be Sly Stone, he even let Tiger Woods (as a child) demonstrate his putting skills.
But you tell us, who was featuring Tom Waits way back in the day well before "Rain Dogs"? Not many nationally televised shows, that's for sure.