CNN analyst David Gergen gets an honor, is related to Johnny Carson

Left to Right: NEHGS president Brenton Simons, honoree David Gergen, and CNBC’s “Closing Bell” co- anchor and NEHGS trustee Bill Griffeth. (Roger Farrington)
Left to Right: NEHGS president Brenton Simons, honoree David Gergen, and CNBC’s “Closing Bell” co- anchor and NEHGS trustee Bill Griffeth. (Roger Farrington)

The New England Historic Genealogical Society had to cancel its benefit dinner on Friday night, but managed to present CNN political analyst, Harvard professor, and former presidential adviser David Gergen with a Lifetime Achievement Award for American Public Service before its meeting on Saturday at the Church of the Covenant. The NEHGS did a genealogical workup on Gergen as part of the honor. Turns out he’s related to 18 presidents, including two of his former bosses, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Gergen is also a distant cousin of Johnny Carson.

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