Yup, I liked him too -- he seemed like a fundamentally good guy. As a kid in the late '60s, I watched his talk show after school every day.
I remember one time in conversation with a guest, he said something like, "You know those really thin, scratchy washcloths they have in hotels? I love those! You can't buy those in a store, the ones you buy are all plush and velvety and they don't do a thing for your face, but those hotel washcloths, now that's something you can really scrub with! So every time I stay in a hotel, I steal the washcloths."
And of course, years later, he became a hotelier himself. I'll bet the washcloths in his hotels are like BURLAP!