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    Johnny Carson's boyhood home renovated

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    CORNING, IA (CBS/KCCI) -- No one will claim the white house at the corner of 13th Street and Davis Avenue in Corning is a mansion.

    "It's a pretty dinky little house," said Chris Nelson, owner of the home.

    Nelson admits it's been a fixer-upper. "The foundation was cracked. It was a bad scene," said Nelson.

    What happened inside the home in 1925 makes this little Iowa house an entertainment goldmine.

    "Well the special thing is Johnny Carson was born here," said Nelson.

    Carson was NBC's King of Late Night, being introduced every night with the phrase, "Heeeeere's Johnny!"

    While Carson was king, the home at 500 13th Street was just another house.

    "Everybody knew this was Johnny Carson's birthplace house, but nobody had done anything about it," said Nelson.

    Nelson said he found the plaster hanging down from the walls and the ceiling was bowing down. It's was in bad shape.

    A restoration of the home has just been completed. New mementos of Carson's life and career are now on display.

    Roger Sorenson is with the Johnny Carson Birthplace Society.

    "This here is Johnny Carson's record of his birth certificate," said Sorensen.

    Carson died in 2005 at age 79. He was host of The Tonight Show from 1962-1992.

    The group is hoping the birthplace of a TV legend will soon draw busloads of tourists to Iowa's least populated county.

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