02/06/2015 06:50 pm ET

Bill Carter On Covering 'SNL' And Lorne Michaels: 'Many Lost Their Minds'

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I first encountered Lorne Michaels during Saturday Night Live's first year on the air. I had just started writing about television for The Baltimore Sun a few weeks before the show's premiere in October 1975, and I had the good sense to recognize it immediately as a breakthrough program — "the best thing NBC has done this year," I wrote.

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