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'Today' at 60: The party's over

"Today" show correspondent Matt Lauer is interviewed during

"Today" show correspondent Matt Lauer is interviewed during the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on Jan. 12, 2012. Credit: Getty Images

It's been some week on "Today," ending with this morning's blowout that assembled all the previous anchors -- with the exception of three -- going back 60 years.

This was something well worth seeing, and for those who missed, let's hit the rewind button. "Today" has always done a great job with these birthday weeks, by reminding viewers (particularly the wayward few tempted to switch over to "GMA" or sample the latest on CBS) that this show has been part of their lives for all this years.

Too bad Joe Garagiola -- who, if you can believe this, is 85 --  wasn't here; he couldn't make it, Matt Lauer, above, explained. Frank McGee -- Jim Hartz's immediate predecessor -- died of cancer many  years ago; and Dave Garroway also met a tragic end in 1982. (He commited suicide.)

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