The show was topical. The guests were brilliant -- and the host was a match for them. He was still young and boyish enough to appreciate his good fortune at the gig of a lifetime -- the opportunity to chat with one's heroes and establish his own standing in the process.
A few years ago (2008), Dick Cavett sat down with Charlie Rose to discuss his newly penned Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets -- and to reminisce about a high point in TV entertainment, the show he helped to create.
Here's a clip from that interview, which I found on the way to researching something else. The clip within the clip (with Carol Burnett) is worth the price of admission.