He packed a tight suitcase was Ed McMahon 's answer to the everlasting question, did he and Johnny hang out. This was in Ed's obituary. Johnny was a loner and didn't have a lot friends. I looked up this phrase in my slang dictionaries. Couldn't find it. Show biz folk really don't hang out after work in some great Shangri- La place. We mortals long for an Olympus.