Ed Sullivan - 12-2

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The quality of magical spell Ed Sullivan used to conjure during the golden age of television, back between 1948 and 1971, will likely never emerge again.  His very blandness in front of a camera proved a blessing, since this Harlem-born talent scout, with his idiosyncratic way of pronunciation, never detracted from the wide variety of performers who hit his stage.  His greatest skill was in determining which guests would grace his program, and he achieved a level of broadcasting immortality by introducing his television audience to a band new to the United States in 1964 that called themselves The Beatles.  So, why is the American Treasure Tour blog recognizing Ed Sullivan today?  Well, like Mr. Sullivan, we too have "a really big shew."  (You'll have to visit us to learn what exactly we mean by that.)

QUESTION:

There was one performer Ed Sullivan refused to permit on his program in 1956, but finally conceded when he recognized his popularity could not be ignored.  Who was it?

a)  Buddy Holly

b)  The Big Bopper

c)  Richie Valens

d)  Charles Manson

e)  Elvis Presley

Answer Below

A speech he made in 1823 did more to define the presidency of James Monroe than any other act of his two terms in office:  on this date, he announced the intention of the United States to remain neutral during any European-based conflicts, and asserted American sovereignty in the western hemisphere in what would become known as the Monroe Doctrine.

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1954.  The United States Congress officially ends what many considered a wave of terror in the United States - the Red Scare led by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy finally ended with his censure.  Thousands of Americans had been accused of being communists and having connections to disreputable organizations, often without clear evidence to support the claims.  Careers were ruined, and lives impacted.  Fortunately, the Cold War that triggered this wave of fear ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

BIRTHS:

Today is the birthday of Cathy Lee Crosby, who enjoyed her greatest fame during the 1970s and 1980s, most notably in the 1974 made-for-tv movie Wonder Woman and in the 1980 to 1984 run of the program That's Incredible!  Incredible, indeed.

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QUOTE:

It seems that we learn lessons when we least expect them but always when we need them the most, and, the true gift in these lessons always lies in the learning process itself. - Cathy Lee Crosby 

Answer:  e)  Elvis Presley.  Charles Laughton had to introduce him, since Ed Sullivan had recently been in a car accident and was unable to make it to the studio for the broadcast.