48 Years Ago In TIME

Long before Survivor and Joe Millionaire, TV critics were puzzling over the success of another TV phenomenon, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW:

He moves like a sleepwalker; his smile is that of a man sucking a lemon; his speech is frequently lost in a thicket of syntax; his eyes pop from their sockets or sink so deep in their bags that they seem to be peering up at the camera from the bottom of twin wells. Yet, instead of frightening children, Ed Sullivan charms the whole family...After whipping up a new show every Sunday night for seven years, Ed has formulated some...

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