Radio: The Toast of the Town

"You're an inspiration to us all," said the studio visitor, emotionally pressing Ed Sullivan's hand. "It takes a real man to get up there week after week—with that silver plate in your head." So many other televiewers have warmly congratulated him for his triumph over facial paralysis, twisted spine and other dire but imaginary ills, that Sullivan has just about given up protesting that he is and always has been sound of wind and limb.

"When I walk on the stage I apparently look as if I'd just been embalmed," he says moodily. "I...

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