Show Business: Battle of the Giants

The headlines were blacker than the Congo—and why not? The combatants, after all, were a lot more famous than Gizenga, or even Adlai Stevenson. They were Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, two of TV's major folk heroes. Their fight was not about the future of Africa or of mankind, not even about better TV or that overripe chestnut, show business "integrity." It was about money.

The weekly Sullivan variety show pays up to $7,500 for a few minutes' work. The nightly Paar show pays the union minimum of $320. Since the same people often...

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