Milestones, Jul. 26, 1976

Died. Ted Mack, 72, genial, soft-spoken host of television's Original Amateur Hour; of cancer; in North Tarrytown, N.Y. A bandleader in the 1920s, he started as talent scout for the radio version of the Amateur Hour in 1935, serving its late (1946) legendary M.C., Major Edward Bowes. Amateur Hour went on TV in 1948, and Mack ran the show until it died because of poor ratings in 1970. Among the future stars the show presented: Beverly Sills, Maria Callas, Ann-Margret, Pat Boone, and a skinny New Jersey kid named Frank Sinatra. Mack missed a...

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