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    (September 28, 1901-October 13, 1974)
    Nicknamed the Great Stone Face
    Hosted 'Toast of the Town' (1948-55) later renamed 'The Ed Sullivan Show' (1955-71)
    Gave most of the U.S. its first glimpse of Elvis Presley and The Beatles
    He was a New York Daily News gossip columnist
    He was hot-tempered and self-conscious.
    He became popular although many comedians mocked him for having no talent.
    He called his program 'a rilly big shoo.'
    He ordered the camera men to shoot Elvis from the waist up.
    He order the Rolling Stones to sing 'Let's Spend The Night Together' as 'Let's Spend Some Time Together.'
    When Jim Morrison refused to change the lyric, 'Girl we couldn't get much higher,' he banned the Doors from their appearance.
    He died of esophagus cancer from years of smoking.
    He commanded as much as 50,000,000 viewers every Sunday.
    Despite his sinister look, he would make fun of himself, showcasing Ed Sullivan impersonators on his show.
    CBS renamed his studio 'The Ed Sullivan Theater' which David Letterman uses for his show (Dec. 10, 1967).
    This was CBS' 'cash cow' even when it was cancelled (1971).
    His twin brother and a younger sister died in childhood.
    He detested bigotry and irresponsibility.
    During World War II, he raised $226,000 for Army Emergency Relief and $249,000 for the American Red Cross.
    He was married to Sylvia Weinstein for 42 years, until her death (March 1973).
    He helped bring Beatlemania to the U.S.
    A song in tribute to Ed Sullivan was sung in the Broadway show/movie 'Bye Bye Birdie.'
    Research: Tim Howard
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 135 Votes: 48.15% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 83 Votes: 60.24% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 13 Votes: 38.46% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 8 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 51 Votes: 43.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 47.83% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 71 Votes: 49.30% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 116 Votes: 52.59% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 63 Votes: 58.73% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 246 Votes: 49.19% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 277 Votes: 34.66% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 132 Votes: 48.48% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 244 Votes: 41.39% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 259 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 363 Votes: 46.56% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 695 Votes: 44.46% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1838 Votes: 47.12% Annoying
 
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