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The Ed Sullivan Show ran for 23 years, from 1948 till 1971. It featured over 10,000 acts from comedians, to opera divas, Hollywood stars, old vaudeville acts and the cream of rock and roll. One night in 1955, the show had over 47 million viewers! It was the first example of “appointment” television. If you were alive in America at that time, you tuned into to The Ed Sullivan Show. But the show’s host was an enigma. He has been described as the most brilliant non-performer, a person with no stage presence what so ever, and who often verbally mangled his introductions to his acts. Tune in tonight when Inquiry speaks with writer and media historian GERALD NACHMAN about his revealing and fascinating history of this show that brought Senor Wences AND Elvis into homes across the nation. Nachman’s book is titled: RIGHT HERE ON OUR STAGE TONIGHT. ED SULLIVAN’S AMERICA.