The show made broadcast history when the CBS broadway studio is renamed "The Ed Sullivan Theater" while being telecast live. The live audience tripped over the TV cables to get into the studio to view the dedication by Mayor Linsay on monitors.moreless
While the nation watched the 20th anniversary Sullivan Show, Mayor John Lindsay participated along with the shows' actors, to dedicate the studio and rename it "The Ed Sullivan Theater". He stood handsome and proud to be the honorary spokesman for the city as he read the cue-cards like the other actors to do his part in this memorable and exciting "Ed Sullivan Show." He was a little nervous standing up alone live before millions making his proclamation on this cold winter night but his gig went on without a slip. When he finsihed his part of the show, the director (Tim Kiley)returned the spot-light on Ed inside the studio to introduce a commercial. The Mayor and I went into the lobby to warm up, and he slipped me a twenty before I went into the theater to hold cue-cards for someone else. Wow! the Mayor of NYC thanked "me". I was 24 years old and had just moved to New York from Michigan a couple of weeks before this broadcast. I had just graduated from college and got the job with Mr. Sullivan by being at the right place at the right time in one of my first assignments as a CBS Page. I hope that somewhere there is I photo of me standing on a stapladder almost being blown down Broadway while I'm holding cue-cards for the Mayor.moreless
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