And now, right here on this stage, a sock…

The first Cookie A Stricken sock is sailing along.  Well, maybe more like plodding, the cables are very fiddly.  I like the soft stripey yarn.  I love the pattern – even as it’s driving me  crazy with the cables.  But I’m not so sure I like the two together.  The intricate pattern is getting lost in the stripes.

On the other hand, the stripes make it much harder to spot my mistakes features like when I mixed up a ktbl and a purl in a cable and didn’t notice until a couple of rounds later….

In any case, I’m certainly not going to frog them.  I’ll love the socks as they are, just like a good parent…  😀

Did you know that this is the date that the Ed Sullivan Show premiered?  Ed Sullivan’s show “Toast of the Town” premiered on June 20,1948.   On September 17, 1955, the name was changed to The Ed Sullivan Show. One of the longest-running variety shows in TV history, the show finally ended on June 6, 1971.

Sullivan began his career as a boxer, then became a sportswriter.  He began reporting on entertainment, both in newspapers and on the radio.  In 1948, the CBS network hired Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show.  Television critics gave the new show and its host very poor reviews.   Harriet Van Horne alleged that “he got where he is not by having a personality, but by having no personality.” (The host wrote to the critic, “Dear Miss Van Horne:  You bitch.  Sincerely, Ed Sullivan.”)

But the show succeeded past any other variety program.  Sullivan had an instinct for what the public wanted, and programmed his variety hours with remarkable balance.  A typical show would feature a vaudeville act (acrobats, jugglers, magicians, etc.), one or two popular comedians, a singing star, a hot jukebox favorite, a figure from the legitimate theater, and a visit with puppet Topo Gigio, the little Italian mouse.  (I loved Topo Gigio.)

He was known as a starmaker, and many entertainers began their careers on his show.  (Sorry, his “rilly big shew”.)   In February 1964, he presented the first live American appearance of The Beatles, the most-watched program in TV history to that point and still one of the most-watched programs of all time.

He also defied public and network pressure to exclude African American musicians from appearing on his show.  He gave a voice to the Supremes, the Jackson Five,  and more.

I always watched the show together with my parents, and whatever friends were over visiting.  It was just what was done.  Everybody in school could mimic him.

Despite his not being an “entertainer” himself, he has a star on Hollywood Blvd.    I’d say after hosting one of the most popular shows on television for 23 years, he deserved it.   Thanks, Ed.

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