Author of Ed Sullivan biography to speak in Blaine

Published on Wed, Nov 3, 2010
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Fans of The Ed Sullivan Show will want to attend a special two-hour event featuring New York newspaper columnist Gerald Nachman, author of ”Right Here On Our Stage Tonight! Ed Sullivan’s America,” the biography of Sullivan.

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, at the Semiahmoo Resort in the Discovery Theatre. There is no admission charge and free popcorn and coffee will be served.

Former syndicated TV columnist Ron Miller said Sullivan became one of the unlikeliest superstars in TV history as the host of a variety hour that dominated Sunday night viewing in America for more than 20 years.

Miller, a Semiahmoo resident will be hosting the event, and has served two decades as a former national president of the Television Critics Association. He will screen classic scenes from Sullivan’s program, including the historical appearances of Elvis Presley and The Beatles on the show.

Nachman and Miller will chronicle the rise of Sullivan’s program from its humble beginnings as “Toast of the Town” in 1948 to its emergence as the most-watched showcase for talent in TV history, finally ending in 1971 when viewership was still huge by today’s standards.

Copies of Nachman’s book will be available for purchase at the end of Wednesday night’s program, and be available for autographs.

Nachman is the author of several acclaimed show business books, including “Raised on Radio” and “Seriously Funny,” the story of the stand-up comedy revolution of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a columnist and critic for many newspapers, including The New York Daily News and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Miller, who regularly lectures on movie and television topics at Semiahmoo Resort,  was the TV editor of the San Jose Mercury News and syndicated columnist for Knight Ridder Newspapers from 1977-99. He’s the author of “Mystery! A Celebration” and co-author of “Masterpiece Theatre,” both official companion books to PBS television shows.

He co-founded the website www.thecolumnists.com with Nachman and two other retired columnists.

The current columns of both men appear on that website, which completes its eleventh year online December 1.