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Even today, The Ed Sullivan Show endures as an iconic television program. Critics still laud its staying power, and music lovers can cite all of the famous artists who got their start with Sullivan – the Beatles, anyone? Still, this popular program had plenty of secrets, as did its host, Ed Sullivan. So with that in mind, here are 20 behind-the-scenes secrets you weren’t supposed to find out.

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20. Sullivan skipped college – and his family didn’t like it

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No one could have predicted Ed Sullivan’s future as a famous broadcaster. Still, his family seemed to hope he’d take a more traditional path in life; they encouraged him to go to college and study. Sullivan instead followed his own instinct to work in the newspaper industry, which he did from 1918 to 1932.

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