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February 11, 1988 | BY DONALD KAUL
I got my annual letter from Ed McMahon the other day. "Dear Donald Kaul," he starts it. (I keep telling him to call me Don, just Don, but he won't do it. Every year it's "Dear Donald Kaul. " He's so formal.) He goes on: "I may have the pleasure of making this exciting announcement on NBC's Tonight Show:" he says, "DONALD KAUL HAS JUST WON TEN MILLION DOLLARS!" That Ed, he sure knows how to get your attention. It is, of course, the annual Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes scam, the chance of making $10 million simply by opening a letter and sending back your entry.
NEWS
July 14, 1988 | By DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
"Star Search" - the Ed McMahon-hosted, nationally syndicated TV showcase for undiscovered talent - blew through Philadelphia these past three days like Hurricane Mah-velous. Aspiring vocalists auditioned at ultra-hip Sigma Sound, 212 N. 12th St., on Monday and Tuesday; perspiring hoofers hoofed at Joanna's Studio of Dance, 2439 S. Broad St., yesterday afternoon. At Sigma, framed hit records covered with enough gold to fill every cavity in Center City crowd the walls leading into Studio 2, where "Star Search" sets up camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
TATTLE KNEW the mortgage crisis was bad, but we didn't expect it to hit America's sidekick, Ed McMahon. The former "Tonight Show" second banana, "Star Search" host and American Family Publishers pitchman is fighting to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills home. McMahon, 85, was $644,000 behind on payments on $4.8 million in mortgage loans when a unit of Countrywide Financial Corp. filed a default notice Feb. 28 with the L.A. County Recorder's Office, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
NEWS
September 26, 1996 | By Cathy Crimmins and Tom Maeder
What fun is the orchestra experience if you can't dress up and go to a restaurant beforehand and then stand in the aisles during intermission and show pictures of your grandchildren to all the other subscribers you've gotten to know over the last 40 years? Sure, WFLN has promised to broadcast the same concert programs the Philadelphia Orchestra would have played if there wasn't a strike. It's a great idea, but it kind of misses the point, doesn't it? It's just not the same hearing the orchestra in the privacy of your own home - you miss hearing all those elderly gentlemen snoring through the Mahler.
NEWS
August 1, 1993 | From Inquirer wire services
Ed McMahon was back on The Tonight Show, but this time he was a guest. "Even though I've been gone 14 months, I've kept in touch with the audience," McMahon told Jay Leno as the audience cheered Friday night. McMahon, 70, reminisced about working with Johnny Carson on the show, and how he came up with his trademark opening. "The very first night I was trying to figure what to do that would be different. I thought all day, and I thought of it just before I went on the air. It was 'Heeeeeere's Johnny.
NEWS
September 4, 1997 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
THE TOM SHOW. Channel 17, 9 p.m. Sunday. ALRIGHT ALREADY. Channel 17, 9:30 p.m. Sunday. God knows, I didn't want to laugh. Tom Arnold, back on TV, playing a guy recovering from a bad marriage to one of the world's most famous women. Ed McMahon back on TV, too. How bad an idea is this? Extremely bad. Worse than "Star Search. " Worse than having "Roseanne" win the lottery. Worse than "Tom" and "The Jackie Thomas Show" put together. A funny thing happened on the way to "The Tom Show," though.
NEWS
October 17, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
"This," said Ed McMahon, nodding toward his new plaque on South Broad Street, "means I'm here. I started here 40 years ago and nobody knew I would make it. Well, I made it, and I'm here to celebrate. " McMahon, Johnny Carson's longtime Tonight Show sidekick, was one of 13 current and former Philadelphians to be cast in bronze and set in stone yesterday in recognition of his contribution to the city's musical heritage. Set in the sidewalk, actually, down at Broad and Spruce Streets.
NEWS
January 26, 1997 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 9:30 tonight, somewhere in the United States or Canada, a dark-colored van will park discreetly outside a house. Minutes later, if all goes as planned, several neatly dressed people will get out, ring the doorbell, and change somebody's life forever. YES, IT MAY BE YOU! Somebody may interrupt your peace and quiet during the Super Bowl postgame show to announce YOU'VE JUST WON TEN MILLION DOLLARS!! Then again, probably not. Your chance of winning is tiny, perhaps 1 in 100 million - far worse, say, than winning a typical state lottery (1 in 17 million)
NEWS
October 17, 1989 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Singer Teddy Pendergrass was on hand yesterday at the Walk of Fame on Broad Street between Locust and Spruce as the Philadelphia Music Foundation Hall of Fame dedicated a plaque to the singer for helping create the "Philadelphia Sound. " Others honored included Ed McMahon, Al Martino, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and Todd Rundgren.
NEWS
May 3, 1991 | BY MICHAEL LACING
Ten things more frightening than seeing the movie, 'Silence of the Lambs:' Find that your seat on the plane to Hawaii is between Siegfried and Roy. Daughter announces she has a baby-sitting job for Ed McMahon. A judge at the first annual Atlantic City Miss Fecal Count contest. Drink too much and pass out on the most popular corner in town for bums to relieve themselves. Find out your rental car. while in Los Angeles, has a bumper sticker that reads: L.A. Cops are little wussies.
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December 31, 2011
Kaye Stevens, 79, a singer and actress who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show , died Wednesday at a hospital near Orlando, Fla., after a battle with breast cancer and blood clots. Ms. Stevens, a longtime South Florida resident, performed with Rat Pack members including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop. She also sang solo at such venues as Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2011
Tattle is thinking about starting a cable channel dedicated solely to discovering undiscovered talent. Between "American Idol," "America's Got Talent," "The Voice," the upcoming "X Factor," "The Sing-Off" and the niche talent shows aimed at country, R&B and gospel audiences, is there anyone left who can sing and isn't on television? See what you've wrought, Ted Mack , Al Alberts and Ed McMahon ? Now comes word that Jennifer Lopez and hubby, Marc Anthony (left), are teaming up with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller for "Q'Viva!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2011 | By MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
The greatest skill of any talk show host is the ability to think on his feet. Even the most snooze-worthy guest can turn into an uproarious interview with some massaging from the man behind the desk. Tony Braithwaite doesn't have much experience hosting a talk show, but that doesn't mean he hasn't developed his foot muscles. "As an unathletic fat kid with acne, I developed that skill set to survive," the local comic actor said. Good thing, too, seeing as Braithwaite will take up residency behind the desk of "Heeere's Tony!"
NEWS
December 31, 2009 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We lost them this year - but also we had the great luck to be on the same planet with them. Every corner of human activity said goodbye to greats. The most prominent celebrity exit was that of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, singer, dancer, and cult figure, of heart failure at the too-young age of 50. Longtime Senate stalwart Ted Kennedy (77) became a posthumous best-selling author with True Compass. Let's celebrate these prominent people who ended their runs in 2009: Television.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2009 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
JOE JACKSON thinks that his son Michael was murdered, and at least one person is convinced that he's right: La Toya. And she wants revenge. "We don't think just one person was involved in the murder," La Toya told London's News of the World. "It was a conspiracy to get Michael's money. "I know who did it, and I won't rest until I nail them!" In an exclusive interview with News of the World, La Toya, who claims to be the closest person to Michael, reveals that she and the family are convinced her brother's apparent drug overdose has "foul play" written all over it. "Michael was worth well over a billion in music-publishing assets, and somebody killed him for that," she says.
NEWS
July 3, 2009 | By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
THE Angel of Death was busy during the last days of June. Like a meter maid scrambling to make her quota, he racked up casualties with disturbing efficiency. First there was Gary Papa, Action News' beloved sportscaster who died, far too soon, of cancer. Then came Ed McMahon, a local institution before he rocketed to stardom as Johnny Carson's loyal sidekick. Then Irv Homer, who spent his last moments doing what he was born to do: giving the less-informed and less-engaged a piece of his fabulous mind.
NEWS
June 25, 2009 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
'GOOD with 10 million people, lousy with 10. " That's how Ed McMahon once described to me his longtime friend, the notoriously private Johnny Carson. Which would explain why McMahon was nervous as he planned a Philadelphia surprise party in Carson' s honor. He'd told Carson that TV Guide (located in Radnor) needed the "Tonight Show" host in the City of Brotherly Love for a cover photo. McMahon, meanwhile, was carefully inviting 30 guests he knew Carson would be pleased to see. McMahon arranged for Carson's driver to stop by his house on the way to the photo shoot.
NEWS
June 24, 2009 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
Ed McMahon, everybody's friend, gets a big send-off not because he dripped with talent or paved new entertainment paths. He gets the good goodbye because he was everybody's friend. You knew Ed McMahon. He was your fun uncle, who always had a story at Thanksgiving; your golfing buddy, the guy at work who'd listen to your grousing and find a bright side to divert you. He'd lend you 20 bucks till payday, or maybe more, for longer. Or he'd get you to lend him some money. It was great to get $10 million from American Family Publishers, "the only sweepstakes with my picture on the envelope," he told us for years, but having your old friend Ed drop by with the check was sweet icing on the cake.
NEWS
June 24, 2009 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed McMahon, 86, who began his half-century television career in Philadelphia before becoming Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show, where his booming announcement "Heeere's Johnny!" became his trademark, died yesterday. Publicist Howard Bragman told the Associated Press that Mr. McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Bragman did not give a cause of death, saying only that Mr. McMahon had had a "multitude of health problems the last few months.
NEWS
May 31, 2009 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay Leno said goodbye to The Tonight Show on Friday night in pedestrian fashion. (Jay Walking, indeed.) Perhaps that was fitting for the most workmanlike host ever to sit behind the desk at this TV institution. It seemed like just another day at the office for the 59-year-old comic, who ended his 17-year tenure with a pro forma performance, lacking in pizzazz and retrospection. Shying away from classic clips may have been a wise move since his reel of "The Best of Comedy Bits & Pieces" the preceding night had seemed awfully thin even at two minutes.
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