Really Big Shoo

On June 9th, 1954 television and radio personality Ed Sullivan shook the hand of 9th District Federal Court Judge George Bolt at the Lincoln Mercury dealership on Tacoma Avenue South before they both attended the cornerstone laying for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Ten years later, on February 9th, 1964 The Ed Sullivan Show presented the British born Beatles live on American television for the first time . And ten years after that, on February 12, 1974 Judge Bolt handed down his landmark decision reaffirming the rights of Washington’s Indian tribes to fish in accustomed places. Rights that stemmed from the Medicine Creek treaty that was signed not far from South Tacoma at the mouth of the Nisqually River in 1854. Handshakes a hundred years apart and not that far away.

Ed Sullivan

TPL Caption:

Tacomans of all ages wait their turn to meet television host and columnist Ed Sullivan and to get his autograph at Ray Ridge Lincoln-Mercury on Tacoma Avenue during a personal appearance on June 9, 1954. While waiting they can check out the new 1954 Mercurys in the showroom. For 23 years, America invited Ed Sullivan into their homes on Sunday evenings for shows that featured opera, rock music, comedic acts, ballet and dramatic readings, often on the same telecast. The show’s name changed from “Toast of the Town” to simply “The Ed Sullivan Show” in September, 1955. Mr. Sullivan’s famous saying was “We have a ‘really big shew’ for you.” The former journalist with the awkward wooden delivery also had a sentimental side which appeared in his conversations with the Italian mouse, Topo Gigio, and in his continuing press for more children’s medical facilities. He was in Tacoma for the cornerstone ceremony at the new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. ALBUM 7.



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