Correcting A Fortunate Error…
A few days ago, I identified the blond lady on the left as Ed’s daughter, Betty Sullivan Precht who’s husband was the show’s producer, Bob Precht. In trying to identify the lady on the right, I have made contact with two ladies that were both production secretaries on the show in the sixties…Lois Ringle and Barbara Forster. The blond is Barbara Forster and I will be talking with her this afternoon. Back then, she was Barbara Smith and was Bob Precht’s secretary. The brunette is Emily Cole and was secretary to the associate producer Jack McGeehan.
In an email from Barbara yesterday, here is a little of what she wrote. “I worked on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York from Sept. 1961 to Feb. 1966, moved to Los Angeles, was called back to work as lead Production Secretary on the Expo ’67 show in Montreal, and upon our return to NY was asked to work out the rest of Sullivan’s live season before returning to L.A. My job during the week was as Secretary to Bob Precht, the producer, and in Studio 50 alternate weekends, I was a production secretary as part of a team of three women who alternated job responsibilities to get the show on the air live at 8.” The other two women were Lois Ringle and Emily Cole. Lois helped me fine Barbara and I will be speaking to Lois again soon and hopefully to Emily Cole as well about their day at the heart of ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.
In a way, I feel like the curator of a giant art gallery that has to know the who, what, when and where of each painting, but without even knowing who the painter was. Ninety percent of the photos and videos you see here have no dates, places, names or details with them. That is information that I have to research…all of it, every day. I do make mistakes from time to time, but that’s where I’ve come to count on the many of you that worked with these stars, shows, networks and programs to help fill in the blanks and add to the experience. Your help is always appreciated by me and the many others who learn from your comments. Keep up the good work and thank you! By the way, last week, this page had over 28,000 views.