5 Little Know Facts about Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon always seemed like a great guy with a good sense of humor.  He will be missed.  These little known facts about the guy put a smile on my face.  :)

From the list, here's something about "the human laugh track" and Top Second Banana that you may not have known:

Ed always knew he had a voice destined to be heard by the masses—and he started his training early. In 1938, at age15, he became a bingo caller, but that wasn’t his only odd job over the years. To put himself through college, the Hollywood heavyweight worked as a pitchman for vegetable slicers on the boardwalk of Atlantic City and hawked pots and pans as a door-to-door salesman.Prior to that, he worked as a carnival barker for three years in Mexico, Maine.

http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Entertainment/Celebrities/A-Tribute-TV-Icon-Ed-McMahon.html

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by ahammel.


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Several of his ancestors, including the Marquis d'Equilly, had distinguished military careers. Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta was a Marshal of armies in France, serving under Napoleon III, and later President. McMahon once asserted to Johnny Carson that mayonnaise was originally named MacMahonnaise in honor of this ancestor, referring to him as the Comte de MacMahon. In his autobiography, McMahon said that it was his father who told him of this relationship and he went on to suggest that he was not certain of the truth of the story.
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I was really really impressed that he did the Cash 4 Gold commercials during his financial issues - what a riot and it showed a lot of character.
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