Tonight’s final story on the “CBS Evening News” was a feel-good look back at the Beatles’ 1st television appearance — 50 years ago this Sunday — on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” (It was also a subtle promo for CBS’ continuing coverage of that historic event, but what the hell.)
The hook was Andrea Tebbetts. Half a century ago, thanks to her grandfather’s connections, she scored tickets to the live TV appearance. There were 50,000 requests, for only 700 seats.
Tonight, CBS took Andrea back to that studio. David Letterman uses it (and it’s now named for Ed Sullivan).
She described how the camera zoomed in on Ringo. Then — suddenly — it cut to her. Screaming, like every other girl in the theater (and in America).
73 million viewers — at that time, a US record — watched her scream.
It was Andrea’s 15 minutes of fame. Up to then, she said, she was known in school only for being “clumsy, a Girl Scout, president of the Science Club.”
And what school was that?
Long Lots Junior High, right here in 06880.