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17 August: How Paar broke his biggest break

Paar (left) with patron Benny: The younger comedian would learn the hard way how not to repay the man who gave him his arguable biggest broadcasting break. (Photo: NBC.)

Paar (left) with patron Benny: The younger comedian would learn the hard way how not to repay the man who gave him his arguable biggest broadcasting break. (Photo: NBC.)

There were few bigger or better breaks to be had during old-time radio’s peak years than to know that Jack Benny had your back or wanted it in the first place. And there were fewer worse breaks to be had than biting Benny’s hand if it happened to have fed you just about anything.

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28 September: Biting the hand that promoted him

The Jack Paar Show: Hair Tonics, Schools, Mail Delivery (Excerpt; NBC, 1947)

Jack Paar, his own cobra's mongoose once too often . . . (Photo: NBC)

Jack Paar, his own cobra’s mongoose once too often . . . (Photo: NBC)

Few people in network radio have received a bigger break than Jack Paar has this summer. And fewer, still, have ever blown themselves up the way Paar will, just a few months after he graduates from summer replacement to regular-season network radio comer.

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