THE JACK PAAR SHOW/TONIGHT/NBC/1957-62 (Stutterer)
Jack Paar, a popular late night talk show host, stuttered badly as a child.
Attempting to cure himself of this embarrassing condition, he followed the advice of the ancient Greek orator, Demosthenes (a stutterer) who cured himself by filling his mouth with pebbles and making speeches to the sea. Having no seas near Canton, Ohio, Paar made do with his living room and buttons from his mother’s sewing basket.
He later went to work at a Michigan radio station at the age of 16 and began his climb up the ladder to celebrity status. During highly emotional events Paar exhibited traces of stuttering.