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Ted Mack, emcee of ABC's "Original Amateur Hour."Ted Mack (born February 12, 1904, Greeley, Colorado Ã¢â‚¬â€ died July 12, 1976, North Tarrytown, New York), born as William Edward Maguiness, was the host of Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour on radio and television.In the late 1920s clarinetist Mack formed a dance band, under his real name. A nightclub owner didn't like how "Edward Maguiness" looked on his marquee, so he impulsively changed the bandleader's name to the shorter and snappier "Ted Mack." The name stuck. The Original Amateur Hour began on radio in 1934 as Major Bowes' Amateur Hour, and ran until 1946 when Major Bowes, the creator, died. (Wikipedia)