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Susskind, David (19 December 1920–22 February 1987), television producer and talk show host, was born David Howard Susskind in New York City, the son of Benjamin Susskind, an insurance agent, and Frances Lear. When Susskind was a baby he moved with his family to Brookline, Massachusetts, a comfortable suburb of Boston. After graduating from Brookline High School in 1938, he spent two years at the University of Wisconsin, where he met and in 1939 married classmate Phyllis Briskin, with whom he had three children. He transferred to Harvard University in 1940 and received a bachelor’s degree in politics and government in 1942. Susskind then served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Bored by the long periods of inactivity encountered in the military, energetic Susskind abandoned plans to become a college professor and set his sights on a career in show business, which he called “the most dynamic and interesting field I could get into.”...