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Highlights of Steve Allen's Career

Some career highlights of comedian Steve Allen, who died Monday of an apparent heart attack.

—Created the ``Tonight Show'' and was its first host, 1953-57.

—Recorded 49 albums and wrote pop songs, including ``This Could Be the Start of Something Big.''

—Wrote 53 books, with two more still to be released, and published two books of poetry.

—Starred on Broadway in ``The Pink Elephant,'' 1953.

—Starred as Benny Goodman in the 1956 movie ``The Benny Goodman Story.''

—Starred in NBC's ``The Steve Allen Show,'' 1956-60.

—Composer and lyricist of the stage musical ``Sophie,'' about Sophie Tucker, 1963.

—Was host of the CBS game show ``I've Got a Secret,'' 1965-67.

—Created the PBS series ``Meeting of the Minds,'' 1977-81.

—Appeared on ``The Big Show'' and ``The Steve Allen Comedy Hour'' on NBC in the 1980s.

—Critic of increased sexual content on television, accusing tabloid talk shows of ``taking television to the garbage dump.''

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