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Home Ozzie Nelson ) was American entertainer who originated at starred in the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet radio and television series. He was born Oswald George Nelson on March 20 , 1906 in Jersey City, New Jersey . As a young man, he was the youngest person (at 13) to ever be awarded the Eagle Scout rank. He graduated from Rutgers University and entered law school. While in college, he played in a small band and coached football to earn money. But when faced with the depression, and music changed to a full time career. Ozzie started his entertainment career as a band leader. He formed and led the Ozzie Nelson Band , and had some limited success. He made his own 'big break' in . The New York Daily Mirror ran a poll of its readers to determine their favorite band. He knew that news vendors got credit from the newspaper for unsold copies by returned the front page. Gathering hundreds of discarded newspapers, the band filled out ballots in their favor. They edged out Paul Whitemnan and were pronounced the winners.