In October 1953, Franklin & Marshall began to participate in a new educational television series presented through WGAL-TV. The telecast, titled “College of the Air,” featured academics and administrators from five area colleges. The show ran weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Each episode was developed by an appointed program chair. Topics of discussion included literature, drama, politics, history, philosophy, science and book reviews. The series ran with great success through fall 1961.
In the October 1956 episode pictured here, F&M’s guest, Leonard Labaree, Ph.D., chairman of Yale University’s History Department, discusses the legacy of Benjamin Franklin in conjunction with the College’s Founders Day celebration. Seated to the right of Labaree is F&M History Professor Frederic Klein ’23, and to the left is Richard Stonesifer ’46 of F&M’s English Department.
— Christopher Raab, Archives & Special Collections Librarian