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The Destination Freedom Radio Program

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Destination Freedom was produced in house by Chicago's WMAQ
Destination Freedom was produced in house by--and broadcast exclusively over--Chicago's WMAQ


Chcago Defenders masthead

Robert S Abbott founder and editor of The Chicago Defender
Robert S. Abbott founder and editor
of The Chicago Defender


The Chicago Defender's second building for almost 40 years
The Chicago Defender's second
building for almost 40 years


Tools of the Trade - Richard Durham reviews one of his 97 scripts for Destination Freedom, typewriter, editing pencil and stopwatch at hand
Tools of the Trade - Scriptwriter Richard Durham reviews one of his 97 scripts for Destination Freedom, typewriter, editing pencil and stopwatch at hand.


Table-Top -- Destination Freedom cast goes thru a dry run of an upcoming episode
Table-Top -- Destination Freedom cast goes thru a dry run of an upcoming
episode


One of the WMAQ studios from where Destination Freedom was recorded and broadcast
One of the WMAQ studios from where Destination Freedom was recorded and broadcast


The Chicago Urban League has been highly active, ambitious and effective throughout Chicago and the greater midwest since its initial organizational meeting in 1916
The Chicago Urban League has been highly active, ambitious and effective throughout Chicago and the greater midwest since its initial organizational meeting in 1916


In March 1918 the Chicago Urban League moved into it headquarters at the Frederick Douglass Center on South Wabash Avenue
In March 1918 the Chicago Urban League moved into it headquarters at the Frederick Douglass Center on South Wabash Avenue


The revised format of Destination Freedom found the Spirit of Paul Revere returning to remind 1950 America to remember the lessons, writings and orators from world history to remain vigilant in defense of freedom
The revised format of Destination Freedom found the 'Spirit of Paul Revere' returning to remind 1950 America to remember the lessons, writers and orators throughout world history to remain vigilant in the defense of freedom

Background

NBC's midwest key station, WMAQ, Chicago, was one of the more prolific--and successful--programming originators in the NBC Network. Though not quite the equal of NBC's Radio Citys on either coast, WMAQ enjoyed a talent pool every bit the equal of the largest regional key stations in the network. Competing head-to-head with CBS' WBBM, ABC's WENR, and Mutual's W-G-N, WMAQ brought several successful--and popular--local, regional and national programs to Radio throughout the Golden Age:

1927 The Three Doctors
1930 Tony Won’s Scrapbook
1931 Marquette The Little French Girl
1931 University of Chicago Round Table
1932 Kaltenmeyer’s Kindergarten
1934 The Story of Mary Marlin
1937 Don Winslow of the Navy
1941 Author's Playhouse
1942 Fountain of Fun
1944 NBC Universtiy of the Air: We Came This Way
1946 The Dave Garroway Show
1947 Hobby Horse
1948 Destination Freedom
1948 It's Our Turn
1950 Destination Freedom [Paul Revere format]
1950 Uncle Ned’s Squadron
1952 Hello, Sucker
1953 Americana
1954 Case Dismissed
1954 Just For You

While the above list is by no means exhaustive, it gives an indication of the diversity and depth that the station enjoyed throughout its Golden Age of Radio years. Especially noteworthy were the public service programs developed by WMAQ's Department of Education and Public Service. Among the most successful--and collectable--of their public service offerings were WMAQ's long running University of Chicago Round Table, Destination Freedom and Case Dismissed.

Destination Freedom, in particular, merits an historical mention for being one of the few early popular programs devoted--initially--to promoting the history of African-Americans, or as was more commonly referred to during the era, the Negro in American society.

The Chicago Defender is a weekly newspaper which has catered to the black population of Chicago and the greater midwest since the advent of Radio itself. Founded in 1905, by Robert S. Abbott as a four-page, weekly handbill, the newspaper quickly became one of the most influential, successful and popular black-owned, operated and published newspapers of the era.

The Chicago Defender inaugurates Destination Freedom over WMAQ.

Scriptwriter Richard Durham and The Chicago Defender had already partnered with CBS affiliate station WBBM to bring it's award-winning Democracy USA program to the air in 1946. Durham had also contributed to Radio's first, successful Negro-performed serial melodrama, Here Comes Tomorrow (1947), a three-a-week offering of Radio station WJJD, Chicago. In addition, two other moderately successful retrospective drmatizations, New World A'Coming (1945) and Freedom Train (1947) had preceded Destination Freedom by as many as five years.

The unfortunate, albeit starkly realistic, element of this fine early Negro-produced, directed, written and performed programming was that they were invariably aired only over either regional or local networks.

WMAQ and the Chicago Defender launched Destination Freedom on June 27, 1948, airing on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., either before or immediately after church for much of midwest America. The timing was appropriate. Negro churches of the era were one of the few venues for Negroes to safely assemble and address both religious and social issues. Chicago itself, famous for a rich, deep Negro social movement since the turn of the 20th century, was an ideal audience for the series.

Picking up the general theme from 1945's remarkable New World A'Coming series, Destination Freedom narrowed the format to concentrate exclusively to Negro leaders and historical figures. Richard Durham scripted all ninety-seven unique scripts for the original series, several of which were rebroadcast over the course of the following two years.

The Chicago Urban League partners with WMAQ

The first seventeen [or eighteen] broadcasts of Destination Freedom were co-sponsored by The Chicago Defender and Radio station WMAQ. Beginning with Episode No. 19, Echoes of Harlem, the production continued sustained by WMAQ until Episode No. 73. Beginning with Episode No. 74, the Chicago Urban League co-sponsored the series through at least Episode No. 79, Brotherhood Begins at Home, a special presentation honoring Brotherhood Week in Chicago. The production continued, sustained, by WMAQ until August 13, 1950.

Destination Freedom introduces Paul Revere and its 'patriotic format'

Richard Durham's participation with Destination Freedom ended with Episode No. 99, Sing A Song For Children, a tribute to Pruth McFarlin, for a total contribution of ninety-seven unique scripts. The series aired three more rebroadcasts throughout the broadcast range of WMAQ until August 13, 1950. Beginning on October 15, 1950 Destination Freedom dramatically altered its presentations to a version it referred to as its 'patriotic format'.

The new format of Destination Freedom sought to provide a third person retrospective on significant patriotic events and personalities throughout American history and an overarching "interest in human freedom the world over." Narrated by Maurice Copeland portraying Paul Revere, the series' premise has the spirit of Paul Revere returning to 1950s America and making observations and reflections on America's progress during the intervening 132 years since Revere's death in 1818.

The revised format recorded an estimated thirty-nine episodes. As introduced with Episode No. 1, Introduction to the Patriotic Format, 'the Freedom Bell' provided the central metaphor for the revised presentation. The new format employed a weekly colloquy between Paul Revere (Maurice Copeland) and the narrator or central figure, as they framed, reviewed, or dramatized specific developments in both domestic and international freedom between the American Revolution and 1950s America.

Recalling the 'voices' of proponents of human freedom throughout world history, the new series hoped to both reflect on freedom movements throughout history, as well as sounding the Freedom Bell as a cautionary warning to America to never forget or abandon its founding principles. Thomas Jefferson's oft-quoted "the price of freedom is eternal vigilance" frames the remainder of the broadcasts.

Radio's Race Relations Redux

The somewhat disparate nature of the two Destination Freedom formats over it's three-year history are as much a reflection of the era as a practical demonstration of the limitations of the participation of blacks in 1950s American Radio. It's useful to remember that Jackie Robinson had only recently broken major league baseball's 'color-barrier' in 1947. Indeed, in spite of pockets of highly successful participation by blacks throughout the entertainment industry, Radio throughout the 1940s and 1950s remained hostile to blacks.

The experience of Richard Durham is most instructive in this respect. While Durham was credited with the first daytime serial, Here Comes Tomorrow (1947), written, produced and performed by blacks, it appears that the highly talented writer was involved in litigation with NBC over equitable treatment and compensation throughout his career. Indeed, it would appear that elements of that litigation were responsible for the demise of the original format over WMAQ.

WMAQ's exemplary record of producing public service programming throughout the era is indisputable. It would appear that whatever differences Durham had with NBC were more with the network itself than with WMAQ directly. It's also obvious--at least from his 97 scripts for Destination Freedom--that Durham continued to produce thoughtful, balanced observations on Negro History in spite of his artistic or financial differences with NBC.

It's also worth noting that Destination Freedom--in either format--was a fully integrated production. Though written exclusively by Richard Durham throughout its orginal format, many of Chicago's most talented and successful actors participated in the production from its inception--irrespective of skin color or ethnicity. Famed voice talent Hugh Downs announced at least fifteen of the original format episodes and famed character actor Jonathan Hole appeared in at least four of the episodes. Also appearing in numerous episodes were Jim Ameche, Dean Olmquist, Boris Aplon, Everett Clark, Dorothy Van Zant and Carlton Kadell. These examples are by no means exhaustive. They simply serve to underscore that fact that the technical staff and supporting performers for Destination Freedom remained an even mix of blacks and non-blacks throughout the series.

The more important Negro productions out of Chicago served as a springboard for many of Chicago's most talented black actors, directors, writers, and producers of the era. The series also served to underscore the exemplary race relations efforts of The Chicago Defender, The Chicago Urban League, and the United Negro College Fund during the course of its run. The original run of Destination Freedom remains as accurate, instructive, and important today as it was in the post-World War II era.

Even more instructive--and regrettably so--it would appear that even though America has elected its first black President in its history, the problems of race relations and undercurrents working against race relations continue unabated to this day. The medium of Radio that so accurately reflected the American conscience and psyche throughout the Golden Age of Radio has, during the intervening years, become little more than an organ for the religious, political and commercial interests of a comparative handful of corporate broadcasters.

Series Derivatives:

Democracy U.S.A. [WBBM]; Destination Freedom [Patriotic Format]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Retrospective Dramatizations
Network(s): NBC [WMAQ Chicago only].
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): [Original Format]: 48-06-27 01 The Knock-Kneed Man
[Patriotic Format]: 50-10-15 01 Introduction to Patriotic Format
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): [Original Format]: 48-06-27 to
Syndication: Radio station WMAQ, Chicago
Sponsors: The Chicago Defender [First seventeen episodes]; Chicago Urban League [remainder of episodes]; WMAQ's Department of Education and Public Service [All episodes]; United Negro College Fund
Director(s): Homer Heck, Norman Felton, Bob Wambold, John Cowan [Producers]
Homer Heck, Dick Loghran, John Cowan [Directors]
Larry Auerbach [Ass't Director]
Principal Actors: Oscar Brown, Jr., Homer Heck, Arthur McCoo, Arthur Peterson, Donald Gallagher, Fred Pinkard, Janice Kingslow, Jess Pugh, Marvin Pisner, Maurice Copeland, Cliff Norton, Curley Ellison, Fred Pinkard, George Kluge, Hope Summers, Melva Williams, Weslan Tilden, Oscar Brown Jr., William Key, Curt Kupfer, Howard Hall, Jack Lester, Louise Pruitt, Mary McCloud Bethune, Ray Grant, Ernie Andrews, Ken Griffin, Russ Reed, Sherman Marks, Boris Aplon, Dorothy Van Zant, Larry Alexander, William Nicks, Horace Games, Jonathan Hole, Jim Ameche, Muriel Bremner, Cliff Soubier, Duke Watson, Louis Vernon, Maude McElroy, Ted Liss, Les Spears, Jack Moss, Gladys Williams, Everett Clark, Studs Terkel, Harris Gaines, Harvey Hayes, Dorothy Tate, Fred Smith, Sid McCoy, Dean Olmquist, Charles Flynn, Sondra Gair, Norma Ransome, Paul Barnes, Geraldine Kaye, Laurette Fillbrandt, Alma Platt, Wylie Hancock, Stanley Shewel, Rita Ascot, Herman Dinken, Carlton Kadell, Arnold Karzoff, Vern Persons, Reverend Archibald Carey
Recurring Character(s): Paul Revere [Maurice Copeland] (in the Patriotic format, October 1950, forward)
Protagonist(s): Varied for each dramatization
Author(s): Richard Wright, James Weldon Johnson, W. C. Handy, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Walter White
Writer(s) Richard Durham, Ray Derby, William Hodapp, Bob Ecklund, Madeline Peters, Billie McKee, Bob McKee, Christine Squires, Martin Maloney, Charles Flynn
Music Direction: Richard Shores, Emil Soderstrom [Composers]
Joseph Gallicchio [Conductor]
Bobby Christian, Jose Bettencort, Otto Christofek, Claude Shiner, Helen Westbrook, Roy Graham, Mary Sinclair, Helen Morton [Organist], Morris Lifshin, Elwyn Owen [organist]
Cliff Mueller, Dave Squires, Bill Rose [Sound Effects]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Hugh Downs, Charles Mountain, Franklin Ferguson, Dick Noble, Charles Chan, George Stone, Henry Cook, John Holtman, Bill Cristie, Everett Clark
Tony Parrish, Norma Ransome, Maurice Copeland [Narrators]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
[Original Format]: 97 Original format scripts
[Patriotic Format]: 39 scripts
Episodes in Circulation: 83
Total Episodes in Collection: 84
Provenances:

RadioGOLDINdex, The New York Public Library, J. Fred MacDonald, Hickerson Guide, Richard Durham Papers, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Chicago Public Library, radio station WTTW.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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OTRisms:

Contrary to findings of the overwhelming number of 'credentialed experts', otr book hawkers and 'highly respected otr dealers' there were NO airings of Destination Freedom after June 30, 1951 in either the original format or the 'patriotic format' with, as one otr dealer refers to them, 'traditional patriotic figures' (apparently that dealer feels that either blacks are unpatriotic as a race, or don't rise to his standard as 'traditional patriots'). No amount of revisionist history will ever change that. . . period.


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The Destination Freedom Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
48-06-27
1
The Knock-Kneed Man
Y
[Crispus Attucks]

48-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Pietro Alonzo, one of Columbus' pilots.

Announces
Harriet Tubman as next
48-07-04
2
Railway To Freedom
Y
48-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of slave who ran "underground railroad".
48-07-11
3
Dark Explorers
Y
48-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): stories of Negro explorers.
48-07-18
4
The Story of Denmark Vesey
The Denmark Vesey Story
Y
48-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): Denmark Veseay and his fight against slavery.
48-07-25
5
The Making of A Man
Y
[Part one of two part treatment of Frederick Douglass]

48-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Frederick Douglass, Negro leader.
48-08-01
6
The Key To Freedom
Y
[Part two of two part treatment of Frederick Douglass]

48-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
48-08-08
7
The Heart of George Cotton
Y
48-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): first successful heart operation.
48-08-15
8
Truth Goes To Washington
N
48-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Sojourner Truth, pioneer women's-rights spokeswoman.
48-08-22
9
Arctic Autograph
Arctic Biography
Y
48-08-22 Logansport Press
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
48-08-29
10
The Story of 1875
Y
48-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Negro legislator in Mississippi during Reconstruction period.
48-09-05
11
Poet In Pine Mill
The Poet of Pine Mill
Y
48-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
48-09-12
12
The Father of The Blues
Y
[W.C. Handy]

48-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
48-09-19
13
Boy With A Dream
Y
[Dr. J. Earnest Wilkins]

48-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
48-09-26
14
Shakespeare of Harlem
Y
[Langston Hughes]

48-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
48-10-03
15
Citizen Toussaint
Y
[Toussaint L'Ouverture]

48-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who helped win American Revolution.
48-10-10
16
Little David
Y
[Joe Louis]

48-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
48-10-17
17
The Boy Who Was Traded For A Horse
Y
[Dr. George Washington Carver; Chicago Defender discontinues sponsorship]

48-10-17 Logansport Press
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
48-10-24
--
Pre-Empted
--
48-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--"Little Assembly" (WMAQ): Secretary of State George Marshall, United Nations Delegate Warren Austin speak from Paris.
48-10-31
18
The Heart of George Cotton
N
[Either a rebroadcast or rescripting of 48-08-08]

48-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): first successful heart operation.
48-11-07
19
Echoes of Harlem
Y
[Duke Ellington]

48-11-07 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "The Story of Duke Ellington."

Announces
Mary McCloud Bethune as next
48-11-14
20
One Out of Seventeen
Y
[Mary McCloud Bethune]

48-11-14 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
Dr. Mary Bethune, who raised a college from a dump heap.

Announces
Jackie Robinson as next
48-11-21
21
The Rime of The Ancient Dodger
The Rhyme of the Ancient Dodger
Y
[Jackie Robinson]

48-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal - WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Walter White as next
48-11-28
22
Investigator For Democracy
Y
[Walter White]

48-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Walter White, executive secretary, National Assn. For the Advancement of Colored People.

Announces
Dorie Miller as next
48-12-05
23
Autobiography of A Hero
Y
[Dorie Miller]

48-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Albert Merritt as next
48-12-12
24
The Pied Piper vs. Paul Revere
Y
[Albert Merritt]

48-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): the "pied piper" of Martinsville, Ind., fights juvenile delinquency.

Announces
Marian Anderson as next
48-12-19
25
Choir Girl From Philadelphia
Y
[Marian Anderson]

48-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Willard Motley as next
48-12-26
26
Mike Rex
Y
[Willard Motley]

48-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Oscar DePriest as next
49-01-02
27
Maiden Speech
Y
[Oscar DePriest]

49-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
William Hastie as next
49-01-09
28
The Boy Who Beat the Bus
Y
[William H. Hastie]

49-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Hazel Scott as next
49-01-16
29
The Chopin Murder Case
N
[Hazel Scott]

49-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-01-23
30
World's Fastest Human
N
[Jessie Owen]

49-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-01-30
31
Last Letter Home
Y
[332nd Fighter Group]

49-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-02-06
32
Search For History
N
[W.E.B. DuBois]

49-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-02-13
33
Death of Aesop
N
[Aesop]

49-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-02-20
34
Peace Mediator
Y
[Dr. Ralph J. Bunche]

49-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dr. R.J. Bunche's selection as Palestine mediator.

Announces
Paul Williams as next
49-02-27
35
The Houses That Paul Built
Y
[Paul R. Williams]

49-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Canada Lee as next
49-03-06
36
Do Something, Be Somebody!
Do Something! Do Something!
N
[Canada Lee]

49-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-03-13
37
Up From Slavery
Y
[Booker T. Washington]

49-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Booker T. Washington.
49-03-20
38
The Story of 'Black Boy'
Y
[Richard Wright]

49-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Dr. Howard Drew as next
49-03-27
39
Tranfusion
Y
[Dr. Charles R. Drew]

49-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dr. Charles Drew, head of U.S. army and navy blood bank collections.

Announces
Countee Cullen as next
49-04-03
40
Pagan Poet
Y
[Countee Cullen]

49-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Countee Cullen, Negro poet.

Announces
Ida B. Wells as next
49-04-10
41
Woman With A Mission
Y
[Ida B. Wells]

49-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): Life of Ida B. Wells, Negro social worker.

Announces
Paul Dunbar as next
49-04-17
42
Before I Sleep
Y
[Paul Laurence Dunbar]

49-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

Announces
Richard Quinn Allen as next
49-04-24
43
Apostle of Freedom
Y
[Richard Quinn Allen]

49-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): life of Richard Quinn Allen, founder of African Methodist Episcopal church.

Announces
Josh White as next
49-05-01
44
Help the Blind
Y
[Josh White]

49-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom

49-05-01 Democrat And Leader
9:00 O'CLOCK Destination Freedom--WMAQ.

49-05-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
10:00 WMAQ-Destination Freedom

49-05-01 Logansport Press
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces Satchel Paige as next
49-05-08
44
Help the Blind
N
[Josh White]

49-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
story of Josh White, folk singer.

49-05-08 Logansport Press
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

49-05-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
10:00 WMAQ, Destination Freedom

49-05-08 Democrat And Leader
9:00 O'CLOCK, Destination Freedom,
life of Josh White, Negro folksinger--WMAQ.

Announces
Satchel Paige as next
49-05-15
45
The Ballad of Satchel Paige
Y
[Satchel Paige]

49-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Satchel Paige.

Announces
Benjamin Banneker as next
49-05-22
46
The Secretary of Peace
N
[Benjamin Banneker]

49-05-22 Logansport Press
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-05-29
47
The Saga of Melody Jackson
Y
[Henry Armstrong]

49-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Henry Armstrong, triple boxing champion.

Announces
Archibald Carey as next
49-06-05
48
Anatomy of An Ordinance
Y
[Reverend Archibald Carey]

49-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Chicago pastor-alderman.

Announces
Lena Horne as next
49-06-12
49
Negro Cinderella
Y
[Lena Horne]

49-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): life of Lena Horne.

Announces
Roscoe Dunjee as next
49-06-19
50
Ghost Editor
Y
[Roscoe Dunjee]

49-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Negro editor's fight against race prejudice.

Announces
Special Anniversary program as next
49-06-26
51
Harriet's Children
Y
[First Anniversary Special; The Story of the Negro in American History]

49-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom Freedom

Announces
Dorothy Maynor as next
49-07-03
52
Norfolk Miracle
Y
[Dorothy Maynor; Intro cut]

49-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dorothy Maynor.

Announces
Stackalee as next
49-07-10
--
Pre-Empted
--
49-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00
Morning Serenade
49-07-17
53
Tales of Stackalee
The Fable of Stackalee
Y
[Stackalee; The Story of the Negro Paul Bunyan; First of a two part special on Negro folk tales; Intro cut]

49-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): the fable of Stackalee, who sold his soul to the devil.

Announces
The Legend of John Henry as next
49-07-24
54
The John Henry Story
Y
[The John Henry Story; Second of a two part special on Negro folk tales]

49-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "The John Henry Story."

Announces
Louis Armstrong as next
49-07-31
55
The Trumpet Talks
Y
[Louis Armstrong]

49-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): early life of Louis Armstrong.

Announces
Mary Church Terrell as next
49-08-07
56
The Long Road
Y
[Mary Church Terrell]

49-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom

Announces
Henri Christophe as next
49-08-14
57
Black Hamlet, Part I
Y
[Henri Christophe; First Chapter of two parts]

49-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "Henri Christophe."

Announces
Second Chapter of Henri Christophe as next
49-08-21
58
Black Hamlet, Part II
Y
[Henri Christophe; Second Chapter of two parts]

49-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Henri Christophe.

Announces
Segregation-Incorporated as next
49-08-28
59
Segregation, Incorporated
Y
[Segregation-Incorporated; A Special Report on Segregation]

49-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Blanche K Bruce as next
49-09-04
60
The Saga Of Senator Blanche K Bruce
Y
[Senator Blanche K Bruce]

49-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
761st Tank Batallion as next
49-09-11
61
The Tiger Hunt
Y
[The Story of the 761st Negro Tank Batallion]

49-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of 76th tank battalion.

Announces
Gwendolyn Brooks as next
49-09-18
62
Poet In Bronzeville
Y
[Gwendolyn Brooks]

49-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Gwendolyn Brooks, poet.

Announces
First in a Special Series dealing with prejudice as next
49-09-25
63
A Garage in Gainesville
A Garage In Gainsville
Y
[Prejudice Series, Part I]

49-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
how racial discrimination affects white citizenry of small southern city.

Announces
Second in a Special Series dealing with prejudice as next
49-10-02
64
Execution Awaited
N
[Prejudice Series, Part II]

49-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-10-09
65
Father To Son
Y
[Adam Clayton Powell, Sr and Jr]

49-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Albert Ammons as next
49-10-16
66
Of Blood and The Boogie
Y
[Albert Ammons]

49-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): life of pianist Albert Ammons.

Announces
Jane Hunter as next
49-10-23
67
Diary Of A Nurse
N
[Jane Edna Hunter]

49-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Albert Ammons as next
49-10-30
68
Keeper Of the Dream
N
[Capt. Hugh Mulzac]

49-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): Capt. Hugh Mulzac, only Negro captain on high seas.
49-11-06
69
The Man Who Owned Chicago
Y
[Jean Baptiste Point DuSable]

49-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal - 10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): Jean Du Sable, first permanent settler of Chicago.

Announces
Dean Dixon as next
49-11-13
70
Blind Alley Symphony
N
[Dean Dixon]

49-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dean Dixon, conductor of American Youth orchestra.
49-11-20
71
The Tale Of the Tobacco Auctioneer
N
[Reverend Kenneth R. Williams]

49-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
49-11-27
72
The Death Of Aesop
N
[Aesop; Rebroadcast or rescripting of 49-02-13]

49-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "the Story of Aesop."
49-12-04
73
Joe Rainey vs. the Status Quo
N
[Judge Joseph Homer Rainey]

49-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Judge J.H. Rainey of Philadelphia.
49-12-11
--
Pre-Empted
--
49-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00
Hartwick College Choir
49-12-18
--
Pre-Empted
--
49-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00
Glee Club Milton Choir
49-12-25
--
Pre-Empted
--
49-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00
Favorite Families
50-01-01
--
Pre-Empted
--
50-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00
Favorite Families
50-01-08
--
Pre-Empted
--
50-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00
Bach Group Serenade
50-01-15
74
The Birth of A League
Y
[The Story of the Urban League]

50-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Urban league.

Announces
William Henry Huff as next
50-01-22
75
Lawyer of Liberty
Y
[William Henry Huff]

50-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Bill Robinson as next
50-01-29
76
Portrait of Bill Robinson
N
[Bill "Bojangles" Robinson]

50-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
50-02-05
77
Housing: Chicago
N
[Housing in Chicago]

50-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-02-12
78
Recorder of History
Y
[Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Founder of "Negro History Week"]

50-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Special Brotherhood Week Program as next
50-02-19
79
Brotherhood Begins at Home
Brotherhood Week Begins At Home
N
[Celebrating the start of Brotherhood Week]

50-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-02-26
80
The Umfundisi of Ndotsheni
N
[Todd Duncan]

50-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Todd Duncan.
50-03-05
81
Atlanta Thesis
N
[Dr. E.F. Frazier]

50-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dr. E.F. Frazier, sociologist.
50-03-12
82
Premonition of the Panther
Y
[Sugar Ray Robinson]

50-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Sugar Ray Robinson.

Announces
Lonnie Johnson as next
50-03-19
83
The Making Of A Balladier
N
[Lonnie Johnson]

50-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Lonnie Johnson, folk singer.
50-03-26
84
The Liberators Part I
Y
[The Story of Abolitionist Lloyd Garrison; Chapter one of a two-chapter series, "The Liberators"]

50-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom

Announces
Chapter two of The Liberators as next
50-04-02
85
The Liberators Part II
N
[The Story of Abolitionist Wendell Philipps; Chapter two of a two-chapter series, "The Liberators"]

50-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-04-09
86
The Buddy Young Story
Y
[Buddy Young]

50-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-04-16
87
Crime Fighter - The Fifth District Story
Y
[Captain Kinzie Bleuitt]

50-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-04-23
88
Dance Anthropologist
Y
[Katherine Dunham]

50-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Katherine Dunham.
50-04-30
89
The Case of Samuel Johnson
Y
[Judge Jane Bolin]

50-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of nation's only Negro woman judge.
50-05-07
89
The Case of Samuel Johnson
N
[Judge Jane Bolin]

50-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
50-05-14
90
The Sorrow Songs
Y
50-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
50-05-21
91
John Hope, Educator
N
50-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): storyof John Hope, college president.
50-05-28
--
Pre-Empted
--
50-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 K.C. Memorial Service
50-06-04
92
The Grave Digger's Handicap
N
[Jockey Isaac Murphy]

50-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Jockey Isaac Murphy.
50-06-11
93
The Shy Boy
Y
[Thomas "Fats" Waller]

50-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
50-06-18
94
The Case of the Congressman's Train Ride
N
[Atty. R.W. Westbrooks]

50-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Atty. R.W. Westbrooks.
50-06-25
95
The Angel of Federal Street
Y
[Ruth Blue Turnquist]

50-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "The Angel of Federal Street," story of a teacher.
50-07-02
96
Kansas City Phone-Call - The Cole Story
Y
[Nat "King" Cole]

50-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Nat "King" Cole.
50-07-09
97
Mr Jerico Adjusts A Claim
Y
[William Nickerson, Jr.]

50-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of William Nickerson, Jr., founder of large insurance company.
50-07-16
98
Test By Fire
N
[Dr. Charlotte Hawkins]

50-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dr. Charlotte Brown, founder of Palmer Memorial institute.
50-07-23
99
Operation Eyesight
Sing A Song For Children
N
[Pruth McFarlin]

50-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): Pruth McFarlin, tenor, as himself in "
Operation Eyesight."
50-07-30
100
The Knock-Kneed Man
N
[Crispus Attucks; rebroadcast of 48-06-27]

50-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Crispus Attucks, first American to die in battle in Revolutionary war.
50-08-06
101
Peace Mediator
N
[Dr. Ralph J. Bunche; rebroadcast of 49-02-20 ]

50-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Dr. Ralph Bunche.
50-08-13
102
Last Letter Home
N
[332nd Fighter Group; rebroadcast of 49-01-30 ]

50-08-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom

50-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00
To B e Announced





50-10-15
1
Introduction to Patriotic Format
Y
[Destination Freedom returns in a new, exclusively patriotic format, featuring Maurice Copeland as Paul Revere]

50-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): returns to the air with "Magic Words," starring Maurice Copeland as Paul Revere.

Announces the First in a new series
50-10-22
2
Title Unknown
N
50-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Thomas Paine.
50-10-29
3
Shay's Rebellion
N
50-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): story of Daniel Shays' rebellion.
50-11-05
4
Title Unknown
N
50-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): GI in Korea gets lesson in democracy.
50-11-12
5
The Golden Circle
Y
50-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
tale of plot to overthrow Mexican government.
50-11-19
6
Michael Shipkoff
N
50-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-11-26
7
Mackton and Winston Of Company `D'
N
50-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
battlefield lesson in deomocracy.
50-12-03
8
Matthe Lyon
N
50-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-12-10
9
A Strengthened United Nations
Y
50-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
50-12-17
10
Weapons For Peace
N
50-12-17 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
"weapons for Peace."
50-12-24
11
Peace on Earth
N
[Christmas Program]

50-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
Peace on Earth."
50-12-31
12
John, Alma, Johnny and Myra - First New Year in America
Y
[New Years Eve Program]

50-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-01-07
13
The Nathan Hale Story
Y
[Cracked Master]

51-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
story of Nathan Hale.
51-01-14
14
Dwight David Eisenhower
N
51-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-01-21
15
Anna's Story
Y
51-01-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-01-28
16
Title Unknown
N
51-01-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-02-04
17
Freedom of Assembly
N
51-02-04 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
Freedom of Assembly" helps rout crooked politicians.
51-02-11
18
The Jeff Maxwell Story
N
51-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-02-18
19
Due Process of Law - A Forced Confession
Y
51-02-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-02-25
20
Anna Zenger
N
51-02-25 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
Anna Zenger."
51-03-04
21
The Benjamin Drake Story
Y
51-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-03-11
22
The Dick Draper Story - The Right to Quit
Y
51-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-03-18
23
Thomas Wright, American Citizen
Y
51-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-03-25
24
Citizen Whitney
Y
51-03-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-04-01
25
Mike Yankovich, Minnesota Miner
N
51-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
comparing Russian and American elections.
51-04-08
26
Cy and Emma Jones
Y
51-04-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-04-15
27
The Fred Custer Story
Y
51-04-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 10:00 Destination Freedom
51-04-22
28
Reverend Brown's Acre
Y
51-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal
10 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
Reverend Brown's Acre."
51-04-29
29
Korean Frontline
N
51-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal - WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
51-05-06
30
The Test
N
51-05-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 a.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
The Test," story 0f intelligence exam for draft deferment.
51-05-13
31
The Harper College Story
N
51-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:00 Destination Freedom
51-05-19
32
Open For Business
N
[Moves to Saturdays]

51-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): moves from Sunday.
51-05-26
33
Judge Farwell's Story
N
51-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 Destination Freedom
51-06-02
34
Coal Miner To Pharmacist
N
51-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
Coal Miner to Pharmacist," story of American's right to work at job of choice.
51-06-09
35
Russell Thomas, Coal Miner
Y
51-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
how freedom of speech can become a weapon of prejudice.
51-06-16
36
The Avondale Story
N
51-06-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ):
story of personality conflict in labor-management problem.
51-06-23
37
Wanted--A Witness
N
51-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--Destination Freedom (WMAQ): "
Wanted--a Witness."
51-06-30
38
Title Unknown
N
51-06-30 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WMAQ--Destination Freedom
51-07-07
--
--
51-07-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
5:30 P.M. WMAQ--Edgewater Orch.

51-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p. m. — The Black Mark (WMAQ): teen-age dope addiction.

51-07-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WMAQ--The Black Mark

51-07-07 Racine Journal Times
6:30--NBC—Magnificent Montague

51-07-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30 P.M. WMAQ--Magnificent Montague






The Destination Freedom Radio Program Biographies




Hugh Malcolm Downs
(Announcer)

Radio, Television, and Film Annoucer, Show Host, Educator, Author, Activist, and Journalist
(1921--)

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.

Military Service: U.S. Army

Education: Bluffton College; Wayne State University; Columbia University; Hunter College

Radiography:
1945 The Catholic Hour
1947 Story For Tonight
1947 American Novels
1948 Doctors Today
1948 Destination Freedom
1948 Surprise Serenade
1948 Contrasts
1948 University Of Chicago Round Table
1949 Guessin' Guys and Gals
NBC Monitor
1954 Home
Hugh Downs circa 1957
Hugh Downs circa 1957

Hugh Downs as co-host of The Jack Paar Show circa 1959
Hugh Downs as co-host of The Jack Paar Show circa 1959

Hugh Downs interviews Lena Horne and Roy Wilkins on the assassination of Medgar Evers from the Today show June 13 1963
Hugh Downs interviews Lena Horne and Roy Wilkins on the assassination of Medgar Evers from the Today show June 13 1963

Hugh Downs here seen with a killer whale while the host  of the Today show circa 1967
Hugh Downs here seen with a killer whale while the host of the Today show circa 1967

Phi Alpha Tau seal

Hugh Downs, though he'd be loathe to acknowledge it himself, is a living American icon. While most associated in popular American culture with the Today Show, the Tonight Show and games shows, Downs' career to date has spanned every modern communication medium.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Downs began his broadcasting career as a radio announcer in Lima, Ohio (1939). After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, Hugh Downs landed a job as a staff announder with NBC affiliate WMAQ, Chicago.

On February 20, 1944, Hugh Downs married Ruth Shaheen, a Radio journalist with WJJD, Chicago, most notable as the host of WJJD's Celebrity Reporter. At the time they married, Ruth Shaheen was a senior manager of NBC's Transcription Services Department at WMAQ. As of this writing, the couple has been married over 66 years. They have two children: Hugh Raymond and Dierdre Lynn.

While with WMAQ, Downs was heard on The Catholic Hour (1945), Story for Tonight (1947), American Novels (1947), Doctors Today (1948), Destination Freedom (1948), Surprise Serenade (1948), Contrasts (1948) and WMAQ's long-running University of Chicago Roundtable.

Downs moved to NBC Television with 1954's Home show, then as an announcer on Caesar's Hour (1956-57) with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. 1957 found him co-hosting The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. At about the same time Downs launched his long-running game show hosting career with Concentration (1958). During the same period, Hugh Downs was co-hosting the Tonight Show and Concentration, he was making regular appearances on NBC's long-running Monitor program over Radio.

1962 found Downs hosting NBC's daily Today Show for nine more years, quickly becoming one of the nation's most trusted voices. Already a recognized celebrity from the mid-1950s forward, Downs made appearances, as himself, on numerous popular Television programs ranging from Car 54, Where Are You? and The Jack Benny Program to To Tell The Truth, Talent Scouts, The Merv Griffin Show, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, David Frost, and Hollywood Squares.

From the Tonight Show to the Today show and literally everything in between, Hugh Downs left his soft-spoken, thoughtful mark on American listeners and viewers for a total of 60 years over Radio and Television. Downs wrapped up his Television journalism career with twenty-one years of co-anchoring ABC's 20/20 program.

While unquestionably one of the mass communication icons of the Twentieth Century, Radio and Television were by no means Downs' only passions: among others, Gerontology, Space Science, Ecology, the legalization of marijuana, sailing, writing, teaching, lecturing, communications consulting, and other television opportunities.

Hugh Downs is also the author of twelve books:

1960 Yours Truly
1967 A Shoal of Stars: A True-Life Account of Everyman's Dream: Sailing Across the Pacific to Exotic Lands
1970 Rings Around Tomorrow
1973 Potential: The Way to Emotional Maturity
1979 Thirty Dirty Lies About Old Age.
1981 The Best Years: How to Plan for Fulfillment, Security, and Happiness in the Retirement Years
1986 On Camera: My 10,000 Hours on Television
1994 Fifty to Forever
1995 Perspectives
1999 Greater Phoenix: The Desert in Bloom
2001 Pure Gold: A Lifetime of Love and Marriage
2004 Letter to a Great Grandson: A Message of Love, Advice, and Hopes for the Future

"People, in and out of show business, are obsessed with the wealth syndrome. They never feel they have quite enough money, so they grind away, taking little time off for pleasure. When they arrive at whatever magic figure they've determined in their own mind is security, they're either too old to enjoy what they had in mind or they're dead." -- Hugh Downs, 1973




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