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Lila Harvey Youngs
School of General Studies 1960

Did you know that Columbia was the very first school to be on educational TV? In fact, we were the very first program on educational TV! I was a member of Professor Bigelow's class on American Civilization and the year was (approximately) 1957. Our class was on TV weekly for almost a year. It was great fun.

Each week, we discussed a "great" book of Western Civilization. It was Professor Bigelow's task to provoke us (we were 10 students sitting around a very large round table!) into challenging his assumptions. Also, because it was black-and-white TV, we women who had very dark hair had to dye it red so that it wouldn't look like ink on the videotape. The TV station gave us a big party at the end of our stint and we were all sorry it was over.

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