Elkus, Leonore R.
Interview Date
May 9, 1983; June 14, 1983; October 25, 1986
Elkus, Leonore, a volunteer who worked to bring an educational television station, WQED, to Pittsburgh and continued to serve as a programmer for the station until 1974;
[T1S1] father's career in real estate; mother's musical background and career as a concert singer; information on family history; family interest and careers in music; meeting musical greats in her youth; affiliation with Unitarian Church; hardships of the depression;
[T1S2] observations on political climate in New York, policies of Franklin Roosevelt; attendant, Ethical Cultural Society School; brief discussion of Ethical Cultural Society School; attending Sarah Lawrence College; health care in New York; adolescent years; student of sociology and music at Sarah Lawrence; marriage to Jim Hess Elkus and move to Pittsburgh; husband's father, Ambassador to Turkey during Wilson administration; husband's education at Yale; his employment with Blaw-Knox Company; early impressions of Pittsburgh; changes in the city;
[T2S3] birth of children; more recollections of Pittsburgh and cultural events in the city; activities with USO, sale of war bonds, Allegheny General Hospital, and Ethical Cultural Society during WWII; opening of WQED in 1954; history of development of WQED; listing of people responsible for establishment of WQED, recruiter of volunteers for station;
[T2S4] early programming; early executive producer of Public and Community Affairs for station; later involvement with programming; producing "Key to the City" and "Women's World"; description of these programs; programmer for WWSW and WTAE radio; writer of a <i>Treasury of Art Songs</i> with Jean Whitlock; "Famous Men and Women of Pittsburgh", a lecture series developed for Pittsburgh's Bicentennial;
[T3S5] editor of book on lecture series; discussion of documentaries produced for WQED; vice-president, Planned Parenthood of Allegheny County; board member, Pittsburgh Economics Council; board member, National Council of Crime and Delinquency; hobbies; children lives and grandchildren; opinions on Pittsburgh Jewry; changes in Pittsburgh; recipient, Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award in 1971; Who's Who Among American Women; Woman of the Year in Television; looking to the future.
[T3S6] No abstract for this side.
Musicians; Music; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945; Television; Radio; WQED (Television station : Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Station programmer
Occupation (father)
Real estate
Length (hours)
Lehman, Rhea
Joseph, Florence
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 19
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