Respondent
Wolfson, Marty
Interview Date
November 29, 1990
Abstract
Marty Wolfson, a versatile artist, television celebrity and author, is the recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award for his book <i>Important Events in History</i>; birth year, 1924;
[T1S1] his birth and early life in the Hill District of Pittsburgh; activities at the Irene Kaufmann Settlement (IKS); his work at Emma Kaufmann Camp and in the basket room of IKS; education, McKelvey Elementary School, Herron Hill Junior High, and Fifth Avenue High School; begins developing his artistic talents; visiting concentration camps after the war; his service with the Information and Education Bureau during WWII; discussion of his reaction to the horrors of the Holocaust; religious education; taking art classes at Carnegie Museum; one year at Carnegie Institute of Technology before his draft into the Army in 1942; his training in topography in the Army; assignment to the U. S. Army Band because of his musical ability; his travels to Europe with the band; studying art at the Royal Academy in Paris; political figures he drew while in Europe; drawing Picasso in his studio; taking an art class with Maurice Chevalier; his transfer from the Army band to Information and Education; his work in that department; returns to the United States in 1946; his appearance with Robert St. John, war correspondent, doing sketches in relation to stories at Carnegie Hall; 1951, begins morning television show in Pittsburgh called "Studio Controls" and an additional show called "Tip Top Musical Sketch Pad" in 1953; both were sketching to music shows; the first to teach blind children to draw by following raised dots on paper; his Saturday morning show called the "TV Safety Rangers"; marriage to Irene Glick in the 1950s; their children; children's careers and families; publication of his first book, <i>Mostly About Pittsburgh</i>, then <i>Pittsburgh, We Live Here, We Like It</i>; his publication of two books, <i>Michael O'Connor, First Catholic Bishop of Pittsburgh</i> and <i>History of Felician Sisters of Coraopolis</i>; 1969, he published <i>Pittsburgh, The Story of the City of Champions</i>, which enabled him to open a museum at Three Rivers Stadium; his award-winning book, <i>One Hundred Year History of Oakmont</i>;
[T2S3] his teaching at the School of Display Arts; his school programs of musical sketches and programs of self esteem called "Attitudes Changes Things"; affiliation with Temple David in Monroeville, PA; designer of logos for Temple David and Yeshiva Schools; hobbies; his <i>Great Events in American History</i> won him the Freedom Foundation's Award; discussion of the value of books and the written word;
[T2S4] his writings about other religions; his drawing of Picasso; sketches of Georges Braque, Eleanor Roosevelt, and celebrities in France; portrait paintings of Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, Mayor Caliguiri, Bob Prince and others; his book about Honus Wagner; friendship with Mayor Caliguiri; incorporating Jewish people into his books; cantor, Temple Emmanuel; more discussion of his Freedom Foundation Award in 1969, and his book about Oakmont history; plans for the future; discussion of how each of his books is different; his work in television; recollection of teaching blind children to draw; his love of music, the arts, and bowling; recipient of state award for outstanding literature on Kane Hospital and the professional award from St. Bernard's Church; his involvement with the Rotary Club; names of people he has painted; discusses the idea of writing his autobiography.
[T3S5] No abstract for this side.
[T3S6] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Artists; Arts; Caliguiri, Richard S., 1931-1988; Chevalier, Maurice, 1888-1972; Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962; Television; Radio; Wagner, Honus, 1874-1955; World War, 1939-1945; Author; Creative writing
Birth Date
1924
City
Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA
Profession
Artist; Television celebrity; Author
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Gordon, Debra
Interviewer2
Ariel, Rose Anne
Indexer
Ariel
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 26
Identifier
ais196440.501
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh