THE BRAINS TRUST TV CAST - BOOK PAGE SIGNED 08/1942 CO-SIGNED BY: DONALD McCOLLOUGH, HOWARD THOMAS, BERNARD DARWIN, HOWARD MARSHALL, COMMANDER ARCHIBALD BRUCE "A. B." CAMPBELL, SIR JULIAN S. HUXLEY - HFSID 175091
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THE BRAIN TRUST
Panelists on the popular BBC Radio (and later TV) program sign the flyleaf of their book.
Book Page signed: "Bernard Darwin", "Julian Huxley", "Howard Marshall", "Howard Thomas", "A. B. Campbell", "Donald McCollough" and one unidentified signature, 3¾x6½ flyleaf, affixed along with three portions of book jacket to 13x9½ page. Flyleaf of The Brains Trust Book (Hutchinson's Booklover's Library), n. d. McCullough has added above and below the signatures: "With all good wishes/Yours intellectually/'It never Brains but it Pours!/August 1942". Ink note on mounting page (unknown hand): "32 years-old signatories in flyleaf of book purchased at OXFAM shop CROYDON 8-10-74." The Brains Trust ran on the BBC Home Service during World War II (1941-1945) and later on British television. A rotating panel of intellectuals answered questions submitted by the listening/viewing audience on wide-ranging topics from international politics to religion. Sir JULIAN HUXLEY (1887-1975) was the grandson of scientist and evolution advocate T.H. Huxley and the older brother of author Aldous Huxley (Brave New World). Sir Julian was best known as a biologist and ecologist; he wrote many popular scientific books, including Essays of a Biologist, Essays in Popular Science, The Individual in the Animal Kingdom, Religion Without Revelation and The Stream of Life. He was the first Director-General (1946-1948) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). BERNARD DARWIN (1876-1961), the grandson of evolution theorist Charles Darwin, was golf correspondent of the London Times for 46 years, beginning in 1907. Himself a skilled golfer, he won several amateur tournaments and played in the first Walker Cup match (1922). In his spare time, Darwin practiced law and edited the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. The World War I veteran was an expert on Charles Dickens. HOWARDMARSHALL (1900-1973) was a British sports commentator, specializing in Cricket, who also broadcast reports from the D-Day landings in France (1944) for the BBC. He covered many public events, including the coronations of King George VI (1937) and Queen Elizabeth II (1953). HOWARDTHOMAS (1909-1986) was a successful radio/TV producer for the British Broadcasting Company who later fell out with the BBC and challenged its TV monopoly as a producer for ITV (Independent Television). A. B.CAMPBELL (1881-1966) was a naval historian, whose books included Customs and Traditions of the Royal Navy and Yarns of the Seven Seas. Campbell, known on The Brain Trust for giving quick answers beyond his areas of expertise, aggravated other panelists, especially Huxley. Apparently, this added to the show's appeal. DONALDMcCULLOUGH (1901-1978), as chairman of the popular program, wrote the introduction to this book. McCullough wrote humorous books on a variety of subjects, from contract bridge to highway safety. One-quarter-inch tear at bottom edge of flyleaf. Horizontal and vertical folds on mounting page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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