1942 Breakfast Club Family Album
note: The Family Albums Don McNeill produced for a number of years
were one of the factors in the success of the "Breakfast Club". They
facilitated the bonding between the show and its audience. And they reinforced
the element of "family" that the show projected. The 1942 yearbook,
distributed during some of the darkest days of World War II, is especially interesting
to read in these times of a much different war (or perhaps wars). Copious thanks
to Steve Bluestein who provided me this document. (And don't forget to listen
to the Breakfast Club broadcast of
December 8th, 1941).
The title photograph (featuring program host Don McNeill) for the 1942 "Breakfast
Club Family Album"
can access the following pages including the original text and photographs:
Toastmaster". A brief biographical sketch of "Breakfast Club"
host Don McNeill (from Galena to Sheboygan to Marquette University---eventually
to NBC's Merchandise Mart studios in Chicago).
Club alumni. They came and they went. And some of them came back. The curator
can pretty much guarantee that you'll remember some of them.
Years of Breakfast Club History (1933-1942). It culminated with Don receiving
and honorary doctorate from Saint Bonaventure College in 1942 (how many honorary
degrees has Howard Stern received?). And the Breakfast Club still had another
fifteen years to go!
McNeill family. Don, his wife Kay and their three sons Tom, Don and Bob, photographed
in the living room of their newly-built home in Winnetka in suburban Chicago.
groups---including the Four Vagabonds, the Escorts and Betty, the Romeos and
forget to check out the 1953 "Breakfast Club" year book
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