Pickett, Calder M. (1921-2013)
- Existence: 1921 - 2013
Born July 26, 1921, Calder M. Pickett was a Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Kansas, where he served from 1951 to 1988. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University (1944), his Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University (1948), and his Doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota (1959). His honors include the Mott-KTA award for best journalism research (1969), Peabody Award for The American Past (1973), HOPE teaching award (1976), and Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award (1987). He is perhaps best known as the host of The American Past, a program on Kansas Public Radio. In content, The American Past combined songs, movie dialogue and narration to explore notable historical events, personalities and culture. Pickett produced more than 1,500 hour-long episodes whose topics ranged from popular film stars to the Great Depression. After 32 years on the air, his last show was broadcast on December 25th, 2005.