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NOVEMBER 2001Volume 3 Number 4

From the State Archives

At the recent Staff Development Day, the third State Librarian George Seymour Godard (in the person of State Archivist Mark Jones) told everyone that he was the first State Librarian to broadcast over the radio on station WTIC in 1930. The editors of this newsletter have caught the visiting spirit in an error. According to the first issue of the State Library Echo, Mr. Godard began his broadcasting career by delivering a talk entitled, "The Connecticut State Library - Its Functions and Collections," on February 17, 1925, the inaugural year of WTIC. We wish to note that the spirit's memory may be faulty, for SDD was the first public appearance Godard has made in more than 65 years. In the first issue of the Echo, there is a note about a spectacular astronomical event:

"January 24 [1925] - Total Eclipse of the Sun! The library was closed until 10:00 o'clock to enable us to view this wonderful scene which Dame Nature created for us. A goodly number of us witnessed it from the library roof to which we almost froze as we patiently waited for the moment of darkness. We thawed out, however, and were glad we had reserved seats."

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