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"Housewives' Protective League" Collection

Abstract

Title:
"Housewives' Protective League" Collection
Author/Creator:
"Housewives' Protective League"
Collection number:
LAB 2001-1
Size:
26.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1950s and 1960s
Inclusive dates:
1931-1985 and undated
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The "Housewives' Protective League," which aired from 1948 to 1962, was a daily CBS radio feature--produced by such esteemed broadcasters as Allen Gray--which during its run explored a variety of issues from childrearing and health to more irreverent topics. "Housewives" was also the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" of the airwaves, regularly pre-testing all its sponsor's products. The majority of the collection are scripts for daily broadcasts of the radio show "The Housewives' Protective League" and its predecessor "Coffee Break."

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

"Housewives' Protective League" Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4587
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

"The Housewives' Protective League" was a long-lasting daily radio feature which ran over the CBS radio network from 1948 to 1962. American broadcaster Allen Gray (1920- ) was one of the program's regional directors; he was affiliated with the show from 1950 until its demise.

Gray (nee Ernest Bundgaard, a.k.a. Ernie Allen) was born in 1921 in Iowa and, after graduating from Council Bluffs High School, attended the University of Iowa where he majored in speech and radio broadcasting and worked for WSUI, the University's radio station.

Mr. Gray's first professional radio jobs were at KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa and with KORN in Fremont, Nebraska. Mr. Gray enlisted into the service in 1943. He rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant before being honorably discharged in 1946.

Out of the army, Mr. Gray and his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he was employed as DJ, newscaster, announcer and assistant program director for the radio station KFAB. In 1950, Mr. Gray joined CBS radio in New York City.

In 1951, Mr. Gray was "farmed out" to CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis/St. Paul to assume the role of director and lead talent for that region's "Housewives' Protective League" series.

The "Housewives' Protective League" began in California, the creation of Fletcher Wiley, a one-time food broker turned radio broadcaster. Originally just a local program, the "HPL" concept and series soon caught on and satellite programs--around 12 total--featuring different hosts were soon being broadcast out of Chicago, St. Louis, New York and San Francisco, among other cities. In 1947, Wiley sold his idea and interest in the show to CBS Radio. "HPL" was radio's answer to the "Good Housekeeping" Seal of Approval.

For the show, consumer products were tested and evaluated by various "testers" in the community. Satisfactory brands got endorsed and promoted by "HPL" both on air and via on-shelf, grocery store displays. As described by Mr. Gray:

"['HPL' was] a consumer-oriented program which tested the advertised product before airing them [their commercials]. We each had a 'tester's bureau,' mine in Minnesota had 800 members. I never sent out less than 100 samples [of a product] and we demanded an 80% approval from our questionnaire which asked such questions as: Was the product what it claimed to be? Was the price fair?. . . We accepted no alcohol or tobacco advertising dollars, and armed with 80% (or better) approval, we approached grocery groups for (and got) distribution and displays. Our shelf talkers were everywhere. Ninety percent of our advertising dollars were grocery store related. The material we used was from some of the ablest writers in the industry. There were about 10 writers in all who were asked to provided 10 scripts each week, for which they were paid 10 dollars per story. It was dependable income for many seasoned writers."

Though much of the program was about selling, the daily broadcast themselves were not sales pitches. In fact, the program's scripts covered a stunningly wide gamut of subjects from human interest stories to parables to profiles of famous people to tracking down the origins of certain words and phrases to funny stories to information on everything from fashion to gardening to good health and child rearing.

According to Mr. Gray, as late as 1962, the series was still generating over 5 million dollars annually but nevertheless CBS radio (who wanted to move to an all-news format) chose to end the program.

After "HPL" came to an end, Mr. Gray undertook various activities--from having his own radio talk program/call-in show over WCBS to running his own food brokerage business, to running his own advertising agency and for a time running his own art gallery--before returning, full time, to broadcasting.

Gray began his daily, nationally heard "Coffee Break" program in 1964. According to one source, "Break," "could be about anything but couldn't be boring." "Break" was a daily series of five-minute vignettes similar in form to "HPL" (in fact, "Coffee" often reutilized many old "HPL" scripts); it ran for 12 years.

Later in life, Mr. Gray undertook various endeavors including doing freelance work in radio and television and building and running his own radio station, KLKS-FM in Breezy Point, Minnesota. Catering mainly to the over-40 set, KLKS signed on the air in 1984 and is still owned by Mr. Gray.

Now largely retired, Mr. Gray makes his home in Breezy Point.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The "Housewives' Protective League" Collection encompasses the dates 1931-1985 with the bulk from between the 1950s and early 1960s. Material in the collection pertains to both the radio series "Housewives' Protective League" (and its latter-day sister show "Coffee Break") and to various other aspects of Mr. Gray's long broadcasting career. The collection contains scripts, photos, correspondence, promotional materials, clippings and other materials.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Library of American Broadcasting in July of 2000 by Allen Gray.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Cary O'Dell, December 2003

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cary O'Dell, May 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1949-1989 and undated (7 folders)

Letters to and from Mr. Gray and to and from other parties. Includes correspondence with Fairway Foods, New York State Food Merchants, Kirsh Beverages Inc., The Creamette Company, Alaga and Whitefield, Rudd-Melikian, Inc., and Dover Foods, Inc. As well as Colle & McVoy Advertising, Knox Reeves Advertising, Ralph D. Gardner Advertising, Steinway & Sons, and Riedl and Freede, Inc.

And from Mutual Fund Planning Corp., Lutheran Brotherhood Life Insurance, New England Mutual Life Insurance, Minnesota Motor Company, Air Alaska, The Travelers Insurance Company, and Donald James Clark, architect. And letters from WCCO Radio, WOOD (Grand Rapids), Crosley Broadcasting Corp., Bozell & Jacobs, Inc., Nature-Lovers' Paradise, Sperry and Hutchinson Company, Food Enterprises, Inc., Minnesota Food Retailers Association, Douglas MacCrae, and WCBS.

Letters are ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- To AG, 1949-1989, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence -- To AG, 1949-1989; undated series 1box 1folder 2
Correspondence -- To AG, 1949-1989; undated series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence -- From AG, 1950-1990 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence -- From AG, 1950-1990 series 1box 1folder 5
Correspondence -- From AG, 1950-1962 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence -- Other, 1961-1965 series 1box 1folder 7

Series 2: Clippings, 1956-1962; undated (1 folder)

Collection of newspaper clippings (28 total), mainly advertisements, promoting "HPL." Some of the clips/ads also feature photos of Mr. Gray. Arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1956-1962, undated series 2box 1folder 8

Series 3: Photos, 1956; undated (5 folders)

Contains black-and-white photos (32 total), sizes 4" x 5" and 8" x 10", picturing Mr. Gray at various "HPL"-related in-store events (and store displays), doing work on a farm (c. 1956), with an unidentified group of friends, and some casual shots of Mr. Gray "on the town."

Also contains a collection of black-and-white photos (21 total), mostly 8" x 10", simulating nuclear fallout--includes images of houses being destroyed or destroyed, military activities, etc. (These photos were probably used in tandem with the radio series "If War Should Come"; see Series 8: Other Shows)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photos -- General, circa 1956, undated series 3box 1folder 9
Photos -- General, circa 1956, undated series 3box 1folder 10
Photos -- Store Displays, circa 1956, undated series 3box 1folder 11
Photos -- Nuclear Fallout, circa 1956, undated series 3box 1folder 12
Photos -- Nuclear Fallout, circa 1956, undated series 3box 1folder 13

Series 4: Business Records ("HPL"), 1950-1962; undated (4 folders)

This series contains various documents related to the financial and sponsorship end of "Housewives Protective League." Includes: communiqués from AFTRA, "Sponsor's Schedule," 1950; two bound reports/dossiers titled "Allen Gray-HPL Merchandising for Horn & Hardart Coffee," June 21-October 24, 1962; as well as nine pages of lists, typed and handwritten, of names/addresses/phone numbers various individuals related to the program; and a folder labeled "New York Material," which contains 20 items, including correspondence to Mr. Gray from various New York-based advertising, audio copy, a list of "HPL testers" from the NY and New Jersey area, and several photo negatives of various in-store displays presumably from the New York area. Arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Business Records -- General, 1950-1962; undated series 4box 1folder 14
Business Records -- General, 1950-1962, und. series 4box 1folder 15
Business Records -- Addresses, 1950-1962; undated series 4box 1folder 16
Business Records -- "New York Material", 1952-1960; undated series 4box 1folder 17

Series 5: Promotion, circa 1951-1984 and undated (8 folders)

This series has three subseries.

Subseries 5.1: Promo Kits, circa 1951-1959 (5 folders)

Various brochures/booklets--10 items total--which promote the sale of the series "Housewives' Protective League" to stations. Most contain rundowns/descriptions of the series, rates, letters of support from various advertisers and listeners, and various promotional items. There are four kits in this series, two are circa 1951, the others are from 1956 and 1959. Kits are ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Promotion -- Promo Kit, 1951series 5.1box 2folder 1
Promotion -- Promo Kit, 1951series 5.1box 2folder 2
Promotion -- Promo Kit, 1956series 5.1box 2folder 3
Promotion -- Promo Kit, 1956series 5.1box 2folder 4
Promotion -- Promo Kit, 1959series 5.1box 2folder 5

Subseries 5.2: "WCCO Promotional Material", 1956-1964 (1 folder)

Folder which contains multi-colored sales packet titled "WCCO Radio: The Northwest's 50,000-Watt Giant." Folder also contains several one-page written descriptions of various grocery store chains who have worked with "HPL" in the past, including Country Club Foods, Piggly Wiggly, National, and Red & White. Folder also contains a 1964 memo to all on-air personnel from a Val Linder regarding WCCO's 40th anniversary.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Promotion -- "WCOO Promotional Material", 1956-1964series 5.2box 2folder 6

Subseries 5.3: "WCBS Promotional Material", 1959-1962; undated (2 folders)

Correspondence, promo material and other odd items specifically related to WCBS broadcasts and "HPL"-related events held in and around New York City. Thirty-six items total.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Promotion -- "WCBS Promational Materials", 1959-1962; undatedseries 5.3box 2folder 7
Promotion -- "WCBS Promational Materials", 1959-1962, undatedseries 5.3box 2folder 8

Series 6: Radio Fodder, 1955-1959; undated (9 folders)

Faced with the challenge of coming up with (at least) one commentary a day, Mr. Gray and his writers always had an eye out for unique stories, facts, sayings and other items of interest that they could fashion into scripts. This series contains some of their more popular sources of material drawn from newspaper and magazine clippings, newsletters and the daily "Wall Street Journal" feature "Pepper. . .and Salt."

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 1
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 2
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 3
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 4
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 5
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959; undated series 6box 3folder 6
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959; undated series 6box 3folder 7
Radio Fodder -- Newsletters, 1955-1959; undated series 6box 3folder 8
Radio Fodder -- "Pepper. . .and Salt", undated series 6box 3folder 9
Radio Fodder -- "Pepper. . .and Salt", undated series 6box 3folder 10
Radio Fodder -- General, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 11
Radio Fodder -- General, 1955-1959, undated series 6box 3folder 12
Radio Fodder -- General, 1955-1959; undated series 6box 3folder 13
Radio Fodder -- General, 1955-1959; undated series 6box 3folder 14

Series 7: Scripts, 1937-1976 and undated (33.25 linear feet)

This series contains copies of scripts from both the "HPL" and "Coffee Break" series as well as ad copy for various sponsors who advertised on those programs over the years. This series has six subseries.

Subseries 7.1: Writers' Lists, 1951-1952 (1 folder)

Contains four lists, each listing a series of "HPL" script/episode titles and their authors. Authors represented are: Mary Alkus, Marian Clark and "Cromer" (no first name listed). Ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scripts -- Writer's Lists, 1951-1952series 7.1box 3folder 15

Subseries 7.2: Programs ("HPL" and "Coffee Break"), 1937-1972 (27.00 linear feet)

Scripts for "HPL" and "Coffee Break." Scripts for both shows are intermingled as many "HPL" scripts were later recycled for the "Coffee Break" series. All scripts are arranged, loosely, by topic based upon Mr. Gray's original filing system. Many topics overlap (i.e. "Marriage" and "Husbands") and the researcher is encouraged to cross reference all subjects. Furthermore, duplicate scripts exist within this series and each may have been filed under more than one topic.

Within each topic, all scripts are sequenced by date. A full list of all topics/subjects can be found at the end of this finding aid.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scripts -- Accidents-Animals, 1937-1972series 7.2box 4folder 1
Scripts -- Animals (cont.)-Autos, 1937-1972series 7.2box 5folder 1
Scripts -- Autumn-Children, 1937-1972series 7.2box 6folder 1
Scripts -- Children (cont.)-Clothes, 1937-1972series 7.2box 7folder 1
Scripts -- Clothes (cont.)-Dreams, 1937-1972series 7.2box 8folder 1
Scripts -- Driving-Families, 1937-1972series 7.2box 9folder 1
Scripts -- Famous People-Fashion, 1937-1972series 7.2box 10folder 1
Scripts -- Fashion (cont.)-Food, 1937-1972series 7.2box 11folder 1
Scripts -- Food (cont.)-Friday the 13th, 1937-1972series 7.2box 12folder 1
Scripts -- Friends-History, 1937-1972series 7.2box 13folder 1
Scripts -- History (cont.)-Insects, 1937-1972series 7.2box 14folder 1
Scripts -- Insects (cont.)-Life, 1937-1972series 7.2box 15folder 1
Scripts -- Lightening-Marriage, 1937-1972series 7.2box 16folder 1
Scripts -- Marriage (cont.)-Men and Women, 1937-1972series 7.2box 17folder 1
Scripts -- Men and Women (cont.)-Music, 1937-1972series 7.2box 18folder 1
Scripts -- Music (cont.)-One-Minute Tales, 1937-1972series 7.2box 19folder 1
Scripts -- One-Minute Tales (cont.)-Plastic Surgery, 1937-1972series 7.2box 20folder 1
Scripts -- Poetry-Psychology, 1937-1972series 7.2box 21folder 1
Scripts -- Psychology (cont.)-Show Business, 1937-1972series 7.2box 22folder 1
Scripts -- Sight-Summer, 1937-1972series 7.2box 23folder 1
Scripts -- Summer (cont.)-Thanksgiving, 1937-1972series 7.2box 24folder 1
Scripts -- Thanksgiving (cont.)-Vacation, 1937-1972series 7.2box 25folder 1
Scripts -- Valentine's Day-Women, 1937-1972series 7.2box 26folder 1
Scripts -- Women (cont.)-Youth, 1937-1972series 7.2box 27folder 1
Scripts -- Miscellaneous, 1937-1955series 7.2box 28folder 1
Scripts -- Miscellaneous, 1955 (cont.)-1956series 7.2box 29folder 1
Scripts -- Miscellaneous, 1956 (cont.)-1972, undatedseries 7.2box 30folder 1

Subseries 7.3: "Quizzes", 1961; undated (3 folders)

Collection of short tests mainly on issues of psychology and personality which were used on "HPL." Titles include "How Likely is a Nervous Breakdown?"; "How Perfect Is Your Mate?"; "How General is Your Knowledge"; "Can I Hold a Man?"; "Would You Be Happier Living Alone?"; and "Are You Romantically Immature?,"etc. Ordered alphabetically by title of quiz.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scripts -- Quizzes, 1961, undatedseries 7.3box 31folder 1
Scripts -- Quizzes, 1961, undatedseries 7.3box 31folder 2
Scripts -- Quizzes, 1961, undatedseries 7.3box 31folder 3

Subseries 7.4: "Very Old Scripts. . . .", 1931-1938 (2 folders)

This subseries/folder contains various radio scripts and was labeled by Mr. Gray "Very Old Scripts, Fletcher Wiley May Have Used, Hollywood." Sequenced by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scripts -- "Very Old. . .", 1931-1938series 7.4box 31folder 4
Scripts -- "Very Old. . .", 1931-1938series 7.4box 31folder 5

Subseries 7.5: "Rejects", 1945-1962; undated (4 folders)

Various scripts collected and labeled by Mr. Gray as "Rejects." Arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scripts -- "Rejects", 1945-1962, undatedseries 7.5box 31folder 6
Scripts -- "Rejects", 1945-1962, undatedseries 7.5box 31folder 7
Scripts -- "Rejects", 1945-1962, undatedseries 7.5box 31folder 8
Scripts -- "Rejects", 1945-1962, undatedseries 7.5box 31folder 9

Subseries 7.6: Sponsors, 1971-1976 (0.50 linear feet)

Contains pages of on-air copy for various sponsors of Mr. Gray's programs. Each sponsor is one folder unless otherwise noted. Sponsors are: American Home Furnishings (1973); Appleside (cider) (1975); Bachman's (flowers) (1970-1971; undated) (4 folders); Bergstroms (furniture) (1973-1975); Bermel Smaby (real estate) (1974-1976) (2 folders); El Dorado Tires (1975); Fred G. Anderson (paint, etc.) (1975-1976); Heritage of Edina (assisted living residence) (1971-1972); Lighting Concepts (1975-1976) (2 folders); Munsingwear (clothing) (1971-1974) (4 folders) and other.

Along with ad copy, folders may contain correspondence and other materials.

Materials are arranged alphabetically by client and then internally by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scripts -- Sponsors -- American Home Furnishings, 1973series 7.6box 31folder 10
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Appleside (cider), 1975series 7.6box 31folder 11
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bachman's Flowers, 1970-1971, undatedseries 7.6box 31folder 12
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bachman's Flowers, 1970-1971, undatedseries 7.6box 31folder 13
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bachman's Flowers, 1970-1971, undatedseries 7.6box 31folder 14
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bachman's Flowers, 1970-1971, undatedseries 7.6box 31folder 15
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bergstroms (furniture), 1973-1975series 7.6box 31folder 16
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bermel Smaby (real estate), 1974-1976series 7.6box 31folder 17
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Bermel Smaby (real estate), 1974-1976series 7.6box 31folder 18
Scripts -- Sponsors -- El Dorado Tires, 1975series 7.6box 31folder 19
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Fred G. Anderson (paint), 1975-1976series 7.6box 31folder 20
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Heritage of Edina, 1971-1972series 7.6box 31folder 21
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Lighting Concepts, 1975-1976series 7.6box 31folder 22
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Lighting Concepts, 1975-1976series 7.6box 31folder 23
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Munsingwear, 1971-1974series 7.6box 31folder 24
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Munsingwear, 1971-1974series 7.6box 31folder 25
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Munsingwear, 1971-1974series 7.6box 31folder 27
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Munsingwear, 1971-1974series 7.6box 31folder 28
Scripts -- Sponsors -- Other, undatedseries 7.6box 31folder 29

Series 8: Other Programs, 1949-circa 1985 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

Pertains to various programs, produced, created or scripted by Mr. Gray. This series has seven subseries:

Subseries 8.1: "Allen's Apron Club", 1949; undated (7 folders)

This series pertains to a radio series Mr. Gray produced prior to his affiliation with "HPL." This series contains 45 items, including: scripts, fodder for future broadcasts and some correspondence, including letters from listeners. Arranged by date. (Some letters are attached to scripts.)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- General, 1949, undatedseries 8.1box 32folder 1
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, 1949series 8.1box 32folder 2
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, 1949series 8.1box 32folder 3
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, 1949series 8.1box 32folder 4
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, 1949series 8.1box 32folder 5
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, undatedseries 8.1box 32folder 6
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, undatedseries 8.1box 32folder 7
Other Programs -- "Allen's Apron Club" -- Scripts, undatedseries 8.1box 32folder 8

Subseries 8.2: "Atom Show", 1955 (1 folder)

Materials related to WCCO radio show, produced by Mr. Gray in association with the Civil Defense Administration, titled "If War Should Come" Most of the material used in the documentary was taped in Yucca Flats, Nevada, where public exhibitions of atom bomb blasts were being held. This folder contains two copies of the script and 21 photos and negatives though how these were utilized for radio is not known at this time. Arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "Atom Show", 1955series 8.2box 32folder 9

Subseries 8.3: "Coffee Break", 1979-1980; undated (1 folder)

Thirty items related to "Coffee Break,"a post-"HPL"radio script service/series produced by Mr. Gray. This folder contains written series descriptions; sample scripts; promo items (including a multi-page document titled "Meet Allen Gray"used to try to syndicate the program); signed and unsigned contracts/order forms for the show; correspondence; a list of Minnesota broadcasters; notes related to the series; and two blank sheets of "Coffee Break"stationary. All items are sorted by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "Coffee Break", 1979-1980, undatedseries 8.3box 32folder 10
Other Programs -- "Coffee Break", 1979-1980; undateseries 8.3box 32folder 11

Subseries 8.4: "Conservation in Action", 1971-1974 (6 folders)

Pertains to environmentally-concerned radio show produced by Mr. Gray in association with Munsingwear. This series contains scripts, correspondence, press releases, and research material, among other items. Ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "Conservation in Action" -- Scripts, 1971-1974series 8.4box 32folder 12
Other Programs -- "Conservation in Action" -- Scripts, 1971-1974series 8.4box 32folder 13
Other Programs -- "Conservation in Action" -- Scripts, 1971-1974series 8.4box 32folder 14
Other Programs -- "Conservation in Action" -- Scripts, 1971-1974series 8.4box 32folder 15
Other Programs -- "Conservation in Action" -- Other, 1971-1974series 8.4box 32folder 16
Other Programs -- "Conservation in Action" -- Other, 1971-1974series 8.4box 32folder 17

Subseries 8.5: "U.F.O.--Fact or Fiction!!??", 1973 (1 folder)

Materials--32 total items--related to proposed five-minute daily radio series on UFOs. Folder contains promo material as well as reply letters (all addressed to Jack LaSalle of LaSalle Research, Inc.) from various radio stations regarding the program. Items are arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "U.F.O.--Fact or Fiction?", 1973series 8.5box 32folder 18

Subseries 8.6: "Been Taken Lately?", 1975-1978 (7 folders)

This series pertains to a 65-part radio series on consumer fraud based on the book "Been Taken Lately?"co-authored by Joe Cartwright and Jerry Patterson. The series was produced by Mr. Gray and Donald L. Herrick, President of TV Sport Scene, Inc. This series contains: correspondence, contracts, scripts and miscellaneous; they are sorted by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Correspondence, 1975-1978series 8.6box 32folder 19
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Contracts, 1975-1977series 8.6box 32folder 20
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Scripts, 1975-1978series 8.6box 32folder 21
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Scripts, 1975-1978series 8.6box 32folder 22
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Scripts, 1975-1978series 8.6box 32folder 23
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Scripts, 1975-1978series 8.6box 32folder 24
Other Programs -- "Been Taken Lately?" -- Other, 1975-1976, undatedseries 8.6box 32folder 25

Subseries 8.7: "Tax Break", circa 1985 (2 folders)

Scripts (as they are) for an 11-part and a 50-part radio series on US income tax produced by Mr. Gray. There are 63 items in this series; they are ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Programs -- "Tax Break", circa 1985series 8.7box 32folder 26
Other Programs -- "Tax Break", circa 1985series 8.7box 32folder 27

Series 9: Miscellaneous/Other, 1950-1985; undated (7 folders)

Assortment of odds-and-ends including souvenirs, notes, paper programs, and other minutia both professional and personal. Also includes information regarding Mr. Gray's post-"HPL" career activities including the founding of radio station KLKS.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous -- Business, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 28
Miscellaneous -- Business, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 29
Miscellaneous -- Personal, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 30
Miscellaneous -- Personal, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 31
Miscellaneous -- Personal, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 32
Miscellaneous -- Other, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 33
Miscellaneous -- Other, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 34
Miscellaneous -- Allen Gray and Company/KLKS/Other, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 35
Miscellaneous -- Allen Gray and Company/KLKS/Other, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 36
Miscellaneous -- Allen Gray and Company/KLKS/Other, 1950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 37
Miscellaneous -- Allen Gray and Company/KLKS/Other, 950-1985; undated series 9box 32folder 38

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