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Author: Eric Niderost Narrator: Nat Segaloff Publisher: BearManor Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781504618342
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Sonnets & Sunspots tells the story of one of the most beloved popular science series of all time and the charismatic educator who became an icon to several generations of students. The book is also a fascinating history of popular science programming in television and film, from its primitive beginnings to the twenty-first century. Along the way there are entertaining behind-the-scenes stories of each production and the personalities that were involved with them. Dr. Frank Baxter, a professor of English literature at the University of Southern California, became a science hero to millions thanks to his alter-ego, “Dr. Research.” Many students even became scientists because of Baxter and the Bell films, some of the most entertaining and informative shows ever made.

As the tale unfolds we meet such people as famed Hollywood director Frank Capra, Walt Disney, legendary voice actor June Foray, Eddie Albert, Richard Carlson, movie mogul Jack Warner, James Burke of Connections fame, Carl Sagan of Cosmos, and a score of others. The book also chronicles the story of public television from its earliest beginnings, including the struggles of such pioneering stations as Houston’s KUHT and San Francisco’s KQED.

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  • “A fine history of the early days of TV and of one man in particular whose celebrity hinged on making us smarter instead of dumber. It’s a fun book, and I’ve had fun showing it to friends who suddenly recognized this guy.”

    Adam-Troy Castro, Hugo Award nominee

  • “A fascinating and sometimes humorous look at the early years of science broadcasting. Essential reading if you want to understand how we got here.”

    James Burke, creator and host of the television documentary series Connections

  • “If art and science means anything to you and you enjoy TV on these subjects, you will want to read Eric Niderost’s exceptional book. This is a nostalgic, edifying, and very enjoyable book. I wish I would have known all this fascinating stuff about Dr. Baxter when I worked with him on Mr. Novak.”

    David Macklin, actor and author

  • “Niderost has documented a vital moment in the history of science outreach. He writes with the same accessibility and sense of fun that made ‘Dr. Research’ Baxter so beloved by so many.”

    Calla Cofield, science writer and producer of the Physics Central podcast

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About the Author

Eric Niderost, born in New York, grew up in California and continues to live there. Even as a youngster he loved history, the movies, and popular science; some of his most cherished memories took place in the seventh and eighth grade, circa 1962, when some of the Bell Science films were shown. After obtaining a master’s degree in history, he began teaching that subject, but writing was also a passion. Since the 1980s Niderost has been a freelance writer and journalist for a score of publications, chiefly popular history magazines. His work has appeared in such varied publications as Military Heritage, Wild West, World War II, and History magazine. He has also written for a number of film and nostalgia magazines, including Starlog, and has interviewed such celebrities as Vincent Price, Janet Leigh, George Takei, and Glenn Close. His publishing record to date includes four books and some three hundred articles.

About the Narrator

Nat Segaloff covered the motion picture business for the Boston Herald, CBS Radio, and Group W. He has also been a studio publicist, college teacher, playwright, and author. In 1996 he formed the multimedia production company Alien Voices® with actors Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie and produced five bestselling, fully dramatized audio plays.