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Imagine, if you can, a world with no Elmo. No Neighborhood of Make Believe. And no French Chef and “bon appetit!”

Without Paul K. Taff ’41, we could lack all that and more. Taff has spent more than 60 years in the broadcasting industry, dedicating himself to bringing educational programs into American homes. As director of children’s programming at NET (National Educational Television, a forerunner to PBS), he brought a local public television program to national acclaim -- “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” -- and followed it by bringing Julia Child’s first cooking program, “The French Chef,” to television screens nationwide. Taff was also one of the planners and served on the national board of advisors for the creation of “Sesame Street,” a program that debuted in 1969 and is still educating and entertaining children today with Elmo and his colorful, furry friends. Taff is also proud of his role in bringing college-level curriculum to public broadcasting nationwide, providing people of all ages with the opportunity to use their TV as a tool to help advance their education.
“Education is the most important thing,” he says. “I believe that’s what television should be used for.”

The complete article appeared in the winter Fall 2007 issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine.

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