Seeking Audio or Video Recordings of Marshall McLuhan, as Well as Personal Recollections & Anecdotes

20Jan21

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  1. SEEKING AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDINGS OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN INTERVIEWS AND/OR TALKS THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AND 2. RECOLLECTED ANECDOTES OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN

Author and independent McLuhan scholar Bill Kuhns (see https://tinyurl.com/y4haa8gf) and his collaborators are seeking information from the members the McLuhan community of interest and the general public for two research projects that we are engaged in:

1. We know that there are audio and video recordings of Marshall McLuhan that are out there that were formally or informally taken during some of his lectures, both public and academic, that former students, academics, teachers, artists, business-people and/or members of the general public made themselves or acquired. There are also recordings of formal interviews and possibly some informal ones that we are unaware of. We are interested in receiving information about such materials and, if possible, copies of them, whether in analog or digital form, for the purpose of building a comprehensive listing and archive of all of Marshall McLuhan’s lectures, talks and interviews.

2. We are also currently helping to prepare the script for a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary film about McLuhan’s value for surviving today’s turbulence, so much of it media-provoked. The film is tentatively titled, “Marshall McLuhan’s Roadmap to the 21stCentury.” 

One thread of the film will be short interviews with ex-students and acquaintances who warmly remember specific instances revealing fresh facets of the great man. Or, as he once wrote to Ann Landers, “The anecdote can yield multitudes of diverse insights unsuspected by the narrator of the anecdote.”

Here’s Bill Kuhns’ favorite personal anecdote:

The first time I met Marshall was in his small office at Fordham University, in January of 1968, less than two months after he endured the wide-awake agony of 23-hour open-brain surgery in late November of 1967. He was seated at a desk, writing something with a pencil. The pencil snapped. I offered him a pen. He grinned as if the punchline had already been delivered, then, brushing away the offer, delivered that punchline: “It will change what I’m writing, you know.”  

If you have a warm and treasured recollection of a Marshall episode that you could share with us on camera, we would love to hear from you. Shooting will probably not commence until summer. The interview itself could perhaps be done as unobtrusively as possible, by Zoom or Skype or FaceTime, or, eventually, when the time comes, in person.

Please contact me at kuhns.bill@gmail.com. Include “anecdote” in the header. Or alternatively contact Alex Kuskis at AlexanderKuskis@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Bill Kuhns & Alex Kuskis

The Coach House


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