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Collection Title:CL 141 Carl Proper CollectionCreator:Booth Library
Processed By:Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:October 2013
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Linda Proper in 2013. 
Terms:Amateur theater; Broadcast journalism; Elmira (N.Y.); Television broadcasting

Carl Proper - The son of Charles and Margaret Proper, Carl E. Proper was born in Elmira in 1938.  He began working for Channel 18, WSYE-TV, in 1956 as 'Coach Carl' on the kid's show TV Clubhouse. He eventually switched to news and remained on the air at Channel 18 (later called WETM-TV) for over 35 years as a report, anchor and weather man.  Proper was highly active within the community.  He acted regularly in the Elmira Little Theatre and narrated concerts for various orchestral groups.  He was involved in a number of local charities including the Arctic League, Glove House and the Red Cross.  He died on October 6, 2012. 

Scope:The Carl Proper Collection contains papers, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Carl Proper's television career and charitable works as well as programs, images and clippings relating to the Elmira Little Theatre. 

Shares a box with CL 142 & CL 143. 

Extent:.25 Linear Feet
Date Span:1956-2012
Abstract:This collection contains Carl Proper's personal and professional papers and photographs as well as programs and photographs of Elmira Little Theatre shows. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Booklet - Channel 18 WETM-TV Weather: Fact and Fancy, 1993. Booklet010204
Letter from Brian Williams to Bob Grissom, WETM-TV general manager, regarding his recent interview with Carl Proper, April 19, 1995. Letter010205
Magazine advertisement for WETM-TV weather coverage, 2003.Advertisment010206
Business Card - Carl Proper, news & weather anchor, WETM-TV, ca. 2000s. Business Card010207
Letter from Kate Fleisher to Carl Proper regarding his Community Builder Award with attached photo of the event, November 3, 1995. Letter010208
Letter from the Syracuse Press Club to Carl Proper inviting him to an awards banquet, March 13, 2001. Letter010209
Syracuse Press Club Recognition Awards program & Career Achievement Award for Carl Proper, April 19, 2001. Documents010210
Certificate proclaiming Carl Proper Day in Chemung County by order of Thomas Santulli, county executive, August 17, 2006. Certificate010211
Sheet music and narration notes for the combined Elmira Symphony & Choral Society and Coring Philharmonic Society performance of "The Young People's Guide to the Orchestra" as narrated by Carl Proper, 1994.Sheet Music010212
(2) Programs - Elmira Symphony & Choral Society and Coring Philharmonic Society performance of "The Young People's Guide to the Orchestra" as narrated by Carl Proper at Elmira Free Academy and Corning Glass Center, October 22-23, 1994. Programs010213
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