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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
Letter from the commander of the Air Force Band thanking Carl Proper for narrating their performance, November 7, 2005. Letter010214
Letter from Rod Kelchner of Mansfield University offering Carl Proper a faculty position, November 3, 1987. Letter010215
Sketch of Mickey Mouse as a new anchor. Drawing010216
Letter from Brian Williams to Carl Proper thanking him for a recording he sent, no date. Letter010217
Bookmark with Carl Proper's obituary, 2006. Bookmark010218
This folder contains the following images related to Carl Proper's work at WETM-TV: 'Coach Carl' on TV Clubhouse, 1956; Carl Proper & Bruce Flaherty, 1966; Carl Proper, 1979; Carl Proper interviewing Swoozie Kurtz and Angie Dickenson, ca. 1970s; (5) Carl Proper's 35th anniversary celebration featuring Rod Denson, Terry Day, Bruce Flaherty & Jeff Stone, 2001; Hurricane Agnes 30th Anniversary special, 2002; Live from LPGA, ca. 2000; Carl Proper on TV, 1984. Photographs 010301
Photograph - Arctic League Board of Directors, ca. 2000. Photograph010302
Photograph - Studying the weather with Carl Proper, class at Carder School, Corning, NY, with Andrew Wright, Tyler Bennett, Sean Steffen & Brandon Dillon, 1993. Photograph010303
(14) Photographs of Carl Proper's Olympic torch relay in Perrinton, NY, 1996. Photographs010304
This folder contains newspaper clippings on the following topics: Carl Proper & his activities (1990s-2000s); history of WETM-TV Channel 18 (1996); Brian Williams (2000); history of TV; Arctic League (1990s).Newspaper Clippings010401
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