Carl Sandburg, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson and Bishop Sheen
Oh the gems that can be found on Youtube! From 1957, two legends discussing a third. Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest American architects of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Carl Sandburg, poet and Lincoln biographer, talking about Thomas Jefferson!
Carl Sandburg, in his multivolume biography of Lincoln, got closer to the heart of the man than many professionally trained historians, telling the tale of a man’s life requiring the touch of a poet as well as a chronicling of facts. Frank Lloyd Wright developed a style of architecture that causes his buildings to be treasured. In my town of Dwight, the building of the First National Bank of Dwight was designed by Wright, and is a little gem of his style. Go here to read all about it.
It is interesting to hear two men who are now legendary themselves, discussing a third legendary American. In the world beyond one can hope that Jefferson has since taken part in the conversation!
Carl Sandburg, Frank Lloyd Wright and Bishop Sheen all appeared, on separate occasions, on a popular television show of the Fifties: What’s My Line. I loved What’s My Line as a kid. The game show aspect was fun, but I really watched for the wit of the panelists. Entertaining and amusing without profanity, vulgarity, salaciousness, nudity or explosions. How did they ever do it?
Carl Sandburg appears in the video above on What’s My Line and Frank Lloyd Wright appears on the same show in the video below. Note how Carl Sandburg disguised his very distinctive voice. One can only look at these episodes and weep for the decline in the quality of television, and our society, in the past half century.
The Bishop Sheen episode aired October 21, 1956 at the height of Sheen’s fame. Note the high respect for him by the host, the panelists and the audience. How much ground the Church has to regain in our society!