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As It Was: Carlton Errol Morse Writes for Radio and Television

Born in Louisiana in 1901, Carlton Errol Morse became the oldest of six children.  His family moved often, coming west to San Francisco in 1906.  The same year they relocated to a fruit and dairy farm on Anderson Creek near Talent, Ore.

In Talent, young Carlton Morse attended the old Brick elementary schoolhouse before two years at the Ashland High School.

Moving again in 1917, they settled on a ranch in Sacramento, Calif.  Morse attended the University of California but returned to Sacramento to become a journalist and worked for several newspapers. 

When he presented material he had written to an interviewer from NBC, it led to a script writing job at radio station KGO.  In 1932, he wrote two popular radio serials, “I Love a Mystery” and “One Man’s Family,” winner of the Peabody award for radio excellence.  Later, he brought “One Man’s Family to television, but eventually retired in order to write novels based on “I Love a Mystery.” 

Morse has a star in the Radio section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his Carlton Morse Copyright Script Collection is housed at the Library of Congress.
 

Sources: "Carlton E. Morse." Wikipedia, 2019, Carlton E. Morse - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Carlton_E._Morse; "Carlton E. Morse Collection/ Old Time Radio." OTRCAT, Carlton E Morse Collection | Old Time Radio www.otrcat.com › carlton-morse; "One Man's Family." The Historacle, Talent Historical Society, Apr. 2009, p.6 www.talenthistory.org; Schneider, John F. "Voices Out of the Fog." NBC Pacific Coast Network Bay Area Museum, Bay Area Radio, 2020, The NBC Pacific Coast Network | Bay Area Radio Museum bayarearadio.org › sf-radio-history › nbc

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