16 in Webster Groves 50 Years Later

Professor Don Corrigan, Carol Porter and friend ST. LOUIS (MAR. 1, 2016) – School of Communications Professor Don Corrigan’s article, “Sixteen in Webster Groves,” recalls the controversial 1966 CBS television documentary by the same name.

The documentary featured the experiences of sixteen year olds living in Webster Groves and attending Webster Groves High School. Even after 50 years, many of the students featured in the documentary still live in Webster Groves, and Corrigan interviewed them for their reactions to the program when it aired in 1966, and how they viewed it today.

The article, published in the Feb. 19 edition of the Webster-Kirkwood Times, caught the attention of local radio talk show host John Carney. He contacted Corrigan who put Carney in touch with Carol Porter for an on-air interview. That program aired Thursday, Feb 25 on the John Carney Show on KTRS, the Big 550 AM Radio.

Although Porter was not one of the original students interviewed, she was a senior at Webster Groves High School at the time. She recently reran a post on her Mooring Fever blog about the documentary, a documentary that is said to have traumatized the town in February of 1966. Its re-posting marked 50 years since the original airing of "16 in Webster Groves," on February 25, 1966.

Corrigan is editor and co-publisher of the three community newspapers, the Webster-Kirkwood Times, the South County Times, and the West End Word.

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