Not Under Oath, SIGNED by John Kieran, 1st Ed, 1st Printing, 1964


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Not Under Oath
Recollections and Reflections
by John Kieran

"To Abe, all best in life to a great friend, John Kieran."

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston
Copyright: 1964

Condition: This book is in good condition. Hardcover, no DJ. Yellow cloth boards have minimal wear. Hinges tight. Binding sturdy. The author has inscribed the book on front endpapers. Text block is crisp and clean.

282 pages, Dimensions: 6" X 8.5"



John Francis Kieran (August 2, 1892 - December 10, 1981) was an American author, journalist, amateur naturalist and radio and television personality. Kieran began his newspaper career in 1915 as a sportswriter for The New York Times. He continued on the sports beat during his entire career, working for a number of New York City newspapers and becoming one of the country's best known sports columnists. During his 1927-1943 tenure as The Times' senior sports columnist, he was profiled in the January 9, 1939 issue of Time magazine, which described him as "short, wiry, grey, bristly and brilliant".

A noted "intellectual", he gained extensive personal popularity with his 10-year stint as a panelist on NBC's most widely heard radio quiz program Information, Please! His seemingly encyclopedic erudition and quick wit, combined with an aura of gentle modesty, endeared him to the listening audience and assured his place on the show. Along with fellow "intellectuals" Franklin P. Adams and host Clifton Fadiman, Kieran entertained and educated radio audiences through the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War.

Within eight months of Information, Please! leaving the air, Kieran entered the new medium of television with TV's first widely syndicated show John Kieran's Kaleidoscope. A 15-minute program produced from February 1949 to April 1952, John Kieran's Kaleidoscope presented its writer and host in his well-acquainted role as the learned and witty guide to the complexities of human knowledge. The 104 episodes touched on any and every subject from the mating habits of insects to the properties of magnetic attraction to the theories surrounding the creation of the solar system. Kieran became a familiar face on 1950s television, guesting on numerous panel and quiz shows, including CBS' 13-week revival of Information, Please! as a 1952 summer replacement show, the only time it would be seen on TV.
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