Just Another Global Warming Video From 1958

  • Published on July 28th, 2008

Below are the seemingly prophetic words and a short video of Dr. Frank Baxter, or, “Dr. Research,” who was best known for the series of educational films called The Bell Laboratory Science Series. Remember, this happened in 1958:

“Even now, man may be unwittingly changing the world’s climate through the waste products of his civilization. Due to our release through factories and automobiles every year, of more than 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide… our atmosphere seems to be getting warmer.”

According to Wikipedia, the Bell Labs Science Series:

“[C]ombined scientific footage, live actors and animation to convey scientific concepts and history in a lively, entertaining way, and the bald, bespectacled and affable Dr. Baxter served as narrator, lecturer and Master of Ceremonies.”

Okay, so they were teaching this stuff in schools in the late 50’s and early 60’s? Granted, Dr. Research was a professor of English, but it is clear he’s not making the stuff up himself. It seems that “the bald, bespectacled and affable” Dr. Baxter was on to something, huh? See for yourself (Running time: 1 min., 19 sec.). [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/0lgzz-L7GFg&hl=en&fs=1]

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