While going through her mother's collections, a Virginia woman uncovered a box of old shellac records from the 1920s. Her mother purchased the records at a garage sale a generation ago because they featured the image and name of her father-in-law, Wallace Rogerson of Chicago. Her quest for details about Wallace and the records led her to the PBS program "History Detectives," and their investigation brought them to Battle Creek for the second time in the program’s ninth season.
One of the few online sources of information for these records was written by Jim Middleton, Battle Creek pharmacist, animator, and collector of audio artifacts. So in April, the History Detective Tukufu Zuberi came to Battle Creek with the PBS crew and spent a weekend conducting an interview with "The Animating Apothecary" and scrutinizing his collection.
Was Wallace Rogerson the Jack LaLanne of the 1920's? The mystery will be solved Tuesday, September 6, at 8pm on PBS!