In the early 1960s, an MIT graduate named John Fitch began hosting one of the world’s first science programs on television. Science Reporter, as it was called, was a co-production between MIT, and the then-Cambridge-based public broadcaster, WGBH. From underwater photography, to nutrition in outer space, to an on-site review of a nuclear reactor, Fitch explored a range of topics, and interviewed a variety of MIT scientists. Since that time, WGBH and MIT have remained collaborators and partners in the field of science journalism, and in the effort to support the public’s engagement in science.
As part of the MIT Museum's "Second Fridays" series of free admission events, this evening program, Reel World: MIT, will be a fascinating look at mid-century MIT, where visitors will have the opportunity to hear from John Fitch and the people at MIT who are working diligently to preserve MIT’s history as it exists on film. A 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13, the MIT Museum invites the public to join us as we welcome John Fitch to the museum. He will participate in a program with MIT Museum Curator of Science and Technology Deborah Douglas, and Lawrence Gallagher, director of MIT Video Productions who will screen portions of historic films, and answer your questions about MIT’s history.