Edward Howard Griggs (1868 - 1951) hield op 31 dec. 1939 een radiocauserie over Spinoza

De Amerikaanse National Broadcasting Company zond in de 1930-iger jaren een serie uit over Lives Of Great Men. De radiopraatjes van ca 15 minuten elk werden verzorgd door Dr.[Hon.] Edward Howard Griggs. Hij had veel werken op zijn naam staan, waarvan de bekendste werd The New Humanism: Studies in Personal and Social Development [cf. archive.org]. Tussen de vele werken van hem die op internet te vinden zijn [cf.], gaat er geen over Spinoza.

Op 31 dec. 1938 sprak hij over "Baruch Spinoza: Philospher of The Eternal." Hij eindigde met de volgende nieuwjaarsboodschap:

Het radiopraatje werd 5 feb. 2017 op Youtube gebracht door iemand die verder niets over die uitzendingen had kunnen vinden. Ik haal het op de volgende manier naar hier (waarmee de advertentie aan 't begin overgeslagen wordt):

Op deze site is méér info te vinden. Vandaar neem ik een korte obituary over:

Death Takes Dr. Griggs

      Dr. Edward Howard Griggs, 83, author and lecturer who for a number of years gave a series of lectures to Washington high school seniors, died in a Fairfax, Va., hospital Wednesday of a heart attack.     Dr. Griggs said he gave more than 13,000 talks to audiences totaling 8,000,000.

     A native of Owatonna, Minn., he moved to Indiana and received his bachelor of arts degree from Indiana university in 1887 after only two years of study, being the only student in the school's history to complete the four-year course in two years.

     He received his master of art degree from Indiana in 1890 and later was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Maine, Colby college and Ohio university.

       After retiring in 1949 Dr. Griggs moved to Alexandria, Va., from Croton-on-Hudson, N. Y., where he had made his home for 30 years.

     Dr. Griggs came to Massillon annually for a number of years to lecture before members of the senior class who were required to take notes on his lectures and turn in essays.

     He generally gave a series of five lectures and senior students were required to attend at least one of them.  Attendance was necessary in order to graduate.

     Dr. Griggs' last visit here was about 12 years ago when the senior lecture program was discarded.

While little in the way of a formal biography of Edward Howard Griggs currently exists, there's no question that his life left its mark on 20th Century society. One of the early 20th century's most widely heard, widely read, and influential lecturers, critics and philosophers, Edward Griggs' movements, lectures, and appearances were widely reported in newspapers throughout the country, from the turn of the century until his death in 1951.

A prolific author and monologist, Griggs published literally hundreds of monographs on various aspects of the arts, human civilization, philosophy, and contemporary thinking of the era.

During The Golden Age of Radio, then honorary Dr. Griggs broadcast a fascinating series of thirty-five of his lectures on the moral, spiritual, and philosphical maturity of modern civilization dating from the classic Greek philosphers to some of the most influential thinkers and shapers of the early 20th century. Titled Lives of Great Men (1938), the series of 15-minute lectures was one of early American Radio's most influential historical retrospectives of its time.

Dr. Griggs continued to lecture and teach until his retirement in 1949. He passed away two years later.

From the June 7, 1951 edition of the Evening Independent, Massillon Ohio [Cf.]