In 1934, prior to penning How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
wrote Little Known Facts About Famous People. The book featured short bios of a wide
range of well-known personalities of the era, including: Albert Einstein; Edgar Allan Poe; Orville Wright; Walt Disney; Alexander
Dumas; Lenin; Zane Gray; Mrs. Abraham Lincoln; Mozart; and Thomas A. Edison. You can see what I mean by a "wide range."
This rare radio show from late 1934 or early 1935 used that same concept. The five minute program (3:34 here, minus
the commercial for the sponsor) was presented by The American Radiator Company, and was sent to radio stations around the
country on RCA Electrical Transcription Discs played at 78 rpm. The Penner show was #16 in a series.
Although the information
presented by Mr. Carnegie doesn't break any new biographical ground (he seems at times to be reading the November 10,
1934 Saturday Evening Post article featured elsewhere on this site), he shares a few
fun facts, and offers further evidence to Penner's popularity in the mid 1930s.
Click the link below to hear Dale
Carnegie sharing "Little Known Facts" about Joe Penner!