Articles, recipes, photos from 1950s' show on WMCT surface

Articles, recipes, photos from 1950s' show on WMCT surface
(Source: Cecil Godman)
(Source: Cecil Godman)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Loyal WMC Action News 5 viewers, or shall we say WMCT viewers, will remember the name Carolyn Godman.

Carolyn's son, Cecil Godman, stopped by the WMC Action News 5 to share newspaper clippings cherished by his late mother of her time spent in the WMCT studio.

Carolyn Godman was best known for hosting Memphis' oldest cooking program, "The Homemakers' Program." Beginning January 1, 1954, Carolyn shared recipes, household hints, and demonstrations.

In an undated article provided by Carolyn's son, she's described as a woman who "not only has culinary know-how in abundance, but she's willing to spread her knowledgeable news just as far and wide as WMCT's television signals will carry it."

Before hosting "The Homemakers' Program," Carolyn graduated from University of Tennessee with a degree in home economics. She worked for the University's Extension Service where she met her husband, Mr. Godman. According to the article, when they met, Carolyn had to quit her job because the school had a "ruling against the employment of married couples."

Later, when Carolyn was working for a utilities company, she was invited to try her hand at a TV audition. With her husband's encouragement, she auditioned and the role was "hers for the taking."

A few of Carolyn's recipes still exist and can be downloaded here. Thank you, Cecil, for sharing these with us.

Carolyn Godman died on Saturday, January 28, 1998 at the age of 70, but her spirit and legacy remain at WMC Action News 5.

To download some recipes from "The Homemakers' Program," click here.

To see photos of Carolyn Godman from "The Homemakers' Program," click here.

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