In May 2016, I graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s Degree in Interactive Media. For my Master’s Capstone, I took the opportunity to unearth a forgotten corner of early television history, combined with a piece of my own family history. The short documentary, “Stars of Tomorrow: the Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour,” tells the story of a children’s radio and television program which was watched by more than 700,000 people in its heyday, but is virtually forgotten now — through the eyes of one of its performers: my father.
I created both an 18-minute documentary — shot on HD video, edited on Adobe Premiere — and the website which frames it. The site includes additional information about the show and the company behind it — Horn and Hardart, whose chain of Automats were the precursor to today’s fast food restaurants. This project was truly a labor of love, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to shine a light on this piece of entertainment history.