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“16 in Webster Groves” the CBS documentary that looked at life in the STL suburb in the mid-sixties, turns 50-years-old

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“16 in Webster Groves” the CBS documentary that looked at life in the STL suburb in the mid-sixties, turns 50-years-old

Carol Porter, who was featured in the documentary, talks about her experience, and why the people of Webster thought they were portrayed poorly.

Legendary newsman Charles Kuralt narrated the 1966 CBS television documentary “16 in Webster Groves” and followed 16 year-olds in the well-to-do St. Louis suburb. The show portrayed the kids and their parents as privileged elitists, and even bigoted racists at times, but many in the community thought the finished product was unfair, and cut out the other side of many of the interviews chosen for the program.

We talked to Carol Porter, who was 16 in Webster Groves in 1966, and was featured in the movie. The program turns 50 this year, and we want to know how people felt they were portrayed at the time, and if it even still matters after all these years.

Watch the film here

Check out Carol’s website here, where she blogs about her experience

And a special thanks to Dan Corrigan from the Webster-Kirkwood Times for helping us with this interview

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By Josh Gilbert

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