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Perspective: Only The Shadow knows...

Over the past year I've become quite obsessed with old-time radio.

I absolutely love it. The pacing, the acting, the sound effects. The dialogue. All of it is simply superb. I had no idea of the quality of old-time radio shows, from suspense to serious theater.

But then one day, I thought to myself: All of these programs were recorded, produced, and presented before I was born. I couldn't believe that the world had gotten on so well before I joined it?

And it made me think that the world might actually get on pretty well after I'm gone. What a depressing thought!

I’m Tom McBride, and that’s my Perspective.

Tom McBride is co-author of the annual Beloit College Mindset List. He is a specialist in Shakespeare. For 42 years he taught at Beloit, where he won an award for excellence in teaching. He also coordinated the Mackey Distinguished Writers' Program and the First Year Initiatives Program.