antedating "docudrama"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 5 14:41:58 UTC 2012

OED: 1961

1958 _Chronicle Telegram_  (Elyria, O.) (March 5) 12: DocuDrama Sponsored
By Board  OBERLIN--...DocuDrama is a new approach to school-community
public relations created by playwright Philip C. Lewis, and "We Call to
Mind" is (WCTM) is a concert reading similar to the Caine Mutiny Court

There are further details.  Lewis appears to have coined the term, though
the sense here may not quite be the sense popularized in the 1970s. All
pre-1970 exx. in NewspArch seem to refer to Lewis and his work.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

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