Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor was a radio staple through the 1930s and even into the early 1950s. He’s been identified as appearing on radio as early as 1922, and this article from the August 1922 Wireless Age is possibly an account of that February broadcast.

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Perry Van Derzee

From the January 1920 issue of Wireless Age:

Negro Operator in Overseas Service – Perry Van Derzee, Topeka, will sail for overseas service as a wireless operator, according to word received in Topeka by his father.
   Perry Van Derzee is thought to be the only negro wireless operator holding a United States Government radio license. He is a graduate of three wireless schools.

 

Any descendants of Mr. Van Derzee still living in the Topeka, KS, area?