I disagree about Forrest Sawyer. This narrator is very generic, definitely the kind that were a dime
a dozen in academic voice-over. I think the only way you'd find a positive ID would be to see if the
original publisher has any records of the original release product. The narrator might be listed in
the accompanying textbook, for instance, or on original packaging for the records or tapes.
Also, if there were filmstrips originally with this, narrator might be in the credit screens.
This is a longshot, but have you checked if this material is up at Archive.org? If there was a film
element to it, it could be there.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 10:46 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Need help identifying old narrator
> I can't help much except to say that the voice is quite similar to
> Newscaster Forrest Sawyer, who wasn't even a blip on the radar in 1970. But
> possibly it is
> a newscaster that you are looking for. This type of delivery reminds me of
> the sound and pacing of CBS Newsbreaks, particularly on radio. Just a
> Also, it's not Del Sharbutt, who was something of a vocal chameleon and can
> found in all sorts of places where you wouldn't expect him.
> Dave Lewis
> Lebanon, OH
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Dan Scola <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I am trying to identify this man:
>> This is from an English course called "Modern American English," marketed
>> Grolier around 1970. It had a number of narrated articles and stories
>> narrated by him. He was also a narrator on "Grolier Programmed English,"
>> copyrighted by Grolier in 1978.
>> The man was a superb narrator, but apparently he never became well known,
>> I do not think he is a name we might recognize today. He does sound a bit
>> like John Forsythe or a young Lee Bowman, but he is neither. There is
>> already a Wikipedia article saying he is Leslie Daniel, but that is also
>> At this point, I seriously think that to know who he is, you have to know
>> something about the history of narrators from back then, narrators who
>> worked for Grolier, or something of the sort. Others and I have been trying
>> for awhile to match the voice to that of people one might hear on TV, for
>> example, with no success. I've asked in some specialized forums, but not
>> luck either. Grolier was taken over by Scholastic some years ago, but they
>> are not too interested in the past and have been uncooperative.
>> Thank you.