Campbell, Archibald Bruce
WW I Royal Navy officer, BBC broadcaster 1935-46, noted “Brains Trust” panelist
Type: Autograph Sentiment Signed
Condition: Very good
Description: (1881-1966) British naval officer and radio broadcaster. Paymaster-commander on HMS Otranto, an armed merchant-cruiser in the South Atlantic in WW I, survived its 1918 sinking after it collided with a troopship in fog with the loss of several hundred people. First began broadcasting for the BBC in 1935, presenting the BBC light entertainment program “Cabaret Cruise” 1937–49. He was well known for appearing on the informational radio program “The Brains Trust” from its inception in 1941. He made over 200 appearances on the program until 1946 when he was allegedly dropped for suggesting that scientists, not animals, should be used as test subjects for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. During WW II he also gave many talks to servicemen about the work of the merchant navy. After the war he became a schoolteacher and magazine publisher but continued to broadcast for the BBC and Independent Television (ITV). He also wrote several books of biography, children’s fiction and naval history.
3 1/2 x 4 card signed with sentiment, adds “Brains Trust/1942″. With envelope.