gordon l. berry, Grad ’69
What do children learn from watching Captain Kangaroo, Fat Albert or Barney? Thanks to the influence of Dr. Gordon L. Berry, who has served as chief educational consultant to many of television’s prominent daytime programs, children have learned to have “a good sense of self.”
Gordon has spent a lifetime studying how television programming influences children. He was consultant for programs that most American children — and their parents — would name as favorites, including Ghostbusters, Barney and Friends, Liberty Kids, That’s So Raven (starring Marquette alumnus Rondell Sheridan), Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition, Dance Revolution and the Discovery Channel’s educational Hip Hop Harry, which was nominated for a daytime Emmy. He also was educational adviser to Bill Cosby and Lou Scheimer on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, one of the earliest programs to teach pro-social values to children. His work on the anti-drug special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue earned him a certificate of honor from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Gordon combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees with a doctorate in education earned at Marquette. A prolific author and editor, and professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, Gordon points to his formative Marquette experience as “the academic and personal springboards for whatever level of success I might have achieved” and affectionately recalls the outstanding influences of academic adviser Robert Nordberg, as well as Dr. Arthur Moeller and Ed Simmons.