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Sonny Eliot Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP002542
This collection holds correspondence, newspaper clippings, and website print outs about his time as a prisoner of war. Notably, this collection also contains a digital copy of the journal he kept during his imprisonment at Stalagluft I. Largely, this collection includes scripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs created and taken throughout his long career.

Series Description: Series 1: Scripts, circa 1954-2007; Series 2: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs, 1939-2010; Series 3: Audiovisual materials, 1944-2007

Important Subjects: Detroit (Mich.) Detroit news Detroit Zoo Prisoners of war Weather forecasting World War, 1939-1945 WWJ-TV (Television station : Detroit, Mich.)

Important Names: Eliot, Annette, 1916-2014 Eliot, Sonny, 1920-2012 J.L. Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dates

  • 1939 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1955 - 1980

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

11.25 Linear Feet (10 SB, 1 OS, 1 MB)

Abstract

Sonny Eliot, husband of Annette Gaertner, was a beloved weathercaster in Metro Detroit from the late 1940s to 2010. Eliot worked for Channel 4 (then WWJ-TV), Channel 2, Channel 50, and WWJ AM radio. Eliot also wrote children's books and he hosted a slew of game shows, in addition to hosting "At the Zoo" for the Detroit Zoo for 17 years. During his career, Sonny Eliot was inducted into both the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Moreover, Eliot was the master of ceremonies for the Thanksgiving Day Parade for numerous years. Prior to his career in weathercasting and media, Sonny Eliot (born Marvin Schlossberg) was a B-24 pilot in World War II. During a mission in Germany, Schlossberg was bombed down and held as a POW at Stalagluft I, a prison camp near Barth, for 18 months.

History

Sonny Eliot, husband of Annette Gaertner, was a beloved weathercaster in Metro Detroit from the late 1940s to 2010. Eliot worked for Channel 4 (then WWJ-TV), Channel 2, Channel 50, and WWJ AM radio. Eliot also wrote children's books and he hosted a slew of game shows, in addition to hosting "At the Zoo" for the Detroit Zoo for 17 years. During his career, Sonny Eliot was inducted into both the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Moreover, Eliot was the master of ceremonies for the Thanksgiving Day Parade for numerous years.

Prior to his career in weathercasting and media, Sonny Eliot (born Marvin Schlossberg) was a B-24 pilot in World War II. During a mission in Germany, Schlossberg was bombed down and held as a POW at Stalagluft I, a prison camp near Barth, for 18 months.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into three series- Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-11), and Series 3 (Box 12). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

This collection was donated by Sara Pendleton and Robert Weitz in 2014.

Related Material

Harry W. Flannery Papers, Everett R. Phelps Papers, Tony Spina Collection, Toni Swanger Papers, WDIV Transcripts

Transfers

Box 12 including negatives and slides, three DVDs, five vinyl records, 1 VHS, and 5 CDs of photographs, including Eliot's journal while a prisoner of war, were transferred to the Reuther's audiovisual department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on June 15, 2015.
Title
Guide to the Sonny Eliot Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
Date
2015-06-10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA