In July 2017, Hugh and John appeared in the pilot episode of “IN GOOD COMPANY” on CTV192. The show features interviews with Connecticut based people who are doing or have done noteworthy things. Ron Dubenski, from Southbury is the host/interviewer. Coincidentally, Ron had worked for Union Carbide at the Bound Brook, New Jersey plant in the polyolefin division. So he was quite familiar with Leo Baekeland and Bakelite.
Clips from All Things Bakelite as well as Bakelite items and printed materials from the Baekeland Family collection are included in the telecast.
The episode of “IN GOOD COMPANY” aired during the second week of July and afterwards was available for viewing on the Internet at the station’s website.
Many thanks to producer of the show, Tess Pellicano, for making the experience a truly pleasurable one. Your crew and interns are wonderful; and your facility in Newtown, CT. is top notch. We wish you every success with the show.
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In the spring of 2016, a remarkable piece of history was brought to our attention by the daughter of a chemist who worked for Leo Baekeland beginning in 1910; and thereafter with the General Bakelite Company and the Bakelite Corporation.
The chemist’s daughter, Nancy Byck Welch located Hugh Karraker, great grandson of Leo Baekeland and Executive Producer of “All Things Bakelite” through a Bakelite jewelry designer and Costume Jewelry Collectors International.