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Ranger Mac

MacNeel_Wakelin-Ranger-Mac-for-web-237x300Wakelin 'Ranger Mac' McNeel
1884-1958
Inducted 2006

"Statistics are dull. Kids prefer down-to-earth realism." – McNeel

The kind-faced gentleman pictured here was an early genius in mass media. Wakelin McNeel, "Ranger Mac,” reached an estimated 700,000 young people in Wisconsin with his Wisconsin Public Radio program, “Afield With Ranger Mac.” The program ran between 1933-54, reaching out to students in one-room school houses and big city schools alike with colorful but knowledge-filled messages about conservation and nature. The mere mention of “Ranger Mac” evokes warm memories among those who looked forward to his program each week.

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