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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – You don't need Doc Brown and his flux capacitor to go back in time to Washington University in 1954 only an internet connection.

'You know it's just like, 'Oh my gosh that's Chancellor Elliot and those are our Nobel Prize winners in their labs.`' Says Steve Givens the Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
Steve Givens is one of the men responsible for 'The Second Century' seeing the light of day in modern times.

It was found during research to make a present day picture of Wash U.

'They said, 'Yeah well we've got this one old film down in archives on a shelf but we've never seen it,`' says Givens.  'So I said lets set up a projector and have a look at it.'

What they found was a film that was part of the university's first major fundraising effort.

'I mean this is right after the war and lots of young people were making their way to universities in greater numbers than ever before and this is definitely a story of that time,' says Givens.

The director was a young Charles Guggenheim, who would later win academy awards for his documentary films.

You might remember him best for his movie 'Monument to the Dream.'

'It's definitely 1950's you know, but that's the charm of it,' says Givens.

'An earnest young man?' asks Patrick Clark.

'Very earnest and filled with great philosophical thought about learning and what makes people great,' says Givens.

Questions still relevant in modern times and back in the future 1950's.

Patrick Clark, News 11.

Washington University 1950's Fundraising Film

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