He was born in Whiteville, NC and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC with a master’s in history. He was a veteran of World War II. He was both a dancer and choreographer with his own dance company and was involved in a variety of theatrical productions, including “Unto These Hills,” “Horn of the West” and other historical outdoor dramas.
He was director of the Bank Street College Publications Group and was managing editor for the Bank Street Readers and Child Development Series. He was educational consultant to CBS for the “Captain Kangaroo Show,” for NBC weekend specials, and for the Peabody award-winning ABC “Afternoon Specials.” For 15 years he was a consultant to all of the ABC children’s TV programs.