Paul  Kengor
Editor’s Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is a fascinating look back at some major movements and ideas of the past 100 years, from progressivism, Marxism, and conservatism, to free markets, Christian education, and America’s Christian history. Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center, interviews Dr. Charles Hull Wolfe, who, at 90 years old, reminisces on some old ideas, better left behind, and some eternal ones, well worth keeping. It is our privilege at The Center for Vision & Values to mine these nuggets from history in order to educate about the forgotten details of the past and the timeless ideals of the future.

Dr. Paul Kengor: Dr. Charles Hull Wolfe, welcome to V&V Q&A.

Dr. Charles Hull Wolfe: The Center for Vision & Values! It’s a great idea! Kengor: Dr. Wolfe, you’ve led a fascinating life. From a remarkable career in advertising to your work in free-market education and Christian education. But let’s start from the beginning, which, in your case, is quite interesting: When were you born, and who were your parents?

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Wolfe: I was born in New York City on June 5th, 1919—from a liberal, college-professor Dad and a conservative get-things-done Mom.

Kengor: Your mother was not political. You called her an “old-fashioned working girl, a non-philosophical American free-enterpriser.” That’s not the case with your father. Your father, Dr. Ernest J. Wolfe, studied and taught with Ruth Bryan Owen, who was the daughter of the great William Jennings Bryan, the liberal Democrat of her day, and was ensconced at the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida. But your father ended up moving quite far to the left, politically. He became a Marxist, right?

Wolfe: Yes, became a Marxist as an all-out personal conviction, but that was not something he advocated on the job. Dad never especially publicized his Marxism.

Kengor: Your father ended up at Columbia University? Was this in the 1930s? What department?