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Periscope: Balboa Studios (August 1999)

Dr. Samuel N. Coleman was the producer and host of the cable show Periscope.

The following obituary tells of his interesting career, published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, June 16, 2006:

Samuel N. Coleman, Ph.D., beloved husband, father, great grandfather, friend and educator, died on June 12, 2006. Born in Alabama on November 25, 1922, he lived in Southern Californian for 50 years. He was the first African-American to teach high school in the Long Beach Unified School District. He taught at Lakewood High School from 1960-1968 where he was voted Teacher of the Year. He created the first Minority Group Relations class at Long Beach Community College. His tenure at LBCC was from 1968 to his retirement in 1993. But because he loved his students and teaching, he continued part-time until June of 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Sexuality which he also taught at Cerritos Junior College and California State University, Long Beach. Sam was also a charter producer and host of the cable show Periscope where he interviewed guests as diverse as Hindu gurus, Laker Girls (his favorite interview, by the way), and transgenderists. A dedicated Christian, he also created The New Song Gospel radio program and was an Elder at the Long Beach Seventh-Day Adventist Church. His ever curious mind, quick wit, great love and deep faith were constant tributes to Sam’s goodness and unifying force that enhanced the dignity of all those whose lives he touched.