Every field of professional study has its giants; those who by virtue of their vision, creativity, tirelessness and dedication create meaning where none may have previously existed. The fields of psychology and psychotherapy certianly have their share of luminaries, each of whom has strengthened our foundation of human understanding-Freud, Jung, Skinner, Rogers, Bandura, Yalom, Seligman, White, Minuchin-the list is long, and growing!
When you think of popular culture, who comes to mind-a particular performer, actor, sports star, director? We, the consumers of all things popular tend to focus on the products rather than the producers. But in the case of Ray Browne, I am referring to a man who (with the help of Russel Nye) built and legitimized an entire scholarly discipline-Popular Culture Studies; created a professional association-The Popular Culture Association and established a flagship scholarly journal-The journal of Popular Culture.
Traditionally, testimonials are offered by those who best knew the decesased. I only met Dr. Browne a few times. So, I offer you the opportunity to know him. Please take a moment to visit the Popular Culture Library on the campus of Bowling Green State University, listen in on an interview Dr. Browne gave to Americana, the Journal of American Popular Culture, take a tour of the Popular Culture Association, and read a stirring glimpse into the life and accomplishments of Ray Browne written by the Washington Post.