Polly Spiegel Cowan

Polly Spiegel Cowan

Born in 1913 in Kennilworth, Illinois, Pauline Spiegel Cowan became a radio and television producer and a political activist. Her most famous radio show was called “Conversation,” where she brought together notable thinkers to discuss issues of the day. Her best known television show was “Down You Go,” a literary quiz show. In 1963 she went to work as a volunteer for the National Council of Negro Women, and by the time of her death was a member of the council’s Board of Directors. In 1939 she married Louis G. Cowan, who in the 1960s and 1970s worked hard to support WIMS, Height, and the NCNW. They had four children: Paul S. Cowan, L. Geoffrey Cowan, Holly Cowan Shulman, and Liza Cowan. Both Polly and Lou Cowan died in 1976.