Superintendent Carl C. Byers

  • Carl C. Byers

    Carl C. Byers (1911-1969) of Parma, Ohio, was superintendent of the Parma Public Schools from 1942 until his retirement in 1957. He was also a nationally-known philosopher and humorist. In the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote a column for the Brooklyn and Parma News known as "Philosophun." He also had a radio program known as "Carl C. Byers Presents." Some of the transcripts of this program were written under the title "Prescription for Happy Living." Byers frequently expounded the theory that fun and laughter were important contributors to success and longevity. (Courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society)

    At the age of 25, Carl Byers was the youngest school principal in the state of Ohio and one of the youngest in the entire nation.