1962 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Invest in our youth. They are our future."
Allen Ludden was born in 1917 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Before the end of the year, his father died from the influenza epidemic. His mother later married H. D. Ludden, who adopted her son. Ludden attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1940 Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English and drama. The following year, he earned a master's degree in English. During World War II, he served with the Army in the South Pacific. In 1948, Ludden emceed a radio talk show for teenagers called Mind Your Manners. When the show went on television in 1951, Ludden served as the host. He went on to host many game shows, including the GE College Bowl and Password, between 1961 and 1975. Ludden served as vice president of the Horatio Alger Awards Committee. He was also president of the Florida Central Academy in Sorrento, Florida, a small nonprofit preparatory school with students from 34 states and nine countries.* Deceased