For 26 years, Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton (left) shepherded kids through the exciting world of books. The show, which fostered a love of reading, was the third longest-running program in PBS history, outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. GPN/Nebraska ETV Network; WNED Buffalo hide caption

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Dean Jose Bowen at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. Courtesy Jose Bowen hide caption

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