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  • Veeck: A Man For Any Season

    Veeck: A Man For Any Season

    Bill Veeck was a legend in baseball. He was the colorful owner of the Chicago White Sox (twice), the Cleveland Indians, and the old St. Louis Browns. His Chicago baseball roots go back to the 1920s when he actually planted the vines in the outfield at Wrigley Field. This documentary is an intimate portrait of the man and his world, in 1984, the year before his death. The story is told using voice over by Veeck’s wife, Mary Frances, current and archival interviews with Veeck and his colleagues, and footage of Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field. It covers many of his famous promotions, such as when he sent 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to bat for the St. Louis Browns. He was called “The Barnum of Baseball” for his showmanship, but he was also a deep, lovable, down-to-earth “regular guy.” Continue reading

  • Goin’ to Chicago.

    Goin’ to Chicago.

    The story of a group of African-Americans who take a homecoming trip from Chicago to Greenville, MS serves as a vehicle to trace the story of the mass migration of African-Americans from the rural south to Chicago between 1915 and 1960. The migration story focuses on the racism, sharecropping, and unemployment that prompted migration from the south, and tells how African-Americans were able to build new lives in Chicago. It also shows the struggles of living in Chicago, including the racist restrictive-housing covenants, and the overcrowded housing projects; also includes the unemployment problem in Chicago after the closing of the stockyards and steel mills in the latter part of the 20th century. Interviewees include Vernon Jarrett and Koko Taylor. Vintage/newsreel footage includes clips of cotton picking, the Chicago stockyards, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Chicago’s Maxwell Street market, Joe Louis (the boxer), and Harold Washington. Continue reading

  • Daley, Reel 1

    Daley, Reel 1

    A look at the life and career of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, produced for the 10-year anniversary of his death. The show is made up of interviews with Daley’s family, friends, colleagues, and critics, as well as much archival footage. Continue reading

  • [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #62]

    [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #62]

    Raw footage for the documentary “Veeck: A Man For Any Season.” This tape features a few minutes of footage of Bill Veeck’s home garden, followed by an interview with Chicago Mayor Harold Washington about Veeck. Continue reading

  • Rostenkowski


    This 1981 documentary creates a revealing portrait of Dan Rostenkowski, Chicago’s most important Congressman in Washington, at the time when he first became Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. It demonstrates the style and deep-rooted network of politics in Washington and Chicago, the colorful man himself, and his contemporaries. “The Chairman” was at the height of his power when this documentary was produced, a over a decade before Rostenkowski was indicted, convicted and sent to Federal prison. It shows the inner workings of Congress and politics from the point of view of a genuine insider… the phone calls, relationships, and processes that run this country. Continue reading

  • [The 90s Election Specials raw: Harold Washington legacy]

    [The 90s Election Specials raw: Harold Washington legacy]

    Footage for The 90’s Election Specials. This tape includes footage for a The 90’s segment called “President Who?” in which various people say who they would trust to be president. After this, there is footage of a Harold Washington fundraiser from 1987 followed by an interview with Izola White, who hosted this last fundraiser for Washington at her famous soul-food place, Izola’s Restaurant. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0608

    Image Union, episode 0608

    Mayoral Commercials by Lynn Sweet. This tape collects many of the political ads from the 1983 race for mayor of Chicago. The ads are shown in approximately consecutive order. First there are the ads for the Democratic primary race between Jane Byrne, Richard M. Daley, and Harold Washington, followed by ads from the general election between Harold Washington and Bernard Epton. Many of the ads are smears, so it is interesting to see them in close succession responding to each other. Includes ad featuring Studs Terkel for Washington. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0627

    Image Union, episode 0627

    0:00 Slate, count-in. 0:13 Image Union opening. 0:57 WBBM-radio’s Diane Abt interviews Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in his Hyde Park home. The interview starts out discussing race and later moves on to create a portrait of Washington’s daily life. 19:22 “The Nixon Tape” by Elon Soltes. Documentary about people who are obsessed with succeeding in photographing the elusive Richard Nixon. 27:20 Image Union credits. 28:40 End of tape.