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  • [Elizabeth Brackett lecture]

    [Elizabeth Brackett lecture]

    A talk from Elizabeth Brackett detailing her career trajectory so far, and her research for her book on Rod Blagojevich. Continue reading

  • Studs Terkel at Facets, 3/19/06

    Studs Terkel at Facets, 3/19/06

    Film critic Michael Wilmington interviews Studs Terkel at Facets Cinematheque in Chicago as part of a screening of John Ford’s 1940 “Grapes of Wrath,” an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s book of the same name. Continue reading

  • Mexican Art Gallery

    Mexican Art Gallery

    This video shows a Mexican art gallery in Los Angeles which exhibits the works of a family of folk artists who live in Mexico City. Later in the video is also a brief interview with an immigrant who was a winner of the green card lottery, who speaks mostly about her time in this country as an immigrant. Continue reading

  • [The Bill Veeck Show compilation]

    [The Bill Veeck Show compilation]

    This tape features excerpts from a few different episodes of the “Bill Veeck Show.” Continue reading

  • Bill’s Point of View

    Bill’s Point of View

    Bill Veeck does commentary on several topics, including: 1) Coach 2) Ball Clubs For Sale 3) Best Athletes? ; BV background, introduction, montage Continue reading

  • The Bill Veeck Show with Bud Selig and Cleon Waalford

    The Bill Veeck Show with Bud Selig and Cleon Waalford

    This tape features an episode of “The Bill Veeck Show” that aired in the mid-1960s. Host Bill Veeck speaks with guests Bud Selig and Cleon Waalford about the baseball difficulties in city of Milwaukee, specifically about the relocation of the Braves and the creation of the Brewers franchise. Continue reading

  • Say So, episode 6

    Say So, episode 6

    Test for a show on Chicago news and events. Continue reading

  • [Commentary and poem by Bill Veeck #1]

    [Commentary and poem by Bill Veeck #1]

    Raw footage of Bill Veeck doing multiple takes of a commentary and a poem. Veeck seems to determine the general topics and trajectory of his speech and then improvises it on-camera. The first 13 minutes are takes of the commentary, and the last 4 minutes is one read-through of the poem. In the commentary, Veeck talks about the subtle differences in baseball today. He says the players don’t play as well (despite being bigger, faster, stronger, and more educated) because they don’t have the same training players used to get. Veeck values very much the apprenticeships in the minor leagues that used to be so common. They were fundamental, he thinks, because players would learn from their peers–other players who had played the majors for a decade and then moved back down–instead of managers or roving instructors. He says players today make mistakes due to their inexperience. In addition, the game has also suffered due to high player salaries. Veeck says this makes players unwilling to take risks with their “million dollar bodies.” Their attitude has changed: players act like prima donnas instead of just loving the game. The poem is called “Ode to an Agent” or “Advice to an Aging Client.” The poem mocks the aforementioned habit of players who put no heart or energy into the game in the name of business and money. Continue reading