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  • [Paper Roses raw: Gus and Gertrude Radon, sing-along, Mrs. Calssalio]

    [Paper Roses raw: Gus and Gertrude Radon, sing-along, Mrs. Calssalio]

    In 1975, the Chicago video collective Videopolis produced a documentary called “It’s a Living.” The tape was loosely based on Studs Terkel’s book, “Working,” which was a collection of interviews with ordinary people talking about their jobs. This hour-long program was shown on Channel 11 (WTTW) in Chicago. After the success of this tape, the videomakers were commissioned to make six half-hour shows that had the same type of mission. “Paper Roses” featured residents of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Clark-Irving Apartments, which provided low-rent housing for senior citizens. This tape features the continuation of an interview with Gus and Gertrude Radon, footage of a group sing-along led by Margaret Falkenberg, and an interview about the difficulty of retirement with Mrs. Cassalio. Continue reading

  • [Paper Roses raw: voting day, volunteers, residents]

    [Paper Roses raw: voting day, volunteers, residents]

    In 1975, the Chicago video collective Videopolis produced a documentary called “It’s a Living.” The tape was loosely based on Studs Terkel’s book, “Working,” which was a collection of interviews with ordinary people talking about their jobs. This hour-long program was shown on Channel 11 (WTTW) in Chicago. After the success of this tape, the videomakers were commissioned to make six half-hour shows that had the same type of mission. “Paper Roses” featured residents of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Clark-Irving Apartments, which provided low-rent housing for senior citizens. This tape features footage of voting day at the apartments, plus interviews with various volunteers and residents. Continue reading