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  • [Rostenkowski raw #201]

    [Rostenkowski raw #201]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. The tape begins at a local Chicago courthouse. Midway through, it cuts to the outside of a campaign rally for Dan Rostenkowski. Whole tape is mostly b-roll. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw: Rosty on TV at O'Hare]

    [Rostenkowski raw: Rosty on TV at O'Hare]

    Found footage for use in the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Assorted clips taped off TV news for reporting on Rostenkowski’s decision to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. There are many timecode breaks and blank segments between clips. There is also a lot of [unrelated to this documentary] footage of Mayor Jane Byrne’s husband Jay McMullen, who had recently decided to leave his job at the Chicago Sun-Times. Continue reading

  • [The 90's Election Specials raw: Dick Simpson day 2 #1]

    [The 90's Election Specials raw: Dick Simpson day 2 #1]

    Raw footage for The 90′s election specials. Dick Simpson, the congressional candidate running against Illinois incumbent Dan Rostenkowski, speaks to a group of people at a school in Chicago. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #105]

    [Rostenkowski raw #105]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. This is a continuation of the Whip meeting. Poor audio throughout. Video cuts in and out and goes to black throughout the tape. Most of the tape consists of setup. Audio switches back and forth between channels. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #303]

    [Rostenkowski raw #303]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. The beginning of the tape seems to be a Channel 5 (Chicago’s NBC affiliate) news report about the coming of cable television. At about four and a half minutes, the screen goes to bars & tone. “Rostenkowski” starts at around six minutes. Election day, 1980. Rostenkowski is interviewed in his office. He discusses: public transportation; dealing with the late Mayor Richard J. Daley & President Lyndon B. Johnson, including a funny story of how Daley convinced Johnson to take federal money meant for an “L” line through Rostenkowski’s Northside neighborhood, and reallocate it to a project that put an “L” line through Daley’s Southside neighborhood; and the power that Illinois representatives hold in the U.S. House. Around twenty-one minutes, “Rostenkowski” ends, and is followed by what appears to be a made-for-TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw : Rosty on Today in Chicago show]

    [Rostenkowski raw : Rosty on Today in Chicago show]

    Found footage for use in the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Very staticky footage of Rostenkowski on WMAQ-TV’s “Today in Chicago” show with nearly inaudible audio. Talking about having to overcome resistance on the part of the Reagan administration to push through important social programs. Continue reading

  • [The 90s Election Specials raw: Chicago politics]

    [The 90s Election Specials raw: Chicago politics]

    Footage for The 90′s Election Specials, covering 17th ward elections in Chicago. Interviews with campaign workers for Congressman Charles Hayes and Representative Gus Savage. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #108]

    [Rostenkowski raw #108]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. This tape features an interview with Rostenkowski about his past and about soon-to-be President Ronald Reagan. Continue reading