Raw footage for Chicago Slices. The first half of the tape is a continuation of the roast for steelworkers union leader Ed Sadlowski. The second half of the tape features interviews with Julie Fischer and other staff at Parkview Pet Shop in Chicago's Lincoln Park.
00:00Copy video clip URL Studs Terkel finishes his speech about Sadlowski.
01:00Copy video clip URL Presentation of gifts to Eddie and his wife Marlene by union members.
11:30Copy video clip URL Marlene opens her gifts and expresses her gratitude.
13:35Copy video clip URL Eddie offers a speech to a crowd who rises to their feet in applause. He speaks about his life of “working for working people” and says that this is the greatest job ever. He speaks in gratitude for all those who have shared the journey with him over the years. He especially notes his gratitude to his family, and his pride that his kids knew who the labor movement heroes were by the age of 10.
29:55Copy video clip URL Eddie finishes his speech to a standing ovation.
31:05Copy video clip URL Interview with Donna Donlap at Parkview Pet Shop starts.
31:20Copy video clip URL Donna begins telling a “good pet story.” She says that “urban pets” include fish but no dogs and cats. She says the shop is known for its annual Halloween party.
32:30Copy video clip URL Videomaker Andrew Jones asks why people buy fish. Donna says “fish are interesting” and it’s nice to have the “serenity of the movement of water.” Jones asks if a fishbowl is a prison, she says “it’s not any more a prison for a fish than an apartment is for a human. It’s an environment.” She then introduces Andrew to the “fish expert” Julie Fischer.
34:04Copy video clip URL Julie says people keep fish for relaxation, others because they represent a certain country they feel close to. She says she’s been raised around fish, and the store belongs to her mom and her aunt. She shows Andrew her first fish. He asks Julie to show him some “nice fish.” Julie shows how you can train fish to eat from your hand, and demonstrates it to Andrew. She jokes that the fish are “pigs” and do not have to be trained.
36:30Copy video clip URL Julie begins talking about a South American Sicklet. She says her favorite fish story is about a woman who gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to her fish. Julie explains they have about 150 fish in the shop. She enjoys being around fish and talking to people who enjoy the same the kinds of things. She talks about some of the fish clubs she is part of, and that people talk about “fish and beer” at these clubs.
39:10Copy video clip URL Julie explains that most of the Lodons are not caught but raised. Andrew asks about some other species. He then asks if you can tell anything about a person by the kind of fish they get. “Oh yeah, some people get macho fish, some get very serene fish.”
41:10Copy video clip URL A man jokes about “feeding Oscars” and pretending to have lost a finger.
43:00Copy video clip URL Footage of Julie feeding flakes to fish, she explains you can overfeed and make the tank dirty.
44:00Copy video clip URL She explain that killyfish are very rare, most of them are extinct. Julie then points to “fighting fish.”
45:30Copy video clip URL Andrew asks if fish are aware of human presence; Julie says they come for food. “Some are smart, some are dumb. Smart fish are sicklets and goldfish are dumb.”
47:06Copy video clip URL A woman asks about fish mating; then a man explains that fish lay eggs and leave them, though some guard them. Andrew asks how fish mate. The man shows different species and how they lay eggs.
48:50Copy video clip URL Footage of gerbils; Andrew asks the salesperson about gerbils and hamsters. He says they make “great pets.” Andrew asks how the man got involved in this particular pet shop. Andrew asks why people buy hamsters. “Because they’re easy; not a lot of trouble or expense, food is nominal … They’re cute little furry things.”
50:52Copy video clip URL He explains that some edible rodents are available in Taiwan and Korea, but “most people in the US don’t eat them.”
51:28Copy video clip URL The man shows a Siberian Dwarf Hamster, then pets it. He explains that they live about three years.
52:00Copy video clip URL Andrew asks how the concept of keeping hamsters began; the man explains that it began with keeping mice to feed snakes, and then importation started about 20 years ago. He shows the standard size of a hamster, and explains that the smaller it is the less intimidating it is for small children.
53:47Copy video clip URL Andrew asks about birds. The man then shows the different species of birds. Andrew asks if they can be trained; salesman explains that some can learn to speak. He explains that birds were first imported wild. Then he shows Andrew a pair of lovebirds. The salesman explains that all birds like privacy, as humans do. The more colorful/rare the bird, the more expensive. “We don’t have rare birds because they’re not in the market, but if people ask we can get them.”
57:08Copy video clip URL The lovebirds hide in the box as Andrew is “spying” on them.
57:46Copy video clip URL Andrew sees the variety of parakeets. Footage of pet food and pet accessories are shown. Andrew asks why dogs and cats are not sold. He explains he doesn’t think its humane to keep them in the store. “A lot of dog stores keep them for four or five months and it’s not the healthiest situation.”
60:11Copy video clip URL Footage shows a hamster in the “sky tower” playing. The salesman explains they may need to be enticed with food. He explains that rodents pack their cheeks with food for later. The salesman explains that hamsters differ from gerbils because gerbils have tails.