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. Continuation of a rally for Rostenkowski in the field house in Chicago's Pulaski Park (which sits in Rostenkowski's district on Chicago's northwest side). Rostenkowski concludes the rally by saying that Richard M. Daley, candidate for Illinois State's Attorney, "is a good man, and will be a good public official." A polka band plays while Rostenkowski mingles with the crowd following the speech. The camera then follows Rostenkowski to his home across the street from the park.
00:00Copy video clip URL Tapes begins with black screen. This lasts for about thirty seconds.
00:32Copy video clip URL Cut to Daley as he is just finishing his speech. As he is leaving, he slowly makes his way through the crowd, shaking hands with many along the way. Rostenkowski escorts him out and makes his way back up toward the stage.
02:15Copy video clip URL A man in a donkey suit makes his way onto the stage as Rostenkowski prepares to make his final remarks. An unidentified speaker jokes about the donkey and says to the crowd that he will be running against the donkey in the next election. Rostenkowski then steps up to the microphone and pays Daley a few more compliments before saying goodnight. He makes his way through the crowd, shares some kind words with a few individuals, says his goodbyes, and heads back to his home with his family and friends. This is the majority of the tape.
08:20Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski points out to a few of his friends that his name has been spelled incorrectly on one of his campaign signs. They all share a laugh.
10:27Copy video clip URL Literally living right across the street from Pulaski Park, Rostenkowski arrives home, pulls his keys out of his suit jacket, says, “So Long,” and quickly enters his home.
11:04Copy video clip URL Tape ends.