Raw footage for "Once a Star." Continuation of interview with Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, one of the first black players in the NBA and former Harlem Globetrotter.
0:00Copy video clip URL Still in front of Du Sable High School, Clifton talks about his career with some of the guys who were watching the interview. One guy says he was always inspired as a student at Du Sable by the pictures of the athletes who came out of the school.
1:52Copy video clip URL Back in the car. Clifton talks about the All Star Games, and how they were intended to benefit the players’ pensions, but that never happened. Camera shoots some of the houses as they drive along while Clifton chats more casually about the neighborhood. Says that his house that they are driving to is the one he has been living at for more than 35 years with his mother and daughter. Talks about his children.
6:20Copy video clip URL They pull up to his house. Cut to him on the porch with two of his grandchildren. He talks about his neighborhood, where most of his neighbors have also lived for 35-40 years, and are very close. “We’ve always lived here together.” “[When he would come back from the NBA on breaks] everybody was glad to see me, but I never did go out much. I always stayed home, resting. I used to spend a lot of time with my family when I was off.” He says people in the neighborhood treated him like an ordinary person.
10:04Copy video clip URL He says that he is recognized anywhere he goes, and so he never could do anything wrong. “I’ve been every place in the world that you can go… but this country is the only country in the world where… if you can do something you’re recognized here.” “If you want to be somebody, then you can, it just takes a lot of practice. If you want to be good at anything, practicing, that’s the main thing.”
12:56Copy video clip URL A crowd of children begins to assemble on the lawn, waving. Footage of street.
13:37Copy video clip URL Clifton’s mother comes out on the porch and takes compliments about her son. Clifton tells some stories about when he was growing up. More footage of street and the house and the cab. Shot of Clifton driving away in the cab, waving.
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