Raw tape #4 for Vito Marzullo documentary. Footage from the 1978 Democratic Party Dinner in Chicago, a reception for then-President Jimmy Carter. Alderman Vito Marzullo and other attendees talk politics over dinner. Contains a few interesting quotes, which are tough to hear due to background noise.
00:00Copy video clip URL Alderman Vito Marzullo (center, standing) takes his place at a table at the bustling Democratic Party Dinner. The ballroom is lavishly dressed for the event, and servers scurry back and forth through the hubbub while gigantic photos of President Carter and other prominent politicians look over the crowd. Marzullo, wired with a microphone, strikes up a conversation with a woman at his table, but much of their talk is inaudible.
04:23Copy video clip URL The microphone catches a snippet of their conversation, to hear Marzullo speaking about Mayor Richard J. Daley and his largely uncontested tenure in Chicago politics. “I’ll tell you a secret of politics,” he says to the woman. “If you can learn to keep your critics quiet… that’s an accomplishment.” He later talks about his ambition, saying “I wanted to be very successful.” The two also discuss the value of loyalty, which they say young people don’t understand.
07:50Copy video clip URL “Daley used to say about his enemies, ‘Don’t get mad, get even,'” the woman says to Marzullo, who boasts of his political record and the diverse ethnic makeup with the neighborhood.
09:30Copy video clip URL Another politician attending the event approaches Marzullo’s table, saying, “The guy who wrote a book for you wants to write one for me. I go, ‘Forget it.'” His reference is to a book by former University of Illinois-Chicago professor Milton Rakove, which criticized Mayor Daley’s Chicago Machine politics. See raw tapes #20, #21, and #22 for an interview between Rakove and Marzullo. President Carter is announced to the tune of “Hail to the Chief,” but the tape cuts out.
11:20Copy video clip URL When the tape resumes, President Carter has left the podium. Marzullo continues to dine and chat with people at his table while the camera pans the room.
14:19Copy video clip URL Though it’s difficult to hear, Marzullo begins to talk with another attendee about the 1966 race riots. He explains how his ward stayed clear of trouble even though surrounding wards exploded with violence because a group of his ward’s citizens signed a resolution committing themselves to nonviolence. For a clearer version of Marzullo’s description of the race riots, see raw tapes #20, #21, and #22. Marzullo also boasts of his ward’s diversity before the tape ends.