August 1968: The Whole World Was Watching

In case you’ve missed the hubbub of commemorations this week that marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, we want to add our archival gem. It’s about six minutes.

The video is from the two-and-a-half-hour special broadcast on WTTW / Channel 11 on the tenth anniversary of the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976).  It was produced by Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg and hosted by legendary Chicago journalist John Callaway (1936-2009).

The segment focuses on the 1968 convention protests with a discussion between civil rights and antiwar activist and comedian Dick Gregory, who died August 19, 2017 at age 84, and Frank Sullivan, who was public relations spokesman for the Chicago Police Department and later, Daley’s press secretary.  

The special, DALEY, is a two-and-a-half-hour-long historical document. It features exclusive interviews with his wife, Eleanor “Sis” Daley with five of their seven children; Mayors Bilandic, Byrne, and Washington; plus dozens of other segments with journalists, politicians and ordinary Chicagoans.

If you are interested in Chicago, its political history, and Mayor Richard, J. Daley, watch this entire special. You won’t be disappointed.

To see it all, start with “REEL #1”

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