Daley, Reel 2

A look at the life and career of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, produced for the 10-year anniversary of his death. The show is made up of interviews with Daley's family, friends, colleagues, and critics, as well as much archival footage.

0:00Copy video clip URL Author Eugene Kennedy talks about Daley (segment continued from Daley I).

0:35Copy video clip URL Callaway introduces segment where he talks with the Daley family.

0:51Copy video clip URL The family introduces themselves one by one: Mary Carol Vanecko, youngest daughter; Eleanor Daley, wife of Richard J. Daley; Richard M. Daley, presently Cook County State’s Attorney; Mike Daley; Pat Daley, oldest daughter; and State Rep. John Daley. Pat Daley says about her father that, “nothing in his life would ever take precedence over” his family. Richard Daley remembers his father always being there to play catch, discuss grades, go to a baseball or football game: “He was always willing to help someone.” Mike Daley talks about his father’s care for the family.

3:51Copy video clip URL Eleanor Daley talks about Daley getting up early for morning exercises (the punching bag). “He’d usually attend mass in the morning.”

4:51Copy video clip URL Daley kids talk about what Daley would do for fun: fish, go to Sox games.

5:16Copy video clip URL Pat Daley says, “the word doesn’t fit, with my father, as disciplinarian… He found it very difficult to refuse us anything.”

7:35Copy video clip URL John Daley talks about getting to attend the Kennedy inauguration and being the first visitors to the White House. Mike talks about being welcomed to Washington DC at anytime.

8:51Copy video clip URL Mary Carol talks about her father being very supportive of boyfriends, and having a lot more mean protection from brothers.

9:51Copy video clip URL Pat Daley: “We never got allowances, we were always expected to work… Our father was a working man, and that’s how we saw ourselves.”

10:31Copy video clip URL Daleys talk about their last memories of their father. Last advice to kids: “Always help one another, and stay close to one another, and be good to one another.” Eleanor talks about the two missing Daleys, Eleanor, who is teaching, and Billy, who is traveling in New York.

12:51Copy video clip URL Callaway introduces long-time Illinois congressman Daniel Rostenkowski and 10th ward councilman Edward Vrdolyak. Vrdolyak talks about shooting free throws and dedicating a gym the morning of his death.

14:21Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski talks about Daley’s shyness and his avoidance of going to DC. Rostenkowski says he had to insist for the sake of Daley’s kids. Rostenkowski talks about losing tickets to Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration. Daley said “get an American flag” and marched the group right through security.

15:51Copy video clip URL Vrdolyak talks about meeting Daley at first: “It was like meeting someone who was supernatural.” Vrdolyak defers a question about a specific disagreement with Daley (Assessor’s race, 1974). Vrdolyak talks about usually being won over by Daley.

17:41Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski says “Daley had more informants than the secret service.”  “He was a humble, generous guy, but tough.” Rostenkowski talks about disagreeing with the mayor, and says that the mayor was reasonable, and only wanted what was best for the city.

19:16Copy video clip URL Vrdolyak describes the myth of Richard J. Daley.

20:16Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski talks about getting a call from Lyndon Johnson about setting up the CTA out to O’Hare. Rostenkowski calls Daley to tell him the good news for the North West side. Daley hangs up, and Johnson calls back saying the money was supposed to go to the (not-yet-existent) Dan Ryan. Daley had re-routed the Transportation money to the South side. When asked about it, Daley responds “Oh no, Dan. He just made a mistake.”

21:46Copy video clip URL Abraham Marovitz talks about his memories of Daley.

22:45Copy video clip URL Patrick O’Malley talks about seeing Daley at a funeral, and his playful nature.

23:31Copy video clip URL James McDonough, former Streets & Sanitation commissioner. McDonough tells a story of meeting Daley to talk about deflecting press. Daley’s advice: ignore questions, just focus on three points.

23:40Copy video clip URL George Dunn, County Board President. Dunn claims that when Rubicoff condemned Daley at the ’68 convention, Daley didn’t swear, but called the Senator “a faker,” based on Rubicoff’s politeness during a recent meeting.

26:08Copy video clip URL “The policeman isn’t there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.” Clips of protesters during convention.

27:01Copy video clip URL Callaway introduces Frank Sullivan, Press Representative for Chicago Police Department, and Dick Gregory, comedian and activist, to talk about the 1968 convent ions. Dick Gregory talks about leading a march the night after the big riots in ’68, leading the crowds to his house on 55th street, and being stopped at 18th by tanks.

30:24Copy video clip URL Callaway questions Sullivan about the position of the police during ’68. Sullivan talks about the ’68 riots eventually resulting in massive nationwide support for the mayor.

32:16Copy video clip URL Dick Gregory says that his real motivation for the march was keeping violence off the streets. Gregory confronts Sullivan about corralling techniques, forcing a confrontation, rather than going after leaders. Sullivan responds by saying that Daley wasn’t really involved in police techniques. Gregory questions Sullivan again, but Sullivan writes off the question, then says that “the movement faded away in a few years and Daley was reelected.” Gregory says, “don’t speak for the black wards, cause we’ve been doing stupid things in Chicago way before that.”

35:46Copy video clip URL Gregory talks about hearing news of Daley’s death, pulling over his car, and saying a prayer by the lake for Daley. Gregory says, “He didn’t have the power that people think he had… The people who wanted to be corrupt was corrupt.” He tells the story of his one personal interaction with Daley, when he was unexpectedly canceled from appearances at a Chicago nightclub.

38:09Copy video clip URL Sullivan suggests that retrospectives talk about the man more than the events of his mayoral reign.

39:31Copy video clip URL Gregory insists on focusing on specific events of Daley’s administration. Callaway tries to cut him off, but Gregory talks about Daley’s power, and how he never really used it for the people.

41:06Copy video clip URL Sullivan talks about a Daley speech when King visited, and points out Daley’s inability to change history completely as his main shortcoming.

42:01Copy video clip URL Daley gives a speech about needing convention for people to come together.

42:56Copy video clip URL John Hoellen, former Republican Alderman, talks about Daley coming too late to stop growth of slums: “he didn’t do anything about it really.”

43:41Copy video clip URL Irv Kupcinet says Daley’s great forte was “his persuasiveness.”

44:21Copy video clip URL Alderman Singer talks about presenting an economic plan as a mayoral candidate in 1974. Daley responds, “Alderman, this is a wonderful city. I don’t see why we should offer any incentive for anyone to be here. They should want to be here.” “I accepted that he meant that.”

46:04Copy video clip URL Leon Despres, former Alderman, says that Daley was overrated as a mayor, though an amazing party leader and very good administrator. “You’d have to give him a ‘zero’ on race issues.”  “He supported segregation.” “He riddled the city with patronage… He was warned of corruption and obviously knew what was going on, and tolerated it.”

48:16Copy video clip URL Seymour Simon, former Alderman and committeeman and Judge in Court of Appeals, Cecil Partee of Illinois State Senate and City Treasurer, and John Stroger, Cook County Commissioner.

49:21Copy video clip URL Cecil Partee, City Treasurer, talks about Daley helping him put together a group of people from different religious factions.

50:31Copy video clip URL John Stroger talks about his first introduction to Mayor Daley.

51:51Copy video clip URL Seymour Simon recounts a story about an instance where he admonished Daley to behave in the council, and Daley responded with, “Why don’t you go get a haircut?” Daley later called to apologize about the comment, because his wife told him to.

53:51Copy video clip URL Callaway asks Partee where the Mayor was on the issue of race. Partee says “he didn’t have much of a problem on race.” Partee says proof is Daley’s installation of Partee as first black President of the State Senate.

55:51Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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