In a film in which the audio and video are out of sync due to playback-speed disparities, we hear from Dr. Quentin Young about some of the historical challenges that have faced the Chicago healthcare system, as well as a 1937 steel workers dispute that ended with 10 protestors dead.
00:15 The film opens with a shot of the United Steel Workers logo. Quiet mumbling can be heard on the right audio track.
00:39 The shot pans up, then back down, revealing a steel statue of sorts. It becomes clear that the aforementioned plaque is affixed to the bottom of this statue.
01:50 Quentin Dr. Young’s narration begins, as he explains how southeastern Chicago once stood as the largest steel producing area in the world. He goes on to speak about the unionization process of Chicago’s steel industry.
02:20 Dr. Young explains that this statue is a memorial to a tragedy which struck on Memorial Day in 1937.
02:45 Dr. Young begins a third take, and the shot switches to one of a lightly-trafficked intersection. The shot pans laterally until resting upon Dr. Young, who is narrating. The video and audio are entirely out of sync, due to the video being slowed-down.
03:19 Returning to the Memorial Day tragedy, Dr. Young explains that there was a demonstration held that day by workers at the Republic Steel building. Police responded to this protest with violence — much like they did at the Democratic Convention some decades later.
03:42 Dr. Young notes that ten protestors were killed in the 1937 riot, and that these killings sparked an outcry from the national community.
03:50 Dr. Young places himself in the context of the riots, saying that he was Dr. Young at the time but still very aware of the deaths — and still very affected by them.
04:10 It was those deaths, Dr. Young said, which ignited a “radicalization” within him. A feeling that he says has stayed with him for the rest of his life.
04:30 Dr. Young begins this bit of narration again, with very little variation from the previous three takes.
06:05 The fifth take of this bit of narration begins, yet again with very little variation from the previous few beyond some polishing of certain words.
07:40 Dr. Young notes the actual date of the protests as May 30th, 1937.
09:30 Several bits of the narration start and end, while the video continues to show the same shots and scene.
10:20 Judy Hoffman can be heard in the background giving Dr. Young instructions on how to stand and speak.
10:48 The video cuts to a new shot of a different road, and the narration audio seems to have died off for a bit.
11:15 The video cuts again, still without narration, to a shot that’s mostly of trees, presumably where some significant structure once stood.
11:48 The video cuts back to the original intersection, with the narration track still silent. The shot eventually pans over to Dr. Young, as we continue to see his narration slowed down, without hearing it.
14:00 The video continues in this vein, still without narration.
15:00 The audio from the background track switches to an exchange between several people who seem to be old friends reunited.
15:45 Dr. Young’s narration returns, this time from Harper Court in Hyde Park — the area that Dr. Young has spent his entire life. He notes that all of his offices have been within several blocks of where he currently stands.
16:05 Dr. Young notes that over his 60-year career, there have been innumerable changes to the field of medicine. He notes the womens group, Jane, that approached him in order to learn the procedures for some medical skills, as being a part of the larger trend of patients being more empowered to care for their bodies.
16:45 Dr. Young notes the later success of Jane, as they became an organization that carried out abortions and gynecological exams — things that were technically illegal at the time.
17:30 The rise of free clinics nationally, Dr. Young notes, another facet of the increasing empowerment of people to be more healthy.
18:10 Dr. Young begins another take of this bit of narration, varying little from his previous one.
19:50 Dr. Young does add that he sees that movement to empower better health in people as being extended today in the movement for national health insurance.
20:10 The narration dies off, as the video continues to show Dr. Young conducting his narration at the initial location.
20:45 The background audio track switches again, this time to a location with some sort of song playing in the background.
22:00 The video continues to show various shots in the area of the initial intersection/statue, with the narration track utterly silent.
22:35 The narration track returns with the sounds of a restaurant and Dr. Young explaining that he’s having his picture taken.
22:50 The video switches to a shot of the Chicago and American flag flying in the wind, then to more scenes from the area near the statue.
23:30 Dr. Young begins a new set of narration, this time from Valois in Hyde Park. He notes how the restaurant illustrates the diversity that defines the Hyde Park community.
23:55 Dr. Young points out the variety of Hyde Park’s legislative representatives, and uses that variety to illustrate the progressiveness of the community. “Hyde Park has never been fully integrated into the regular Democratic machine,” Dr. Young goes on, saying, “it’s known for its independence and outspokenness.”
24:35 Dr. Young attributes large parts of his understanding of the world to his growing up in the Hyde Park community.
25:15 Dr. Young begins another take of this bit of narration, again in Valois. Meanwhile, the video track continues to show scenes from around the initial statue.
27:00 Those same sort of shots continue, with the narration trick running silent.
27:23 The video track switches to a driving shot, which looks out the window of a moving car upon miles of industrial facilities.
28:40 Dr. Young’s narration returns, this time from outside the Michael Reese Hospital in Bronzeville. He notes that Michael Reese is a “dead hospital,” which contrasts with how popular the hospital was in 1952 when he applied for a position there.
29:10 It was in the 1980s, Dr. Young says, that the Michael Reese board sold the hospital off to Humana — touching off a series of corporate ownership that would end with the hospital shuttered and in disrepair.
29:36 The video cuts to a shot of somebody walking, seemingly captured by accident. It quickly pans up to a sign displaying “Hyde Park Associates in Medicine, Ltd.”
30:00 Dr. Young proclaims the fate of Michael Reese as a warning to the rest of the United States’ healthcare system to not let corporate greed ruin the goal of medicine.
30:08 The video cuts to the inside of an office building, presumably Harper’s Court as Dr. Young mentioned earlier.
30:20 We see on the video track Dr. Young walk throughout the office and embrace several nurses.
30:50 Dr. Young returns, speaking on how he sought to address the problems he saw in the Chicago medical system. He explained that he started the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group with a group of his colleagues in order to work at bringing change.
31:12 As Dr. Young explains what the goals of his Research Group have been for the 28 years of its existence, the video cuts to him sitting on a bronze statue outside of some three-story buildings.
31:20 Dr. Young extols the difference that his organization has made, especially in helping to provide better health resources to the poor and underprivileged of Chicago.
31:45 Dr. Young begins another take of this bit of narration, with little variation from previous ones.
32:30 Dr. Young begins a third take of this narration, again with little variation on the previous two.
33:00 Dr. Young begins to enumerate some of the specific outcomes of his organization; for one, they created proper healthcare for the incarcerated women of Chicago. The Health and Medicine Policy Research Group also successfully pushed through legislation that created freestanding birthing rooms throughout Chicago.
33:25 National health insurance comes up again, this time as Dr. Young explains that it has been a significant goal of his organization.
33:10 Dr. Young begins another take, again with little variation from previous ones.
35:00 The video track continues to show Dr. Young seated on the bronze statue, but the narration track has gone silent.
36:00 The video cuts to a sweeping shot which shows that the statue Dr. Young sits on is situated in a leafy, open area.
38:00 The video track continues to show Dr. Young seated on the bronze statue, with no sign of the narration track.
40:00 The video switches to a shot of a small park, and the shot pans across it slowly. It then switches to another shot of the same park, this time from a different vantage point.
41:40 Two quick shots show the Harper’s Court sign, followed by the Calypso restaurant storefront.
43:00 Several minutes of b-roll follow, including shots of the Valois storefront and Dr. Young’s offices.
44:45 The video cuts to the inside of Valois and eventually to a table where Dr. Young takes a seat to begin his narration.
52:30 B-roll of the interior of Valois goes on for several minutes, displaying the restaurant’s expansive murals and bustling kitchen.
57:00 The video cuts to an exterior shot of Michael Reese hospital, panning slowly to face Dr. Young.
1:00:20 Dr. Young is replaced with b-roll shots that show the disrepair which the hospital has fallen into.
1:01:25 The video cuts to Dr. Young, seated now, as he continues with his unheard narration.
1:09:20 The video cuts away from Dr. Young and back to b-roll, again showing the disrepair that has befallen Michael Reese hospital. This footage shows much of the area surrounding the hospital, as well as parts of the hospital such as its ambulance entrance.
1:17:45 The film ends.