Please note: copyright to Take this Hammer is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Take this hammer was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and first aired in 1964.
KQED's mobile film unit follows author and activist James Baldwin in the spring of 1963, as he's driven around San Francisco to meet with members of the local African-American community. He is escorted by Youth For Service's Executive Director Orville Luster and intent on discovering: "The real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present." He declares: "There is no moral distance ... between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham. Someone's got to tell it like it is. And that's where it's at." Includes frank exchanges with local people on the street, meetings with community leaders and extended point-of-view sequences shot from a moving vehicle, featuring the Bayview and Western Addition neighborhoods. Baldwin reflects on the racial inequality that African-Americans are forced to confront and at one point tries to lift the morale of a young man by expressing his conviction that: "There will be a Negro president of this country but it will not be the country that we are sitting in now." The TV Archive would like to thank Darryl Cox for championing the merits of this film and for his determination that it be preserved and remastered for posterity.
Follow the link below to view KQED's later documentary Losing just the same (1966), which also looks at the economic and social experiences of African Americans living in the San Francisco Bay Area:
https://diva.sfsu.edu/bundles/187098... (more info)
Please note: copyright to Take this Hammer (the Director's Cut) is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Take this Hammer (the Director's Cut) was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and was never televised. After 15 minutes of footage was cut from the original version, a 44 minute edit first aired on February 4th 1964 at 7:30pm, on KQED Ch.9 in the Bay Area. This shorter broadcast edit was remastered by Monaco Digital Labs in 2009 and may also be viewed in DIVA.
KQED's mobile film unit follows author and activist James Baldwin in the spring of 1963, as he's driven around San Francisco to meet with members of the local African-American community. He is escorted by Youth For Service's Executive Director Orville Luster and intent on discovering: "The real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present." He declares: "There is no moral distance ... between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham. Someone's got to tell it like it is. And that's where it's at." Includes frank exchanges with local people on the street, meetings with community leaders and extended point-of-view sequences shot from a moving vehicle, featuring the Bayview Hunters Point and Western Addition neighborhoods. Baldwin reflects on the racial inequality that African-Americans are forced to confront and at one point tries to lift the morale of a young man by expressing his conviction that: "There will be a Negro president of this country but it will not be the country that we are sitting in now." The TV Archive would like to thank Darryl Cox for championing the merits of this film and for his determination that it be preserved and remastered for posterity.
Director Richard O. Moore was interviewed in 2012 by the TV Archive, and discussed the film production of Take this Hammer and working with Baldwin in The Making of Take this Hammer. As Moore notes, 15 minutes were cut from his original version by order of KQED's Board of Directors, some of whom felt the film cast San Francisco's race relations in an overly negative way. One board member stated that: "I believe we would all agree that it is not the function of KQED to produce inflammatory, distorted, sacrilegious, extremist programming under the name of educational t... (more info)
A short video produced by the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) on February 5th 2014, featuring the 50th Anniversary screening of KQED's documentary film Take this Hammer (Director's Cut) at the Bayview Opera House, on Third Street in San Francisco. Includes scenes of: people arriving, being checked in and waiting for the program to start (it was a free event); KPFA Radio interviewing filmmaker Kevin Epps and public speaking from Deidra Smith, Kevin Epps, Tyrone Primus, Dorothy J. Tsuruta, Alicia Garza and others. This video was shot by Prince Dean, Jasmine Hernandez and Dimitri Moore, with audio by Randi Jacobs and edited by Alex Cherian. The event was organized and co-sponsored by the Center for Political Education (CPE), the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, the Bayview Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights). The San Francisco Arts Commission assisted CPE with producing the event. This video production was assisted in part by a California State Library grant, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.... (more info)
KPIX documentary film from 1962, narrated by Marvin Miller, which presents the history of California Governor, Senator and railroad tycoon Leland Stanford's mansion on Nob Hill in San Francisco, from the beginning of construction in 1875 through to its burning down on April 19th 1906, in the San Francisco earthquake. Written and produced by Ray Hubbard, this film uses close-up shots of albumen still photo prints (preserved on glass plates and recently discovered on Stanford University's campus) to show and describe the interior decor of each room in the Stanford's mansion. These photographs were taken by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and are now preserved in an album of 62 photo prints by the San Francisco Public Library. Ends with brief views of Stanford University campus, with the Stanford University Mendicants singing the Stanford Hymn in the background.... (more info)
KQED special program from 1970 by Bill Yahraus, featuring coverage from a 3 day teaching conference about ecology and population issues, at Cubberly High School in Palo Alto (CA). Includes scenes of debate with faculty and students and speeches by: David Brower (Friends of the Earth); Clark Bradley (California State Senator); Donald Aitken (John Muir Institute); Stephanie Mills (Planned Parenthood); Mrs Margaret Scott (United Parents Under God) and Barry Weisberg (Bay Area Institute). Also includes views of live performances by Ecology Action Theater and folk singer Stan Stamper. This event was coordinated by Donald Aitken, Claire Boissevain and James Harding (co-chair of the student Committee, who is shown introducing David Brower). This film was produced by Virginia Duncan, with sound by Peter Hobe. It should be noted that Cubberly High School, located at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, opened in 1956 and was closed in 1979.... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from September 14th 1970 in San Francisco by Belva Davis featuring a teachers strike at Sir Francis Drake School in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, which is also supported by parents. Includes interviews with parents and teachers who are requiring that maintenance repairs be made to the school, to meet with basic safety needs before students resume classes. There are also views of contractors working at the school on these repairs.... (more info)
437. Teachers strike story including Ballard News Conf. Teachers rally closed door meeting and a 4 pm standup at the Board of Education meeting. Lynne has statistics on abseteeism among teachers and students.
KQED News report from March 10th 1977 featuring scenes of Cesar Chavez and representatives of the Teamsters Union giving a press conference and signing a five year cooperation agreement.... (more info)
574. Teamsters Rally: a group of teamsters flanked by their families showed up at Lucky?s headquarters in Dublin today; the demonstrators say they want an explanation for their families why they were locked out
KPIX Eyewitness News report from May 15th 1969 in Berkeley featuring scenes of student protestors facing off against riot police in UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza, low flying helicopters dropping tear gas on the college and National Guard advancing on crowds with fixed bayonets. Also includes views of arrests and students chanting "killers off campus!"... (more info)
Please note: the original sound recording levels for this film were low. KPIX Eyewitness News report from March 11th 1971 in San Francisco featuring an interview with Senator Edward Kennedy, who identifies current problems with the U.S. healthcare system. He states: "I think the American people are entitled to quality health. National Health Insurance, I believe, provides the best vehicle to achieve quality health for all Americans."... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from May 20th 1968 featuring speeches by Edward Kennedy (on the Kennedy's labor relations record) and Eugene McCarthy (on his campaign), at a fund-raising dinner for the Committee on Political Education (COPE) of the American Federal of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco. Also includes scenes from a Robert Kennedy speech at the San Francisco Press Club (on political stereotypes and the "new politics"). KPIX reporter Rollin Post gives a brief editorial and there are brief views of Robert Kennedy's motorcade through San Francisco and his Springer Spaniel Freckles. Thanks to Paul Lee for providing the correct date and locations of these speeches.... (more info)
KTVU News report from August 14th 1967 by Carlton Cordell on Market Street in San Francisco featuring interviews with patrons of the Telenews Theatre, which opened in 1939 and is closing tomorrow.... (more info)
KTVU News footage from the late 1960s featuring brief views of telephone workers picketing outside a downtown building in San Francisco. Also includes a brief glimpse of a long line of telephone switchboard operators working at their stations. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.... (more info)
Please note: the original program aired on KQED Ch. 9. This version is 2 minutes shorter, as extended sequences featuring images from the movie 'Being There' and television shows 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' and 'Hill Street Blues' have been replaced by screen titles because of licensing issues. The sound from voiceovers and interviews in these segments can still be heard. A fast paced, video magazine show which reflects on the rapid evolution and powerful influence of television on American society. Produced in 1981 by San Francisco based independent studio Videowest. See their website for more details:
Includes interviews with producer Norman Lear, writers Harlan Ellison and Jerzy Kosinski and a profile of Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the first fully electronic television system and sent the first transmitted signal at his 202 Green Street laboratory in San Francisco, on September 7th, 1927. Also featured are reports on a collector of vintage television sets, network TV shows 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' and 'Hill Street Blues' and a brief look at a San Francisco cable show 'The Gay Dating Game'.
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KPIX-TV documentary film produced in March 1970, which features San Francisco's Lowell High School orchestra and their two week concert tour of Japan, climaxing with a special performance on San Francisco Day at Expo '70 in Osaka. A voice over explains that: "This film is an impression of that trip as experienced by the 102 members of the orchestra and their conductor John Pereira." Includes scenes of the orchestra playing on stage, touring Japan, socializing and performing at Expo '70. This film was produced and directed by Jim Crum.
Please note: The first verse and chorus of The Rolling Stones's 1968 hit single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' have been removed from the soundtrack's opening scenes.... (more info)
KPIX-TV documentary film from 1964, about the life and career of one-time Heavyweight boxing champion of the world Max Baer. Features interviews with: Mary Ellen Baer; Max Baer, Jr; Ancil Hoffman; Dave Hope; Buddy Baer and Jack Dempsey. Also includes brief views of Baer's fights with Max Schmeling, Jim Braddock and Joe Louis and scenes from Baer's publicity campaign for a fight with Tony Galento in 1940. This documentary was written and produced by Caryl Coleman and directed by Dick Williams.... (more info)
KTVU News report from December 26th 1968 covering scenes of mass demonstration at SF State College. Features views of picketing, confrontations between protesters and police and arrests. Also includes a press conference in which a minister encourages the Trustees to look for ?creative solutions? to the dispute and take responsibility for negotiating with student demands. Ends with a brief glimpse of riot police relaxing and smoking in between clashes, before more arrests are made. Please note this footage includes a brief glimpse of Bill Moore operating the KTVU camera. He was the first African American news cameraman in California.... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from April 10th 1967 by Belva Davis featuring interviews with Supervisor Terry A. Francois and rock concert promoter Bill Graham, who discuss the new dance ordinance in San Francisco for teenagers. At one point Graham expresses the hope that this legislation indicates that local politicians have: "Allowed the people of San Francisco who go to these establishments to prove to them that peoples of all ages can get together and have a good time. It's as simple as that."... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from April 4th 1968 in San Francisco by Belva Davis featuring an interview with San Francisco's first African American Supervisor Terry A. Francois (1922-89), who reflects on the killing of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis (TN). He states that: "I think the true lesson we should learn is the futility of violence ... Dr. King would not want his death to be reflected by any further violence."... (more info)
KRON-TV news footage from the late 1960s featuring a commission, chaired by John A. Hannah, addressing race in San Francisco. Speakers include Mayor John Shelley and a representative from the Mexican American Bay Area Students. [Originally shot on 16mm film, a BetaSP videotape master was made by KRON-TV and was used to produce this low-res online screener.] Remastered, edited and catalogued for the web by Shira Peltzman.
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KQED news report from Alcatraz on November 25th 1970, featuring the unloading of supplies from a boat at the dock, which are then carried up to living quarters on a hand pulled cart. LaNada Means gives a press conference to announce that whilst the American Indians are celebrating Thanksgiving on Alcatraz tomorrow, they will not be accepting the gift of any food from white people. She places this declaration in a historical context of how the first white settlers came to celebrate Thanksgiving: ?They can bring food to give to the island for the purpose of giving but not because of the reason that it has been for hundreds of years because we are no longer going to let them live a lie.?... (more info)
KRON-TV Assignment Four documentary film from 1965, narrated by Jerry Jensen, which considers the growing influence of American teenagers in consumer culture. Includes scenes featuring: teenagers dancing at the San Mateo County Fairground's Teenage Fair; a teenage discount book ('Teenage Parti Pakk') being marketed at the Fairmont Hotel; an interview with Dr. Louise Bates Ames of the Gesell Institute; fashion runway shows; interviews with purchasers for Macys; teenage boys looking at cars and views of disc jockey Tom Donahue working in the KYA Radio booth, at the Teenage Fair. This film was written and produced by Al Kohlwes and directed by Al Scollay. Opens with an introduction by the General Manager of KRON-TV, Harold P. See.... (more info)
Excerpt from an episode of KPIX-TV's The Afternoon Show, featuring an interview with actor Jim Carrey, presented by Ann Fraser and Ross McGowan on December 5th 1985. Includes scenes of Carrey discussing his new feature film 'Once Bitten' and doing impressions of James Stewart, Jack Nicholson, James Dean, Bruce Dern and Jack Palance. He also pretends to be a dog and fetches his own shoe.... (more info)
Excerpt from an episode of KPIX-TV's The Afternoon Show, featuring interviews with clothier Wilkes Bashford and politician Willie Brown, presented by Ann Fraser and Ross McGowan on November 26th 1985. Includes scenes of Bashford introducing some of the latest outfits from his San Francisco department store and Brown assessing the public images of high profile American politicians.... (more info)
Peabody Award winning KPIX film documentary from 1962, narrated by Marshal 'J', about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, from November 4th 1930 (voter approval to begin work) to May 27th 1937 (the official opening). Includes a detailed history of the bridge's construction using voiceover from workers involved, photographs, newspaper clippings and archival footage from the 1930s. The Executive Producer for this film was Ray Hubbard, direction is from Mark Hathaway and the song 'Bridge Buildin' Man' was written and sung by Sheldon Fay and Colon Brown Jr., with lyrics by Lee Mendelson.... (more info)
KPIX-TV documentary film from c1964 which features the education of mentally retarded children at the Sequoia School for the Mentally Retarded, in Hayward (Alameda County, California). Includes scenes of the children being taught in class and playing together. Voiceover is provided by narrator Henry Leff and also briefly by a parent and the teacher. This film was written and produced by Brad Wright and directed by Dick Williams.... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 16th 1972 by Bob Tutt featuring The Crackerjack store in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, which offers a drug rehabilitation workshop for recovering addicts and raises money for it's sponsor, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. Includes interviews with organizers and views of people checking out the store.... (more info)
KPIX documentary film from 1963, hosted by Steve Allen, about the building of Hearst Castle near San Simeon, on the central coast of California (also known as La Cuesta Encantada or The Enchanted Hill). Features archival film and photographs which are used to show how William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) worked with architect Julia Morgan to design and execute the building of this mansion between 1919 and 1947. Includes many views of the property and interiors, with narration by: William Randolph Hearst Jr.; Francis X. Bushman; Morgan North; Cary Baldwin; Mrs. Ann Rotanzi and Norman Rotanzi. Also includes scenes of Charlie Chaplin fooling around in the Hearst garden (footage which was discovered during the making of this film). This film was written and produced by Lee Mendelson, photographed by Dick Williams and edited by R.E. Pusey, Jr. This color film would have been telecast in b&w in 1963 and the executive producer was Ray Hubbard. Hearst Castle became officially recognized as a U.S. National Historic Landmark on May 11th, 1976.... (more info)
KPIX documentary film from 1963, written by Richard Dillon, which reviews the history of San Francisco's Chinatown from the 1840s through to the early Twentieth Century, using b&w still photographs and voiceover narration from Dillon. Includes descriptions of: how Chinese emigrants mainly from Guandong Province settled around Grant Avenue; how the Chinese Six Companies organization developed to provide community leadership following the 1873 economic depression; how Police Chiefs Theodore G. Cockrill and Henry H. Ellis reacted to anti Chinese sentiment and violence; the work of the Chinatown Squad; the July 23rd 1877 'Riot Night'; the Tong Wars; how criminal gangs such as the Hatchetmen controlled organized crime in Chinatown and how the original settlement was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1906. The Executive Producer of this film was Ray Hubbard and the music was composed and performed by Harry Partch.... (more info)
KPIX-TV documentary film from 1962, which is described in sub-title as: "A nostalgic visit to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco 1915." Features nitrate film footage of the exposition shot in 1915 (which was discovered by Associate Producer Lee Mendelson in 1961, in a Tiburon antique store) and voice over reflections on it's legacy by Walter Johnson. Includes scenes featuring pageants, parades, architecture, a promotional film for the exposition and views of: The Palace of Fine Arts; The Fountain of Energy; The Palace of Machinery; The Tower of Jewels; President William H Taft; Fatty Arbuckle; Art Smith; Charlie Chaplin; Henry Ford; Thomas Edison; Luther Burbank and Mabel Normand. This film was written and produced by Ray Hubbard, edited by R.E. Pusey and the piano music was played by Gregory Hubbard.
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KPIX documentary film from 1964, narrated by Captain Donald Mackey, about the US Navy's last rigid airship the U.S.S. Macon. Features archival footage of the Macon's construction at the Goodyear Air Dock in Springfield Township (Ohio) and of it's March 11th 1933 christening by Jeanettte Whitton Moffett and maiden flight. Also includes scenes of the Macon in action after it was commissioned on June 23rd 1933 at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sunnyvale, in Santa Clara County (now Moffett Federal Airfield) and on fleet maneuvers. Ends by re-enacting the Macon's final flight and wreck off the coast of Big Sur on February 12th 1935, using extracts from Captain Herbert V. Wiley's official report and artist sketches. This film was edited by Dick Scott, written and produced by Dave Caldwell and the executive producer was Ray Hubbard.... (more info)
Please note: copyright to The Long Walk is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. The Long Walk was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and first aired in 1970.
This Philip Greene documentary recounts how the Navajo people were treated by white settlers during the Nineteenth Century, considers the modern world's impact on traditional ways of life and examines the education of Navajo children at the Intermountain School in Brigham City, Utah and the Rough Rock Demonstration School in Chinle, Arizona. Also includes interviews with Native Americans, who reflect on their experience of cultural assimilation and school principals Wilma Victor and Dillon Platero, who describe their approaches to teaching. Rough Rock's Deputy Director Anita Pfieffer explains that students: "Can go home to their relatives and operate like a Navajo. Go to a middle class home and operate like a middle class Anglo. And if they know how to switch between the two, there's no problem." Ends with views of a graduation ceremony at Rough Rock School, with Senator Edward Kennedy in attendance, who delivers a speech. This was the first such graduation ceremony in a school controlled by Native American people in the USA. The film is narrated by Richard Moore, with translations by Ed Radenzel.... (more info)
A TV Archive production about the making of KQED's documentary film Take this Hammer, featuring an interview with director Richard O. Moore shot on February 24th 2012. Moore recalls the inception of the KQED Film Unit, shares insight into Take this Hammer's production history, reveals that 15 minutes were cut from the original edit and explains his working relationship with James Baldwin. The interview was conducted by Caroline Dijckmeester-Bins, with Mark David on sound and camera. This film was produced and edited by Alex Cherian. Excerpts of archival footage from Take this Hammer were sourced from the TV Archive's 16mm film print and approved for release in DIVA by WNET.
Take this Hammer may be viewed in full online in DIVA.
Please note: copyright to footage sourced from Take this Hammer is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Take this hammer was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and first aired on February 4th 1964.... (more info)
KPIX-TV documentary film from 1967 narrated by Frank Dill, which examines the use and effect of mind altering drugs in San Francisco's youth counter culture, focusing on why young people are taking lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Includes interviews with Dr Allan Cohen (clinical psychologist at UC Berkeley), Hank Harrison (Director of the LSD Rescue Mission), youths who endorse the positive impact of drugs and a lady who is under the influence of LSD and tries to decribe her experience. Also features views of the Monterey Pop Festival and the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. This film was produced by Alan Goldberg, written by Larry Russell and directed by Dick Williams. The music is by The New Salvation Army Band.... (more info)
KPIX-TV documentary presented by writer Michael McClure from 1967, about the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco and how it is increasingly recognized as a center for the growing 'hippie' counter-culture movement. As narrator Rod Sherry puts it: "Some call Haight-Ashbury another bohemia, like the Left Bank, Greenwich Village and others ... But it's more like Brigadoon: a magical land that appeared only yesterday and may be gone tomorrow. But if it lasts, the effect on the rest of society could be far reaching. And that's why the outside world must try to understand what is happening here." Includes scenes of McClure visiting the Psychedlic Bookshop, the Print Mint and the Straight Theater (where The New Salvation Army Band and a rehersal from his play 'The Beard' are seen). Also features views of The Grateful Dead relaxing inside their house at 710 Ashbury Street and of McClure walking though the neighborhood and socializing with painter Mike Bowen and others. This film was produced by Alan Goldberg, written by Jim Harwood and directed by Dick Williams. The music is by The New Salvation Army Band.... (more info)
A Philip Greene film produced by Richard Moore and Zev Putterman for KQED in 1973, which features aerial views of California's coastline from Mt. Shasta to Los Angeles. Greene's title is taken from a poem by Robinson Jeffers, which celebrates the majesty of California's Pacific coastline. Richard Moore quotes Jeffers directly in voice over as a preface to the film: "This place is the noblest thing I have ever seen. No imaginable / Human presence here could do anything / but dilute the lonely self-watchful passion." Includes extended views of: Mt. Shasta; coastal and marine wildlife; the logging industry; Mendocino; Sacramento; San Francisco; Monterey; Big Sur; Salinas Valley; surfing; skateboarding; Malibu and Los Angeles. The film's sound was edited by four time Oscar winner Mark Berger.... (more info)
KQED documentary film from August 4th 1989, narrated by Don West, about the life and work of poet and 1980 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004). Features scenes and archival footage of Milosz being interviewed, accepting his Nobel prize, reading his poetry onstage, writing at his Berkeley Hills home and visiting Gdansk in Poland. Also includes interviews with: writer Susan Sontag; Professor of Rhetoric Leonard Nathan; author Henryk Grynberg; poet Robert Hass; author Renata Gorczynski; former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski; poetry critic Helen Vendler and journalist Michael Kaufman. Actor Peter Donat and others are heard reading from the following Milosz poems: From the Rising of the Sun; A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto; Elegy for N. N.; Hope; My Faithful Mother Tongue and You Who Wronged. In the introduction, West refers to Milosz as: "A voice of hope in an age darkened by war, death and destruction. Milosz has resisted and opposed oppressive regimes for 50 years." This film was directed by Jan Nemec and co-produced/edited by Blair Gershkow, with music by Jan Hammer.... (more info)
KRON News footage from November 15th 1966 featuring scenes outside the Psychedelic Shop at 1535 Haight Street, where police have just arrested Allen Cohen (store clerk) for selling "The Love Book" by Lenore Kandel, on grounds of obscenity. Includes views of crowds protesting outside and an interview with one eyewitness, who describes what happened when police entered the shop at about 2:30pm. It should be noted that the subsequent trial of Cohen, Ron Thelin and a City Lights Bookstore clerk became the longest criminal trial in San Francisco history, up to that point.... (more info)
KRON local Emmy Award winning compilation of news footage covering a five day period from October 17th-21st 1989, produced by Stephanie Abrams and edited by Ronald B. Johnson, featuring the Loma Prieta Earthquake and it's impact on Northern California. Includes extensive views of earthquake damage, scenes of rescues and survivors stories from San Francisco, Oakland, Watsonville and Santa Cruz. Narration is provided by Jerry Graham.... (more info)
Full program of Cecil Williams interviewing Willie Brown in August 1981, who reflects on his role as Speaker of the California State Assembly. Williams introduces the program by pointing out that: "He is the first black to hold the second most powerful position in the state of California ? let's find out what he's thinking, feeling and doing." Includes frank discussion of political identity and racial double-standards in California.
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KRON local Emmy Award winning documentary from 1982, produced by Jonathan Dann, which examines how post traumatic stress disorder has affected the lives of Vietnam veterans attending a treatment program in Menlo Park, California. Features reporter Greg Lyon interviewing veterans Josiah Lucier, David Sprinkle, Fernando Valdez and Bill Kingsbury and also Dr Harvey E. Dondershine and program Director Fred Gusman. Includes scenes of veterans from the Menlo Park treatment program parading through downtown Redwood City, California on the 4th of July. Ends with views in Washington D.C. of the November 1982 roll call of dead and missing Vietnam veterans in the National Cathedral and dedication ceremony for the Vietnam veterans memorial on Constitution Avenue. At one point Lyon reflects that: "America signed a contract with the soldiers it sent to fight [in Vietnam] ... that if they went to war we would care for and honor them in peace. They kept their half of the bargain."... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 10th 1968 at SF State College by Pat O'Brien featuring a press conference by a spokesperson for the Third World Liberation Front, describing non-negotiable issues that must be addressed before they will consider mediation in their dispute with authorities. This is followed by a student press conference, scenes around campus and a minor incident where a burning firecracker is extinguished on a stairwell. Ends with views of mounted police on 19th Avenue.... (more info)
An episode in the KPIX-TV series 'Adventures in Living' from 1957, written and directed by Bob Davy, about the arrival, processing and rehabilitation of a San Quentin prison inmate. Although this film is highly stylized, the narrator tells us that: "The story you are about to see is true. The people are real." Includes many views of prison life from inside San Quentin, including scenes of: inmate evaluation; furniture making; recreation; a group counseling session; an interview with Warden Harley O. Teets (1906-1957) and a parole review board. Also features interviews on the streets of San Francisco with people who knew the inmate (referred to as "Bob"), who speculate on what factors contributed to his behavior and arrest.... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report in Los Angeles from May 1969 featuring a speech by outgoing Police Chief Thomas Reddin, in which he explains his philosophy of effective law enforcement, addressing issues such as social problems, the need for a balanced approach to police work, community relations and the changing role of police in modern society.... (more info)
1177. TIME CAPSULE: for $3 you can put your message in a time capsule to be dug up in 50 years. The capule is sponsored by the state parks in order to raise $$ for 2 new parks. This one is to be buried in Big Basin State Park.
KPIX Eyewitness news report from July 10th 1968 at the Psychedelic Shop at 1535 Haight Street in San Francisco, featuring a press conference by Timothy Leary who explains his views about teenagers, parents and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). He contends that: "LSD is not dangerous physically. It can be dangerous psychologically to someone who's not prepared to confront the energy and the grandeur and the wisdom of the divine process. It scares you out of your mind." He also goes on to advise parents that: "Perhaps eventually, when you're spiritually ready, you'll turn on with your children."... (more info)
KQED News report from 1969 featuring a press conference by Tom Donahue (1928-75), who discusses the Wild West Rock Festival that was to have taken place in Golden Gate Park but was cancelled due to protests by locals. Donahue believes that even though the concert never happened, this was a positive experience for the San Francisco community. He states that: "We also felt that a great deal of the good things that have come out of the artistic community in this country have originated in San Francisco. That it's a starting point. Thay may sound chauvanistic but I also think it's the truth." Ends with brief comments from another spokesman, who refers to the "unecessary and ... unwarranted paranoia" that the Wild West project had to deal with. It is worth noting that Donahue was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-performer, one of only three disc jockeys to receive that honor to date (2011).... (more info)
KPIX Eyewitness News report from October 21st 1968 by Barry Tomkins featuring brief scenes of U.S. Olympic 200m track medalists Tommie Smith (San Jose State alum) and John Carlos arriving at Oakland Airport. Includes views of the athletes walking quickly by massed ranks of press and photographers, in the wake of last week's controversial raised fist salute (in support of human rights) on Mexico City's Olympic podium.... (more info)
KPIX-TV documentary from c1965 examining innovative new teaching practices at the Granada Community School & Teacher Education Center, in the Reed Union School District (Marin County, California). Features interviews with principal John Fitch and also David Ring, Dorothy Blackmore, Dr Robert Anderson and Edward Pino. As Fitch puts it, the Granada Education Plan focusses on the: "Individualization of the learning experience" using multi-age teaching methods, placing an emphasis on learning progression. Also includes various scenes of children being taught at the school. This film was produed by Caryl Coleman, directed by Dick Williams and narrated by John Caple.... (more info)
KRON News footage from May 3rd 1965 in San Francisco featuring silent views outside a courtroom which is hearing a case against a topless bar. Also includes an interview with lawyer Melvin Belli, who reflects on what precisley "obscenity" can mean in relation to censorship and states that: "I don't think that we can be charged with anything else other than ... hardcore pornography."... (more info)