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KVOS Special: If The Bomb Survives, Can We?
KVOS Special: If The Bomb Survives, Can We?
Student anti-nuclear rally in spring 1962 on the campus of Western Washington State College (subsequently Western Washington University). English professor Arthur Hicks delivers a speech in front of the student union building; a march to downtown Bellingham follows. Some onlookers are interviewed by Al Swift.
KVOS Special: The European Common Market and You
KVOS Special: The European Common Market and You
Politicians from both Washington State and British Columbia are interviewed. They discuss the impact the European Common Market will have on Washington and British Columbia as well as its impact on the United States and Canada as a whole.
KVOS Special: Girls, Glitter and Gracie
KVOS Special: Girls, Glitter and Gracie
Chorus line and cabaret producer and promoter Gracie Hansen is interviewed for twenty minutes. Her show "Gracie Hansen's Paradise" was a prime adult entertainment attraction at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. She discusses her early career, the background of the show, the showgirls and other performers, etc. Soundless footage prior to the interview includes footage of dancers donning costumes and applying makeup. Soundless footage of a fashion show follows the interview, with women modeling polka-dot dresses, swimwear, and lingerie.
KVOS Special: Operation Cooperation
KVOS Special: Operation Cooperation
This episode is devoted to a ceremony held at the Peace Arch on September 22, 1962, celebrating the civil defense cooperation agreement recently signed between Washington State and British Columbia. Specifically aimed at enhancing cross-border coordination in the event of a nuclear attack, a key provision of the treaty calls for a Vancouver evacuation route to run through Whatcom County: up H Street in Blaine, and on to Sumas. Footage shows Canadian and American politicians hammering nails to erect a dispersal route sign at the border. Footage includes short speeches made by several officials praising international cooperation, both the interior and exterior of the Washington State Civil Defense Mobile Command Post bus, Canadian and American troops marching back and forth under the Peace Arch while a marching band plays, and food being prepared for and eaten by the troops. Amongst several people interviewed are British Columbia Provincial Secretary W.D. Bligh and Washington State Lieutenant Governor John Sherbert.
KVOS Special: The Race for Washington
KVOS Special: The Race for Washington
Four politicians are interviewed prior to the 1962 senatorial and congressional election: incumbent senator Warren G Magnuson (Democrat) and his opponent Richard Christiansen (Republican) as well as incumbent representative Alfred Westland (Republican) and his opponent Milo E. Moore (Democrat). Magnuson is interviewed for the first ten minutes, and briefly touches upon a range of issues including Medicare, trade, the Kennedy Administration, communism, and his unwillingness to engage his opponent in a televised debate. Christiansen, a former Lutheran Minister, is interviewed for the next ten minutes and focuses primarily on his campaign strategy, although he also takes time to condemn communism. Both interviews touch upon the different political climate in Washington East and West of the Cascades. Westland, of Washington's Second Congressional District, is interviewed for four minutes, and offers a position on Whatcom County lumber issues. Moore, a former Washington State Fisheries Director, mentions his plan to turn Drayton Harbor and Terrell Creek (Birch Bay) into fish farms.
KVOS Special: The Key To The College Door
KVOS Special: The Key To The College Door
Interviews with Western Washington State College (which would later become Western Washington University) administrators about college-related issues. Speakers and interviewees include James L. Jarrett (President) and C.W. "Bill" MacDonald (Dean of Men), William O'Neil (Registrar) and William Hatch (Financial Aid Officer). Topics include preparing for college, reasons for going to college, alternatives to college, admissions criteria, the cost of a college education, loans, and scholarships. Interviews with a selected panel of students explore their attitudes towards college, and related issues such as study habits, financial management, and extracurricular activities. Silent footage of the college is interspersed, with shots of Old Main, Bond Hall, the Carver Gym, etc.
KVOS Special: The Professor Looks At His College
KVOS Special: The Professor Looks At His College
This reel consists of narration superimposed over images of student life at Western Washington State College (later Western Washington University), chosen from over four and a half hours of footage and interviews. Eight faculty members speak separately on aspects of student life and teaching at Western: Katherine Carroll (Education), Charles Flora (Biological Sciences), Arthur Hicks (English), James McAree (History), Richard Reynolds (Education), Herbert Taylor (Sociology-Anthropology), Ralph Thompson (Education) and Mary Watrous (Education). Topics include their educational philosophies, teaching styles, students and the college experience, extracurricular activities. Footage includes the campus - Old Main, Wilson Library, the future site of Red Square, the Carver Gym; footage of professors lecturing, students in laboratories, students performing music and creating visual arts, playing football, etc. Off-campus footage includes biology or zoology students exploring tide-pools along Bellingham's shoreline, and visiting Whatcom Falls.
KVOS Special: The Professor Looks At His College (silent, pre-broadcast footage)
KVOS Special: The Professor Looks At His College (silent, pre-broadcast footage)
See also broadcast version (kvos_special_19_01_s20a). This is soundless, pre-broadcast footage for a KVOS special about student life at Western Washington State College (later Western Washington University). Includes footage and stills of campus, as well as tide-pool hunting and Whatcom Falls.
KVOS Special: The First R
KVOS Special: The First R
Dr. Donald Durrell, Professor of Education at Boston University and nationally recognized authority on the teaching of reading, is interviewed by Dr. James L. Jarrett, President of Western Washington State College (later Western Washington University). Durrell discusses the best approaches to teaching reading to young children. Topics that are raised include phonics, flashcards, cursive writing, spelling, parental preparation, pronunciation, child psychology, education, educational philosophy, and the importance of elementary school libraries. Emphasis on kindergarten, first grade.
KVOS Special: Alaska Earthquake - The Day After
KVOS Special: Alaska Earthquake - The Day After
Including a brief introductory newscast by reporter Andy Anderson, this reel focuses on the massive destruction wrought on Kodiak City, on Kodiak Island, Alaska, by the 1964 earthquake. The March 27, 1964 quake was then the largest earthquake recorded striking the United States. The devastation of Kodiak was caused by a series of accompanying tidal waves. The tsunami aftermath is well-illustrated by this dramatic footage of the town, showing destroyed ships, the ruins of buildings, and community relief efforts.
KVOS Special: The Color of Black
KVOS Special: The Color of Black
Civil Rights leader and activist James Farmer is interviewed for the entire episode. Farmer, founding member and head of the Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE, discusses a wide range of issues related to the Civil Rights movement, including segregation, desegregation, racial discrimination, the protest movement, nonviolent protest, the freedom riders, the marches on Selma and Montgomery, President Lyndon Johnson, and Alabama Governor George Wallace. He contrasts the movements in the north with those in the south. At the beginning of the interview, Farmer relates a powerful story of his own recent escape from a violent lynch mob of Louisiana State Troopers and police in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
KVOS Special: The Road To Redress
KVOS Special: The Road To Redress
A Bellingham peace protest march against the Vietnam War is captured. Protesters carry signs and placards against the war, featuring slogans such as "Negotiation Not Napalm". More attention is devoted on this reel to the much smaller group of counter-protesters, who favor the war; one spokesperson is interviewed for several minutes. Their slogans include "draft the pacifists" Some of the anti-war demonstration takes place in front of the Hotel Leopold. The second half of the reel is taken up by an unidentified man giving a speech about the Vietnam War; the audio is poor.
KVOS Special: Dick Gregory
KVOS Special: Dick Gregory
Stand-up comic, entertainer, author, nutritionist, and civil rights activist Dick Gregory is interviewed by Andy Anderson. Gregory comments upon a range of topics including the 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles, segregation, recent civil rights legislation, Martin Luther King, local and regional Black leaders, the philosophy of the protest movement, protests, nonviolence, pacifism, and social justice in America. This reel also contains two public service announcement commercials. The advertisement preceding the episode is an animation cartoon produced by the American Dental Association, and promotes fluoride and fluoridation as a solution to tooth decay. The ad following the episode, produced by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, promotes clean water and cites a growing problem of pollution and contamination.
KVOS Special: Guemes Island - Beginning or End?
KVOS Special: Guemes Island - Beginning or End?
The first of two KVOS Specials, regarding the 1966 attempt by Northwest Aluminum Company to build an Aluminum plant on Guemes Island, one of the San Juan Islands in Washington State, USA. Although favored by Skagit County and then economically depressed Anacortes, residents of Guemes Island who opposed the plan formed a citizen's action group, "Save the San Juans" led by retired Boeing executive Evan Nelson. Nelson hired a young John Erlichman (pre-Nixon) as the group's lawyer. Although Skagit County hastily rezoned a portion of the island for heavy industry, in 1967 the corporation bowed to public pressure and withdrew from this attempt. The film features short interviews with people in favor of and opposed to the proposed industrial development (all except Nelson are unidentified). In addition, there is a small amount of scenic footage.
KVOS Special: Guemes Island - The View From Anacortes
KVOS Special: Guemes Island - The View From Anacortes
A press conference by an executive spokesperson from Northwest Aluminum Company. The spokesperson (unidentified) explains choice of Guemes Island as a site for an aluminum plant site, and the company's plan for development. Northwest Aluminum, a subsidiary of a Japanese-backed consortium, sought a deep water site with adjacent flat acreage, and was also lured by the promise of cheap power from Bonneville power. Despite Skagit County's rezoning of the area to heavy industrial, public opposition forced the company to withdraw the next year.
KVOS Special: Western's Fourth R.
KVOS Special: Western's Fourth R.
A profile of Western Washington University faculty members and their research. The first four minutes are silent, and feature Professor Gerald Kraft and students conducting field experiments from a boat. After that a series of professors explain their research. These include Dr. June Ross, one of the first female biochemists at the University, who discusses her research on sponges. Dr. Larry Douglas talks about monitoring the impact of special educational programs in minority neighborhoods. Dr. Carol Diers from the psychology department, a specialist in personality research, discusses a failed experiment involving armadillos (the last armadillo died from exposure to Bellingham's climate). Dr. Debnath Mookhergee of the geography department explains his research into urban demographics in India. Dr. Joseph Hashisaki of the math department highlights his book, The Theory of Arithmetic. The last few minutes of footage feature local saltwater invertebrates, including crabs, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. The bizarre looking Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii) is included.
KVOS Special: Interview with John J. O'Connell
KVOS Special: Interview with John J. O'Connell
Washington State Attorney General John J. O’Connell is interviewed in this episode. O’Connell begins by discussing the “long hot summer” of race riots which occurred in many U.S. cities that year, and explains why a race riot was unlikely to occur in Washington State. He discusses the social tensions and injustices which led to these outbreaks of chaos and violence, and talks about fair housing legislation. He also mentions, in passing, the similar injustices faced by Native Americans. Next, O’Connell explores the broader topic of soaring crime rates, both nationally and state-wide. He suggests a need to reexamine ineffective punitive measures against crime. Finally, O’Connell calls for major reform of the Washington State Constitution; including a complete constitutional re-write, to be undertaken by a constitutional convention of elected delegates.
KVOS Special: Julian Bond Interview
KVOS Special: Julian Bond Interview
Georgia State Legislator and Anti Vietnam War activist Julian Bond is interviewed in front of the Old Main building at Western Washington University, by Political Science Department Chairman Manfred Vernon. Julian Bond is introduced by Duayne F. Trecker. The discussion focuses heavily on the war in Vietnam, and topics include pacifism, the draft and conscription, unilateral withdrawal, poverty, racism, race relations, minorities, civil rights, political activism, and Dr. Martin Luther King. Bond, then a 27 year old African-American, had to fight for two years in the Supreme Court before the State of Georgia would recognize the legitimacy of his victory. At the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, Bond was a key member of the "Georgia Loyalist" faction. He was later chairman of the NAACP.
KVOS Webster Reports: Century 21 (Seattle World's Fair)
KVOS Webster Reports: Century 21 (Seattle World's Fair)
Short interviews with director of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair Gayway about prices and attractions, and Space Needle manager Hoge Sullivan about the Space Needle construction schedule and Space Needle statistics. There is also footage of construction crews at work high atop the almost completed Space Needle.
KVOS Webster Reports: The Extraordinary Equation of George Van Tassel
KVOS Webster Reports: The Extraordinary Equation of George Van Tassel
Jack Webster interviews California resident George Van Tassel, who claims to have been visited by aliens on flying saucers that used anti-gravity technology. During the interview Van Tassel discusses the formula for time travel taught to him on a visit to a UFO, and its relationship to the Earth's magnetic field. In later years Van Tassel would be known for the Integratron, a large dome-shaped rejuvenation device he only partially completed in the California desert prior to his death in 1978.