Author Archives: Sadie Roosa

Lunar Landing, 1969

45 years ago people still weren’t sure if we would ever walk on the moon. On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 took off on their historic mission, and four days later, on July 20th, they landed on the moon. This event was one of the most important things that had happened in human history so far. Not only was it a huge breakthrough for astronomers and other scientists, it was also a landmark in media history, drawing the largest television audience for any live event broadcast. The footage that people watched that day, 45 years ago, is a very important part of our history and has been preserved accordingly. However, because the first lunar landing was such a momentous event, there was a lot more media produced at the time, than just the footage broadcast from the moon. If you think of the lunar landing broadcast as a newscast, then there were in fact newscasts about newscasts. We think it’s important to preserve these pieces of history as well. So far we’ve been able to digitize two examples of these news stories more >

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Boston City Councilors

So far in 2014, we’ve enjoyed exploring the careers of some of Boston’s City Councilors, some of whom are still widely recognized as Boston icons today. There are many more City Councilors who we haven’t had time to explore, and many of them are featured in various news stories in our collections. Even though we will no longer be highlighting a specific City Councilor each month, we encourage to look into them on your own. Here’s a list of some to get you started. more >

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Where’s the Fire? That’s What We Want To Know!

We’re convinced that the best people from whom to get information about our content are the people who were there or have a personal connection to it. These personal experts will be able to identify the location of a fire, just by recognizing a familiar street corner. Or give us the date of a protest march, because they were one of the people chanting and holding a picket sign. We need that level of familiarity in order to get the best contextual information about our news stories! That’s why we’re encouraging you, our users, to add what you know about these news stories to help un enhance our records and help other interested user find the videos more easily. more >

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Jim Kelly, Boston City Councilor

Jim Kelly served in the Boston City Council from 1984 until his death in 2007, representing District 2, which covers South Boston, the South End and Chinatown. He served as City Council president for six years, from 1994-2000. Before being elected to City Council, he was the President of the South Boston Information Center and a member of the South Boston Marshals, a paramilitary organization active during the anti-busing movement. In this 1977 interview from the Ten O’Clock News Collection, Gary Griffith asks Kelly questions about a demonstration at Carson Beach, in his position as President of the South Boston Information Center. more >

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Steve’s Ice Cream, Davis Square

As summer approaches, my mind turns to beach trips and ice cream. Who am I kidding, I’m always thinking about ice cream. I got an especially strong hankering a while ago when I watched this news footage about ice cream legend Steve Herrell, from his first shop Steve’s Ice Cream in Davis Square. Herrell opened Steve’s Ice Cream in 1973, with the purpose of selling premium handmade ice cream, as opposed to the massively processed alternative. In his little shop, which sold out of ice cream the very first day it opened, Herrell popularized low-air ice cream and the mix-in (or “smoosh-in” – a term Herrell has trademarked). This approach has since become much more widespread, often in shops founded by former Steve’s employees, like Amy’s and Toscanini’s, as well as being the basis for chains like Cold Stone Creamery. more >

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