• Short Summary

    USA

    IT'S A HISTORIC FIRST. GERALDINE FERRARO, MEMBER OF CONGRESS, ATTORNEY, WIFE AND MOTHER...RECENTLY BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE FROM A MAJOR PARTY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. ...SOME CALLED IT A SHREWD POLITICAL MOVE ON THE PART OF THE DEMOCRATS. BUT TO WOMEN ACROSS THE LAND, THE ACTION MEANT A GOOD DEAL MORE.

    (HOLD OVER WOMEN CHEERING:04 SECS)
    ...IT WAS A PROUD MOMENT FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES, RACES, AND WALKS OF LIFE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

    (HOLD TO ANGLE DOWN ON CROWD)
    ...GERALDINE FERRARO IS A THREE-TERM CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NEW YORK CITY ...AN ATTORNEY...A WIFE AND MOTHER.

    ...HER OWN MOTHER, ANTONETTA, -- CHEERING HER ON FROM THE SIDELINES -- WAS THE INSPIRATION SHE FOLLOWED.

    ...IN RECOGNITION OF HER MOTHER'S SUPPORT, SHE KEPT HER MAIDEN NAME WHEN SHE MARRIED.

    ...IT ALL BEGAN 48 YEARS AGO, IN NEWBURGH, NEW YORK. GERALDINE WAS DOTED ON BY HER ITALIAN IMMIGRANT FATHER, WHO DIED WHEN SHE WAS EIGHT. HER MOTHER MOVED HER AND BROTHER CARL TO WORKING CLASS AREA AND TOOK A JOB IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY.

    ...GERALDINE IS A CATHOLIC AND REGULARLY ATTENDED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS.

    (HOLD TO THIRD PHOTO OF STARS & STRIPES HAT)
    ...TODAY SHE CREDITS HER MOTHER WITH SETTING AN EXAMPLE OF INDEPENDENCE AND DRIVE...

  • Description

    ON-CAMERA ANCHOR LEAD-IN:
    FERRARO AT PODIUM 0.16
    SOUND UP OVER CHEERS 0.27
    SOUND UP TO ANGLE DOWN ON CROWD HUG AT ROSTRUM 0.44
    MOTHER WAVING AND CHEERING
    CHEERING CROWD
    BABY PHOTO 1.00
    TWO-SHOT WITH BROTHER
    FERRARO IN WHITE DRESS 1.10
    MUSIC UP TO THIRD PHOTO OF STARS & STRIPES HAT
    SAME SHOT FERRARO WITH HORSE 1.21
    FERRARO ON BEACH
    GRADUATION PHOTO 1.43
    TWO-SHOT BY CAR
    THREE WOMEN
    CELEBRATION DINNER
    FAMILY PHOTO FERRARO WITH SCHOOLKIDS SOUND UP TO CU SIGN 1.51
    VARIOUS SHOTS OF FERRARO AT WORK 2.16
    FERRARO WITH VOTERS 2.42
    SOUND UP OVER CROWD
    FERRARO WITH PRIEST 2.49
    SOUND UP OVER MUSIC 3.12
    FERRARO ON PHONE
    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    FERRARO AT MICROPHONE
    SOUND BITE - FERRARO AT ROSTRUM 3.20
    FERRARO ARRIVES AT AIRPORT 3.27
    SOUND BITE - CU FERRARO 3.32
    SOUND UP OVER WORDS: "...CLEANING UP AMERICA" 3.43
    SOUND UNDER NARRATION 3.59
    SOUND UP AT 3:51 CU FERRARO'S FACE 4.08
    PULL BACK TO TWO-SHOT
    GROUP SHOT OF FERRARO & MONDALE WITH SPOUSES 4.16
    TWO-SHOT 4.26
    SOUND BITE - SUPER WALTER MONDALE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT 4.54
    TWO-SHOT AT ROSTRUM
    FERRARO SOUND BITE 5.05
    CHANTING CROWD VARIOUS SHOTS 5.17
    FERRARO SOUND BITE 6.14
    SOUND UP OVER MUSIC & CHEERS TO FADE OUT
    FERRARO: "We don't need government on any citizen's back in America, but we do need government on every citizen's side."
    FERRARO: "If they're going to call me a liberal for saving social security for the elderly of this country, so be it. I'm delighted."
    FERRARO: "I think we've got to do something about cleaning up America.")
    WALTER MONDALE: "And today, I am delighted to announce that I will ask the Democratic Convention to nominate Geraldine Ferraro of New York to run with me for the White House."
    WALTER MONDALE: "This is an exciting choice."
    FERRARO: "I can't wait to get out on the campaign trail to show that I really am a good candidate and I'm going to be a good vice president, and I want to make sure that number gets lifted up to a higher percent."
    FERRARO: "By choosing a woman to run for our nation's second highest office, you send a powerful signal to all Americans. There are no doors that we cannot unlock....We will place a limits on achievement. If we can do this, we can do anything."

    Initials


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    Background: USA

    IT'S A HISTORIC FIRST. GERALDINE FERRARO, MEMBER OF CONGRESS, ATTORNEY, WIFE AND MOTHER...RECENTLY BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE FROM A MAJOR PARTY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. ...SOME CALLED IT A SHREWD POLITICAL MOVE ON THE PART OF THE DEMOCRATS. BUT TO WOMEN ACROSS THE LAND, THE ACTION MEANT A GOOD DEAL MORE.

    (HOLD OVER WOMEN CHEERING:04 SECS)
    ...IT WAS A PROUD MOMENT FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES, RACES, AND WALKS OF LIFE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

    (HOLD TO ANGLE DOWN ON CROWD)
    ...GERALDINE FERRARO IS A THREE-TERM CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NEW YORK CITY ...AN ATTORNEY...A WIFE AND MOTHER.

    ...HER OWN MOTHER, ANTONETTA, -- CHEERING HER ON FROM THE SIDELINES -- WAS THE INSPIRATION SHE FOLLOWED.

    ...IN RECOGNITION OF HER MOTHER'S SUPPORT, SHE KEPT HER MAIDEN NAME WHEN SHE MARRIED.

    ...IT ALL BEGAN 48 YEARS AGO, IN NEWBURGH, NEW YORK. GERALDINE WAS DOTED ON BY HER ITALIAN IMMIGRANT FATHER, WHO DIED WHEN SHE WAS EIGHT. HER MOTHER MOVED HER AND BROTHER CARL TO WORKING CLASS AREA AND TOOK A JOB IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY.

    ...GERALDINE IS A CATHOLIC AND REGULARLY ATTENDED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS.

    (HOLD TO THIRD PHOTO OF STARS & STRIPES HAT)
    ...TODAY SHE CREDITS HER MOTHER WITH SETTING AN EXAMPLE OF INDEPENDENCE AND DRIVE... QUALITIES THAT PERMITTED HER TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL AND TO GAIN SUCCESSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS.

    ...WITH HER MOTHER, GERALDINE WENT TO ITALY TO REDISCOVER HER ROOTS, AND IT WAS WITH HER MOTHER'S ENCOURAGEMENT THAT SHE WON A SCHOLARSHIP TO MARYMOUNT COLLEGE IN MANHATTAN. SHE EARNED HER LAW DEGREE AT NIGHT SCHOOL, AND TAUGHT DURING THE DAY. THREE DAYS AFTER PASSING HER LAW EXAMS, SHE MARRIED JOHN ZACCARO. HER CAREER WAS IMPORTANT BUT HER FAMILY CAME FIRST.

    (HOLD TO SIGN IN ITALIAN)
    ...FERRARO HAS STAYED POLITICALLY ACTIVE IN THEIR ETHNIC NEW YORK NEIGHBORHOOD. SHE WORKED FOR A COUSIN AS ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, AFTER JUGGLING A GENERAL LAW PRACTICE WITH RAISING THREE CHILDREN FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HER POLITICAL STAR WAS ON THE RISE WHEN SHE RAN FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT OF A RETIRED REPUBLICAN, AND TOOK ALMOST EVERYONE BY SURPRISE BY WINNING IT.

    ...FERRARO REPRESENTS A HEAVILY ETHNIC DISTRICT IN THE NEW YORK BOROUGH OF QUEENS. SHE HAS ALWAYS KEPT IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH HER CONSTITUENTS, AND THEY WERE JUBILANT WHEN SHE TRIUMPHED AT THE CONVENTION.

    (HOLD OVER CROWD TO SHOT OF FERRARO WITH PRIEST)
    ...ALTHOUGH HER CATHOLIC RELIGION IS IMPORTANT TO HER, SHE DOES NOT LET IT INFLUENCE PUBLIC POLICY.

    (HOLD OVER CAPITOL TO FERRARO ON PHONE CLOSEUP)
    ...ON CAPITOL HILL, FERRARO HAS WON THE RESPECT OF COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY UNSTINTING HARD WORK AND PLACING PARTY LOYALTY ABOVE PERSONAL AMBITION.

    ...HER VOTING RECORD IS SOLIDLY LIBERAL AND SINCE HER VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION, SHE HAS SHOWN HERSELF TO BE A TIRELESS AND ABLE CAMPAIGNER.

    ...(HOLD TO SOUND BITE)
    ...FERRARO HAS AN IRREVERENT SENSE OF HUMOR AND A WARM, GREGARIOUS PERSONALITY...BUT IS NOTED FOR BEING PLAIN-SPOKEN.

    ...SHE HAS BEEN CALLED AN IDEOLOGICAL SOULMATE OF HER RUNNING PARTNER WALTER MONDALE.

    (HOLD OVER FIRST PART OF SOUND BITE)
    ...FOR A HOUSEWIFE WHO ELEVEN YEARS AGO WAS HOME MAKING PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES FOR HER CHILDREN, FERRARO HAS MADE AN AMAZING TRANSITION.

    (HOLD OVER REST OF SOUND BITE)
    A COLLEAGUE HAS SAID THAT SHE COMES ACROSS AS A TOUGH PERSON, BUT A FAMILY PERSON...PERHAPS A WINNING COMBINATION IN POLITICS.

    ...CERTAINLY THAT WAS THE OPINION OF WALTER MONDALE, WHO CHOSE GERALDINE FERRARO OVER SEVERAL OTHER WOMEN CANDIDATES AS WELL AS A LENGTHY SLATE OF MEN.

    (HOLD OVER CLICKS OF CAMERAS TO MONDALE SOUND BITE)
    ...(HOLD OVER APPLAUSE TO ...REST OF SOUND BITE)
    (HOLD OVER APPLAUSE TO PULL BACK ON 2-SHOT OF FERRARO & MONDALE)
    ...WHEN A SURVEY SHOWED THAT SHE WOULD ONLY WIN ABOUT HALF THE WOMEN'S VOTE, FERRARO HAD A QUICK RESPONSE.

    (HOLD TO SOUND BITE)
    (HOLD OVER TWO CHANTS OF "GERRI...GERRI")
    ...FERRARO HAS SAID THAT MEN COME TO CONGRESS WITH A "PRESUMPTION OF COMPETENCE," BUT WOMEN COME WITH A "BURDEN OF PROOF." SHE IS DETERMINED TO FURNISH THAT PROOF.

    (HOLD TO SOUND BITE)
    (HOLD OVER CHEERS & MUSIC TO FADE OUT)

    Source: USIA 1" VIDEO TAPE

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF4K7NRQLOX0VEG8XP16GDMXH
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4K7NRQLOX0VEG8XP16GDMXH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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