Documentary 1050 : You, Robert Wagner

Friday, January 01, 1965

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From card catalog: Documentary 1050, "You, Robert Wagner" dubbed from WHN, NY. A salute to R. Wagner from 1954-1965 covering events of his reign as mayor using documentary recordings of the time.

Begins with speech explaining he will not seek re-election. Formal program introduction by John Grimes of WHN News.

Many clips from June 24, 1965, a testimonial dinner in honor of Wagner.

Archival audio:
- Wagner, after the announcement, saying he has nothing to say
- Election night, 1953
- Harry Hirshfield at testimonial dinner
- Wagner's support for citizens saying what they think about the government
- Inauguration Day, 1954: We are New York City
- Wagner's comments on waterfront crisis and strikes: "Let's get back to work."
- Sen John Pastore at testimonial dinner, commenting on Wagner's good work and reputation in and outside of the city, Wagner's father

Grimes goes through Wagner's history in Municipal Service.

Archival audio:
- June, 1963, talking to City Council
- Opening of Shea Stadium
- in 1959, award given by President Truman
- Sen John F Kennedy at testimonial dinner
- Sen Kennedy again at Battery Park
- Wagner discussing Wife's death, decision to not seek re-election
- people's response to Wagner's decision to not seek re-election
- again at the testimonial dinner, Wagner's reflection on his time as Mayor, vision of New York City's future, his own plans for the future.

Thanks to Brooklyn Public Library Audio-Visual Department
WNH News and Public Affairs
Written, produced, and directed by John Grimes

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8737

Hosted by:

John Grimes


Harry Hirshfield, John F. Kennedy, John O. Pastore, Harry S. Truman and Robert F. Wagner


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