One of my favorite treasures at the old KMBC building, downtown, was a stack of big, clunky video tapes called Time Capsule. Now, this was in the days before the Internet and before YouTube. Time Capsule could be considered the grandparent to those cyber-ways of looking backward. You could find grainy old video of just about everything on those tapes, from the silly to the serious.
Time Capsule was a big step up for me. As a little kid, I would ask Miss Graf, the librarian, for permission to go down in the basement of our town’s library and look through the old magazines and newspapers. In college, I moved up to microfilm and felt a little bit like Flash Gordon as I scrolled through time.
Actually, putting a tape in a machine and seeing history was a big deal for me. It was easy to get lost in Time Capsule…which probably explains why I got so little work done at the old building. My excuse for not getting work done at the new building is that I get lost trying to find the Weather Center.
I actually used those tapes to fill in the gaps on some of the feature stories I did for the evening news back in those days. But, there was one story that featured video exclusively from those dusty old cartridges. It was for Martin Luther King Junior Day. Taking clips from his life, I set them to music by James Taylor. I’m sure the combination had been done before and I know it has been done since.
Shed A Little Light by James Taylor
Let us turn our thoughts today
To Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and we are bound