1968 - A Story As Relevant Today As It Was Then

William Natale

Published by Image Press, 2015
ISBN 10: 0692406964 / ISBN 13: 9780692406960
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Synopsis: At 6:05 p.m. on Thursday April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and the world, especially America, and even more so the black man in America, was forever transformed.  In Chicago, like many big cities, people rioted, demonstrating their complete loss of hope by destroying their own communities and burning what little they had.  It was a sad time for the city in a year that was to grow even darker with the murder of Bobby Kennedy and the riots surrounding the Democratic Convention and Mayor Richard J. Daley's shoot to kill, order. 

The Doors sang in their album, Peace Frog, "Blood in the streets in the city of Chicago."  Crosby, Stills & Nash spelled it out this way: "Though your brother's bound and gagged,  and they've chained him to a chair, won't you please come to Chicago, just to sing."

For the people who worked at Anderson Inc., a small factory owned by a white man but staffed almost entirely by blacks, the summer was going to be long and hot.  When white Fire Chief John Beriso used his clout to get his two sons summer jobs at the factory, black foreman Clarence Wilson had to renege on the summer jobs he promised to the families of his black co-workers, including one whose son desperately needed the job to enroll in college and avoid being caught in the draft of thousands (of young black men) fighting and dying in the rice paddies of Vietnam.   That scenario insured that the brothers-Beriso, Vince and Joe faced resentment and disrespect from their initial day of work at the plant.  Joe Beriso, the younger of the two brothers, had big dreams about being a drummer and eventually his love of jazz cut through the foreman's anger and won Clarence's respect. But the battle was far from over and as the summer temperature roses, so did the tension.

Between vicious street gangs, isolated and divided neighborhoods, police brutality and the summer of riots, each of the main characters must rise to a new level of compassion and understanding if they are to survive the summer of 1968! Based in part upon a true story, 1968 mirrors the anger, pain and fear that is boiling over in the streets of America once again -- Baltimore, Seattle, Santa Barbara, Ferguson, New York, Berkeley and many others. Time may have passed but the times are far from a changing.  In that sense, 1968 is as timely today as it was then.

About the Author: WillIam (Bill) Natale, is an Emmy-Award winning producer/director and executive member of the Directors Guild of America Midwest Council. Natale has served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Chicago Campus; Executive Producer of Internet Streaming Corporation and Executive Producer of WATCH312.COM. Natale currently serves as the Regional Director of Public Affairs/Outreach on behalf of the IL,Ohio, Miami and Colorado Media Schools. Natale has worked as a freelance broadcast professional in various capacities for media outlets, including radio stations: WXRT, WGN and Spanish language WSBC as well as TV stations: WGN, WMAQ, WTTW, WFLD, WLS, WBBM, WYCC, WJYS, WKYC, WIFR, WTMJ, WVTV and Spanish language WGBO. Natale serves as president of the board of directors for PanAmerica Performance Works Theater Company (formerly Latino Chicago Theater Company). He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences and as Chairman of the Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives Association. Bill has taught television production at both Columbia College of Chicago and the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Lombard Campus. Natale continues from time to time to do work as a producer/director in addition to his work as the Regional Executive Director for Public Affairs for the IL,Ohio, Miami & Colorado Media Schools. Recently, PBS aired over 224 public TV stations, the documentary, Water Pressures, dealing with the global water crisis, hosted by Adian Grenier (star of HBO's Entourage) and directed by Natale. Principal photography was done in Chicago, New York, D.C., and Rajastan,India.

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Title: 1968 - A Story As Relevant Today As It Was ...
Publisher: Image Press
Publication Date: 2015
Binding: Paperback
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