Category Archive: Feature Videos

Research and background information about the feature videos that appear on the MIRC Website

Jul 30

Celebrate the birthday of the Watermelon King!

Altmayer at the edge of the frame

All but forgotten today, Leo G. Altmayer was once Pittsburgh, PA’s “Watermelon King.” In 1934, Altmayer announced a new holiday, “Good Samaritan Day,” to be observed on July 29 every year. Not coincidentally, July 29th was also Altmayer’s birthday. For years he had been celebrating by distributing as many as 50,000 watermelons to a variety of organizations …

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Jul 24

Feature Video–July 24th–Old Cooper River Bridge

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Let’s Take a Ride on the Old Cooper River Bridge by Cherrie Redd-Brown (MIRC) For readers who may not be familiar with the Low Country area of South Carolina, let me introduce you to the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge (also known as the Old Cooper River Bridge), which was completed in 1929 to link Charleston, …

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Jul 11

Feature Video–11th July–Scott Nixon Home Movies

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The Scott Nixon Home Movies Collection by Charles Sinclair Anyone who browses the Scott Nixon collection will begin to get to know the man behind the camera.  Mr. Nixon had many passions which he explored and documented habitually.  The stories reveal that he had a great interest in the mechanical marvel which is the railway train, …

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Jun 27

Feature Video – 27th June – Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman

Linda Wiseman feeds a squirrel at the zoo

Lulu Belle and Scotty ranked among the biggest country music stars of the late 1930s. Both launched their careers on WLS’s “National Barn Dance,” broadcast out of Chicago. Myrtle Eleanor Cooper started appearing on the Barn Dance as the comic character “Lulu Belle” at age 20, alongside Rambling Red Foley. When Foley got married, program …

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Jun 19

Feature Video – 20th June – Amelia Earhart


My favorite part from this great clip of Amelia Earhart is actually the outtakes that are seen at the very end, which show Amelia on board of the Mayor of New York James Walker’s boat. She is being questioned by reporters in a light hearted manner about her solo transatlantic flight from which she has …

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Jun 04

Images from Normandy, June 6, 1944–featured video

On June 6 1944, over 160,000 allied soldiers landed on the beaches Normandy or dropped behind the German coastal defenses.  The D-day invasion was the largest amphibious operation ever undertaken.  This week’s featured video draws on films of the event from the Fox Movietone News Collection and the C.E. Feltner, JR. Collection. The first 23 …

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May 23

Feature Video – 23rd May – Bonnie and Clyde


The feature video on the MIRC website for this week is presented on the anniversary of the day that the wanted outlaws, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, were killed in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They were being hunted in the aftermath …

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May 17

Feature Video – 17th May – Dambusters Raid

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As we are changing our feature videos on a weekly basis, I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of the interesting facts and research material that I find out for each video that we post on our website. This weeks feature video is to commemorate the anniversary of Operation Chastise, carried out …

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