Roy Wilkins earned his professional chops as a Twin Cities journalist. But it was as an activist and director of the NAACP, says producer Britt Aamodt, that Wilkins helped change history with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It was the first and only of its kind: a national women’s conference funded by the U.S. Congress. Britt Aamodt takes a look at the Minnesota delegates who traveled to the historic November 1977 conference in Houston, Texas.
Minnesota native Peter Graves was best known as a dramatic actor in the TV series Mission: Impossible. So why was he being asked to star in a comedy spoof? Britt Aamodt looks at Graves’s tour of duty as Captain Oveur in 1980’s Airplane.
Lorena Hickok is best remembered to history because of her friendship—or was it relationship?—with Eleanor Roosevelt. Britt Aamodt has the story that came before, of Hick’s apprenticeship as a Minneapolis reporter and the first love of the life, Ella Morse.
Carole Lombard was the queen of 1930’s screwball comedies, and she was married to Clark Gable. The two Second Lieutenants from Minnesota never expected to end up on a night flight with her, and, says Britt Aamodt, never expected it to be their last.
Abigail Quigley McCarthy, wife of US Senator for Minnesota Eugene McCarthy, had gotten to know Civil Rights activist Coretta Scott King through their work for Church Women United. Britt Aamodt recounts the meeting of the two women at the Atlanta airport in April 1968 in the tragic aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.
In 1991, writer and poet Kathleen Norris found herself living at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, praying with the monks and eating communally. Britt Aamodt traces Norris’ nine months at the abbey to the publication of her memoir The Cloister Walk.
In 1951, James Arness was having problems landing Hollywood roles because of his height, 6 feet 7 inches. But that all changed when he was cast as an alien frozen in ice. Britt Aamodt recounts Arness’s turn in the classic sci-fi film The Thing from Another World.