Originally released on April 3rd.
Minneapolis Airport (WCCO) – Hundreds of WCCO movie archives are deep, if not thousands of opportunities going back in time. A treasure in a scroll has been hidden and untouched for 52 years.
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Date April 1970. Minneapolis Public Schools Educators Strike.
The WCCO restored the image to provide the context for the academics strike that took place in the same district last month.
When WCCO Production Manager Matt Leidy learned that a 13-minute video had been restored from the movie in 1970, he decided to watch it.
“I grew up in Minneapolis, so looking at the cool old buildings from where I grew up. Did I recognize my old school? Did I recognize any signs?” Said Lydie.
His interest turned into a discovery when he saw a reporter interviewing children who were involved in a teachers picket in the background next to the school. In particular, a boy answered a question that made Lydie speechless.
“I immediately went out to the newsroom and showed people, ‘I’m not going to tell you who this is, but who do you think this is?’ And every person [said] Prince, “said Lydie.
See for yourself: Scenes taken in the 1970s
We do not have the right equipment to listen to the film. The expert helped us to extract the audio. We heard the boy talking after the teachers asked about the strike. With a smile when his friends surrounded him, the boy, about 10 years old, said: “I think they should get a better education, and I think they should get some more money because they work, and they work extra hours for all of us.
It was similar to the child version of the Minneapolis child Prince Nelson, who would become an international music icon. But there was a problem. The reporter never heard the baby’s name.
“He did not say, ‘I’m Prince Nelson,'” Lyddy said.
This started our investigation. Just before the guy who appeared to be the prince was interviewed, another boy spoke up. He said his name without being asked. His name is Ronnie Kitchen.
We spent a day searching for phone numbers and addresses and trying to find Ronnie Kitchen, who is at least 60 years old. He looked like a teenager in the video 52 years ago. But the phone numbers and addresses we found were at a dead end.
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How about a picture? A one-year-old book photo of Prince studying in fifth grade has surfaced online. There were similarities in facial structure, but in the interview we found out the prince would have been in sixth grade. We needed an expert who took us to Kristen Zschomler. He is a professional historian and archaeologist who studies the properties and identities surrounding the Twin Cities. He was a devoted fan of Prince, where he grew up in Minneapolis, where he went to school, basically wanting to make sure other fans had a reliable knowledge of his life before he became a superstar.
“They called him Skipper,” he said, showing us a family photo of a toddler prince. “I have written a great document outlining his historical journey from the northern part of Minneapolis to Paisley Park and around the world.”
The document is over 100 pages long.
Zschomler said videos of the teenage prince were not in public view.
“As for the video, I know nothing. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist but I’m not familiar with anyone, ”she said.
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Shortly after our interview, we showed a video of the 1970 strike. She gasped as the prince-looking boy entered the frame, and then a smile formed, following which she struggled to write a sentence as the video clip ended.
“Of course I think he’s. Oh my God. Yes, I think it’s definitely a prince,” she said.
Another component of the video caught her eye in the background.
“It definitely looks like Lincoln Junior High School, where he went to school in April 1970,” he said.
Zschomler showed us that the same school year of the strike is believed to be the sixth grade film of the prince. We compared it to the strike video. The hairstyle took place.
“There’s a lot in his habits and his eyes and everything that makes him look like him,” he said.
Despite the evidence, we still needed someone who knew the prince as a child. Zschomler connected us with Terence Jackson.
“We’ve been going back to kindergarten at John Hay Elementary in North Minneapolis,” Jackson said.
He was a childhood friend and former neighbor, who was at the Prince’s first band, Grand Central, when they were teenagers.
“God, that’s the kitchen,” Jackson shouted as the video began, with Ronnie immediately recognizing Kitchen as a teenager. “That’s Prince! I stand there with the hat on, right? That’s it Captain! God! ”
He was stunned by the laughter. Then the prince began to speak. Jackson calmed down and said “wow” only a few times softly. At the end of the video, he wiped the tears from his eyes and smiled again.
“I feel like I was crushed. I was completely shattered,” he said, flooding their childhood memories.
“He was already playing guitar and keys, bluntly,” Jackson said. “Music became our sport. Since he was an athlete, I was an athlete, but we wanted to compete in music.
Jackson’s wife Roda grew up with them. When she saw the prince she could not suppress a laugh and heard him speak as an 11 year old boy.
“It’s amazing to see him, young and young, and to hear his voice,” Roda said.
Our mystery about one of the most mysterious men in music has been solved. A young city kid, many years ago he put his city and its sound on a map.
“That’s Prince, Captain for Northside,” Jackson said.
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“You know he saw the prince as a little kid at his nearest school, and it helps him to have that Minneapolis connection,” Zschomler said. “It helps to understand what Minneapolis means to him, even if he has only temporary views of what he stood for when he lived in Minneapolis, the coexistence he had with his hometown.”