Although all too often local news stations in Minneapolis don’t hire dedicated staff prince WCCO, a regional CBS affiliate, has identified archivists as core members of their teams important video documentation of a small His Rroyal badness quite by accident.
Searching through old footage of a school strike in April 1970 for a story about a similar walkout from the previous month, WCCO production manager Matt Liddy spotted it a portrait of the artist as a young man. In order to verify Liddy’s discovery, presenter Jeff Wagner embarked on a mission to find corroborating details that would support the fact that the young child in the video is in fact a pre-mononymous Prince Nelson.
The kid appears on camera just long enough to offer some clues, but doesn’t give his name, making it difficult to be sure if it’s really him. Determined to back up their findings, WCCO and Wagner restore audio to the video, try to track down a fellow student, compare the footage to a fifth grade school photo of Prince, and go to a Prince fanatic’s home to tell her about it show recordings.
After declaring that videos of pre-teen Prince “almost don’t exist,” she watches the clip with the kind of joy that comes when she discovers home videos that have seemingly disappeared. One of Prince’s friends (and a former bandbuddy) is even more impressed when he sees old friends and hears the voice of “Skipper from the North Side” in the video.
Wagner takes that reaction as validation, and we’re reassured that the boy in blue who says teachers should go on strike and “get some extra pay for working overtime for us” is indeed Prince.
Hopefully, WCCO will now have the motivation to head up a new Prince research branch — a team of archaeologists in purple pith helmets and ruffled silk uniforms dedicated to excavating more material from Minneapolis Past.
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