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Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front

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Narrated by Paul Newman, Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front tells the colorful and inspirational life story of Pete McCloskey, a true American character. A war hero as a Marine during the Korean War, McCloskey was one of the nation's first environmental lawyers as well as one of the first lawyers to integrate his practice during the Civil Rights movement. He represented California's 11th District in Congress from 1967 to 1983. After being one of the first Congressmen to oppose the war in Vietnam, he ran against Richard Nixon for the Republican presidential nomination in 1972 in an attempt to end the Vietnam War.

In 1973, McCloskey was one of the first few members Congress to call for the impeachment of his party's President. In 2006, in opposition to the corruption and anti-conservation policies of his party, McCloskey ran against California Congressman Richard Pombo in the Republican primary, contributing to Pombo's defeat in the general election. "I've often said the political system couldn't stand too many McCloskeys," says his biographer, Lou Cannon, "But it needs a few of them. He's the original 'maverick.'"

McCloskey's story offers an example of an authentic hero who dedicates his life to public service, an elected official who follows his moral compass regardless of the prevailing political winds. Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front cuts through contemporary biases based on ideologies and party affiliations to open a unique window onto a crucial span of our history.

[Original air date: Sun, Jul 05, 2009]

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Filmmaker Profiles:

Robert Caughlan

Read more about Robert Caughlan, filmmaker of Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front.


Pete McCloskey -- Leading from the Front: Crew & Credits

Produced and Directed by
Robert Caughlan

Narrated by
Paul Newman

Steven Baigel
Jaime Kibben
Megan Scheer

Executive Producers
David L. Brown
Tom Schreck

Steven Baigel

Additional Editing
Shirley Gutierrez
Megan Sheer

Steven Baigel
David L. Brown
Michael Carrier
Rob Caughlan
Jaime Kibben
Michael Moore

Saigon Bride
Performed by Joan Baez
Lyrics by Nina Duscheck
Courtesy Vanguard Records

Original Music
Michael O'Neill
Chris Poehler

Narration Recording
Don Elliot Productions

Associate Producers
Heather Carawan
Hadley Dynak
Lorna MacMillan

Script Consultant
Stephen Most

Editing Consultant
Nathaniel Dorsky

Cari Costa

Charlie Canfield
Tal Skloot

Production Assistants
Emmanuelle Antolin
Rebecca Foster
Ashley Tindall
Marcel Uribe

On-line Edit
Shirley Guiterrez, KQED
Peter Borg, KQED

Audio Post-Production
Disher Music and Sound
Paul Zahnley, Re-recording mixer

Fiscal Sponsor
Resource Renewal Institute

Funding Provided by
Fleishhaker Foundation
Friends of McCloskey

Archival Footage
BBC Motion
Getty Motion
Corbis Motion
Joyce Deep
Producer's Library
People for the American Way
Alex Cherian, Bill Hillman Television Archive
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library
LBJ Library
Library of Congress
NBC Archives
MGM for Broadway Melody of 1940
New Hampshire Historical Society
Pacific Satellite News Service
Richard Nixon Library
Potrero Industries/ Frank Film
Rhode Island Historical Society
RKO for Cattle Queen of Montana
20th Century Fox for Curly Top
U.S. Marines
U.S. Navy
U.S. Senate History Office
Vanderbilt TV News Archive

Still Photographs
AP Images
Black Star
Neal Broffman
Corbis Images
Cory Anderson
Getty Images
Gina Halferty
Andy Freeberg
Terry and Dominic Grillo
Andy Jacobs
Helen and Pete McCloskey
The New York Times, All Rights Reserved
Chris Read
James Thomas - Cleveland State University Library
Tracy Press
US Department of Defense
US Sentate Historical Office
Cory Wolinsky
The Washington Post. All rights reserved
Richard Wong
Zuma Press

Special Thanks:
Pete McCloskey
Sue Ellen McCann
Elizabeth Pepin
Truly California, KQED
Anthony Falzone and Brandy Karl
Stanford University Fair Use Project
John McManus - Earth Justice
Fischetti Estate
Hoover Institution Archives
League of Conservation Voters
Lou Grant
Princeton University
Mary Chancellor
Robert Redford
The Wilderness Society
Lynn Adler
Bud Arnold
Margo Blair
Michael Brewer
Marty Brookman
Virginia L. Brown
Wayne Brown
Jerry Browning
Lewis Butler
Reid Dennis
Judy Ehrlich
Theo Ferguson
Pricilla Flynn
Christy Frazier
J.K. and E.A. French
Bob Friedman
Walter and Virginia Hartzell
John and Patricia Hooper
Lawrence Hooper
Mary B. Hooper
Patricia Hooper
Carole Iverson
Andy Jacobs
Kristina Kiehl
Annie McLane Kuster
Bradford W. Kuster
Bill and Jean Lane
George and Carolyn Lindsey
Charles F. Lowrey
Gerry Marcus
Muriel Marelich
Mark Massara
Helen Hooper McCloskey
Amy Meblin
Pamela G. Meyer
Stella Mogensen
Kate Minott
Bob Morris
Hon. William Newsom
Helen and Joseph Pickering
Caroline Rayfield
Paul O. Reimer
Katrina Rill
Al and Jo Schreck
John Skov
M.D. Tarshes
Max Thelen Jr.
Kathee Toy
Jerry Waldie
Jamie Wolf
Kevin Wolfe
Reeve Woolpert

In Memoriam
Jaime Kibben
Rodney Minott
Paul Newman

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