The late U.S. Senator
Barry Goldwater has come to be viewed as a rare commodity:
An intellectually honest politician. "He has the courage
of his convictions," said some.
"I may not agree with him, but by God you can believe
what he says!" said others.
Barry Goldwater may
have lost the 1964 Presidential election but his story
warrants more than a political footnote. This program
is not just a political history. But as the title implies,
it is the broader story of an extraordinary American
Even if he had never served thirty-five years as a United
States Senator from Arizona, his story would be worth
telling: Born in Arizona Territory (January 1, 1909,)
the son of a somewhat patrician, pioneer, merchant family,
he can be described as a renaissance man.
Before he ever ran for public office (Phoenix City Council,
1949,) he was a world renowned photographer of Native
Americans; an explorer; amateur anthropologist; and
barn-storming pilot. He retired from the U.S. Air Force
Reserve as a two-star General.
This documentary has an additional element: Barry Goldwater
started shooting home movies on 16mm film as early as
1927, and continued to do so through the late 1960s.
He also accumulated numerous hours of news film and
campaign commercials from his 40-year political career.
He made these invaluable collections available to us
for the production of this biography.
AND A BONUS...
When Barry died, we produced
a special television broadcast of this documentary.
Where commercial breaks would have gone, we went to
three or four minute “in-studio” segments of reminiscences
about him. Participating in those discussions were his
brother, Bob Goldwater; former Congressman Barry Goldwater,
Jr.; Arizona Republic reporter Paul Schatt who “covered”
Barry for forty years; Arizona Governor Jane Hull; Congressman
John Shadegg, whose late father Steve Shadegg had been
Goldwater’s political advisor; and Bill McCune who produced
and hosts the documentary.
These segments, totaling nearly 24 minutes of remembrance,
have been edited together and added to the end of the
otherwise uninterrupted documentary.