The Huffington’s Post’s Latino Politics section recently published an interesting post “Fidel Castro Interview Tape from 1959 Resurfaces in Animated Form” and a video by Blank on Blank, featuring a long-lost interview of Fidel Castro by Clark Galloway; the latter’s granddaughter, Laura Galloway, found the interviews under piles of papers and books—a trove of information about a bygone era.
Laura Galloway has unearthed a slice of history.
With the help of PBS and Blank on Blank, an organization dedicated to finding vintage interviews and bringing them to life, Galloway reconstructed a taped interview she found of her grandfather interviewing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. “I’d actually never heard my grandfather’s voice before,” Galloway says. “And so, to hear his voice doing this interview was just absolutely incredible to me.”
As Inter-American Affairs Editor for U.S. News and World Report, her grandfather Clark Galloway was a prominent journalist when he sat down with Castro in 1959, shortly after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. The sound of the tape captures the moment in time, with the sound of matches being struck, cigars puffing, and typewriters clacking.
It’s also interesting to see how much has changed from those early days before the Revolution embraced Communism to today. For one telling example, check out the way Fidel answers the question about the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo.
See Blank on Blank interview here: