Morley Safer was here

morleyMorley Safer of 60 Minutes was in Niles this past weekend. The octogenarian CBS news correspondent is working on a story involving local film historian David Kiehn.

Kiehn is the guy who figured out that the silent film, “A Trip Down Market Street,” wasn’t made in 1905 as originally thought, but was actually filmed just days before the 1906 earthquake.

Click here to learn how he figured it all out.

And here is the video:

Matt Artz


  1. Thanks Matt. I had seen this about 6 months ago but had no idea there was controversy related to the date. BTW, the original is great but I really like the version with the Air soundtrack. I think it actually helped make the film more popular. Here is the link.

  2. This is my all time favorite video on YouTube, however there is another out there that puts Market Street right after the earthquake side by side with this film.

    It’s all pretty awesome!

  3. Thanks to Greg as well. Guess this would be considered a very early Google Street View. I like the fact the gentlemen could keep their hats on while motoring in open air buggies and bikes could pretty much keep pace with them!

  4. Notice how differently people walked then. It seems they took longer strides and flexed their knees as they stepped. It may have been because there was no certainty as to the ground/paving under their feet.

    All in all, it is a great piece of work, especially considering that the camera was probably hand cranked for the whole duration of the trip.

  5. Are there any photos of the rig they rode on to do the filming? It’s obvious it attracted a great deal of attention from all along the route.

    As to your comment about their strides Gus, maybe the quality of the shoes had some affect on the walking gate; avoiding the horse droppings was also an ongoing concern.

  6. I think Gus has a big part of the answer – –

    Business took me to Europe for several weeks and making the daily walk up the hill to the Brussels-Centraal station, I quickly learned that the “shuffle” that nicely paved sidewalks and streets had cultivated dont cut it on a less-predictable (in this case – cobblestone) pavement.

  7. Matt, thanks for the great video of our past history.

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