Narrated by Robert
My video dealing with the history of Rock Island, and its landmarks, is narrated by Robert Yapp, host of the syndicated talk show, House Doctor. It identifies each landmark in its historic setting by means of colored slides, period photographs, paintings, documents, and other archival images. It relates to the growth of the city from the Indian warrior "Black Hawk" a century and one half ago, through the era of the steamboat, railroad, lumber, and farm implement industries to the present day of tourism, riverboat gambling, and the current renovation of historic structures, such as factories, homes and schools.
The background classical guitar music is provided by Randy Pobanz, Instructor of Music at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. I play the harmonica.
The video was approved by the City of Rock Island, and financed in part by the Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society, the Rock Island Planning and Redevelopment Commission, and the American Bank.