CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 14, 1984
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(Studio) Mitch Snyder's hunger strike to call attention to plight of nation's homeless and Reagan administration's response recently recalled; films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Plight of mentally ill street people examined; films shown. "Crazy Mary," "Jim Spent," "Bro. John Francis" cited as exs. [FRANCIS - notes he's known as "kissypoo" and is a UFO; explains.] Deinstitutionalization movement's impact on forcing mentally ill onto streets reviewed; photos shown. [American Psychiatric Association spokesperson Dr. John TALBOTT - considers situation a national disgrace and tragedy; notes need for treatment for severely mentally ill.] [SPENT - hopes he's made sense.] [WOMAN - explains running away from institution] [Dr. Steve KATZ - notes mentally ill street people don't perceive themselves as sick.] [WOMAN - recalls life in institution] [Covery BURGESS - wants help.] [TALBOTT - doesn't believe these people's lives representative freedom.] [Macadio CRIST - has no family, sings.]
REPORTER: Harold Dow
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