× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Funeral Home Industry / FTC #484565

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 28, 1975
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio) FTC (Federal Trade Commission) ends 2 year study of funeral industry 22,000 funeral homes in United States do $4 billion business yearly
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) FTC (Federal Trade Commission) proposes new rules for cost disclosure. Says funeral dirs. padded bills and made less expensive items ugly. [FTC spokesperson J. Thomas ROSCH - says some funeral homes require casket even if body to be cremated. Cheap container adequate.] FTC (Federal Trade Commission) says most of study flowed from "The American Way of Death" by Jessica Mitford. [MITFORD - says American funeral ind. decrees all must be embalmed. Casket must be bought to put "beautiful" object in. Prices charged according to what you can pay.] [National Funeral Dirs. Association Edward FITZGERALD - says many times funeral director talks family down. Baloney (to question with regard to sizing up clients).] Rules won't be enforced for year or 2.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Brokaw, Tom;
Stern, Carl

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.