Scott Feldmeyer Papers, 1976-1999


Summary Information
Title: Scott Feldmeyer Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1976-1999

Creator:
  • Feldmeyer, Scott, 1953-2000
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 195

Quantity:
  • 1.2 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
  • 22 videocassettes
  • 10 audio cassettes
  • 3 audio reels

Repository:
Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Abstract:
The collection consists of Scott Feldmeyer's papers documenting his work as a reporter in the Milwaukee area. The centerpiece of the collection is audio and videotaped interviews and broadcasts on issues pertaining to Milwaukee in the 1980's and early 1990's, including the trial of mob boss Frank Balistreri on charges of gambling and money laundering; Lawrencia Bembenek's escape from prison, flight to Canada, and extradition; the Jeffrey Dahmer serial killings and trial; and Michael McGee and corruption in Milwaukee City and County Government. In addition to the audio and videotapes, the collection contains correspondence, photographs, materials relating to a variety of honors and awards Feldmeyer received, copies of columns he wrote in the late 1990's for the City Edition and The Paper, and a wide selection of journalism memorabilia.

Language: English

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Biography/History

Scott Feldmeyer was a native of the south side of Milwaukee, graduating from Notre Dame High School and then from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in journalism. He began his career in 1975 as a copy kid at the Milwaukee Sentinel. Over the next 25 years he worked at many of the major news outlets in Milwaukee including WITI-TV (Channel 6), WISN-TV (Channel 12), the Milwaukee Journal, the Shepherd Express-Metro, City Edition, The Paper, as well as a short stint for the National Enquirer.

Feldmeyer was the recipient of many local awards in journalism, including reporter of the year. He was an active member in the Milwaukee Press Club and served as president in 1984. In October of 1992 Feldmeyer fell from a retaining wall near his property in Milwaukee and broke his back. He was paralyzed from the waist down and had limited use of his arms and hands.

After his recovery a friend introduced him to the internet and he started working from his home, looking for information about Milwaukee and writing articles for online newspapers. He wrote for the Shepherd Express and City Edition/The Paper from 1995 until his death in 2000.

Arrangement of the Materials

The collection is arranged by format.

  1. Manuscripts, 1976-1998
  2. Audio cassettes, 1984-1992
  3. Audio reels, 1979, undated
  4. Videorecordings, 1982-1991
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Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.


Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).


Acquisition Information

John McKinstra donated this collection to the Archives in December 2002 (accession 2002-063), June 2004 (2003-096), and August 2006 (2006-007).


Processing Information

Matt Peterson processed accession 2002-063 in May 2004. Nancy Thomadsen processed accession 2003-096 in April 2006. Ryan Claringbole processed accession 2006-007 in August 2006.


Contents List
Series: 1. Manuscripts, 1976-1998
Arrangement of the Materials: Arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.
Awards
Box   1
Folder   1
Award of Excellence, 1991
Box   1
Folder   2
Certificate of Survival, 1979
Box   1
Folder   3
Community Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2874, 1991
Box   1
Folder   4
Milwaukee Press Club, 1988-1989
Box   1
Folder   5
Northwest Broadcast News Association, undated
Box   1
Folder   6
Reporter of the Year, Milwaukee Police Association, 1991
Box   1
Folder   7
Business Cards, undated
Box   1
Folder   8-10
Correspondence, 1969-1997
Box   2
Folder   1
Diploma, UWM, 1976
Box   1
Folder   11
Hong Kong Press Club, 1976, 1984-1985, undated
Box   1
Folder   12
Membership Cards, 1982-1986, undated
Box   1
Folder   13
Memorabilia, undated
Box   2
Folder   2
Milwaukee Arts Board, Nomination and Certificates, 1996-1997
Box   1
Folder   14
News Clippings, 1981-2000, undated
Box   2
Folder   3
News Columns for City Edition, 1995-1997
Box   2
Folder   4
News Columns for The Paper, 1997-1999
Box   2
Folder   5
The Paper, Media Information, 1997-1998
Box   2
Folder   6
Photograph with James Lovell, 1996?
Box   1
Folder   15
Photographs, 1978-1996, undated
Box   1
Folder   16
Postcards, 1984-1985
Box   1
Folder   17
Press Passes, 1982-1996
Box   1
Folder   18
Program, Commencement Exercises, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Signed by Eugene Kranz and Capt. James Lovell, 1996
Box   1
Folder   19
Program, Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, 1982
Box   1
Folder   20
Society of American Journalists, 1982
Series: 2. Audio Cassettes, 1984-1992
Arrangement of the Materials: These include both broadcasts and interviews conducted by Scott Feldmeyer.
Broadcast, WISN News Radio AM1130
Audio   1
Lawrencia Bembenek, 1992
Audio   2
Identity Theft: Milwaukeeans Personal Information Sold to Prisoners in Florida, 1992
Audio   3
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Interview with Munich Mayor, undated
Audio   4
True Confessions: The Story of Why Milwaukee Police Refuse to Tape Criminal Confessions, 1992
Audio   5
Bush, George H. W., Presidential Rally, September 30, 1992
Audio   6
Interviews, Various; Unnamed Alderman, Fire Commissioner, Archbishop, undated
Audio   7
Lovell, James, Telephone Interview, undated
Audio   8
Mayor Maier, Financial Disclosure Statement and Follow-up, undated
Audio   9
Mayor Maier, Fundraiser/ Interview with Fire Chief Re: Use of 911 in Milwaukee, undated
Audio   10
Sewage Commission, Interviews and Information, May 17, 1984
Series: 3. Audio Reels, 1979, undated
Arrangement of the Materials: Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Audio   2
Leonard Brown, Interview, undated
Audio   3
President Carter, Speech, March 31, 1979
Audio   1
Sewer Commission, undated
Series: 4. Videorecordings, 1982-1991
Arrangement of the Materials: Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. When there are multiple segments on a tape, a time code is provided. (The time code is the counter number when the tape is started from the beginning with a setting of 000.)
Video   1

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: 60 Minutes, Segment on Violence in Milwaukee, Includes an interview with Mayor Norquist, 1990 -- Bembenek, Lawrencia, 1990 -- Dillinger, Movie, Made for TV, Filmed in Milwaukee, 1990
Video   2

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Geraldo Rivera Show, Lawrencia Bembenek, undated -- America's Most Wanted, Caught, Lawrencia Bembenek, undated [Time Code 964]
Video   3

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Ask The Media, Seven Person Panel of Milwaukee Journalists Moderated by Peter Jennings, 1987
Video   4

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Dahmer, Jeff, News Coverage, 1991 -- Bembenek, Lawrencia, Testifies in Canada, 1991 -- Dahmer, Jeff, Nightline Interview with Police Chief Arriolla, 1991
Video   5

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Feldmeyer Legal Action against O.C. White Company, 1982 [Time Code: 110] -- 20/20, Falklands War, John Williams, undated [Time Code: 181]
Video   6

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Feldmeyer, Injunction brought against Scott Feldmeyer by Channel 6 News. He is prohibited from using any work produced while working at TV6 and can not work at another broadcast station for one year due to breach of contract, 1990 [Time Code: 133] -- Court Case of Mike Miller, Former TV6 Journalist over Contract Dispute, 1990 [Time Code: 184]
Video   7

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Channel 12 This Week, March 20,1988 -- I-Team Report, "Phoenix Redevelopment Project," 1987 [Time Code: 450]
Video   8

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Special Assignment, "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity," 1986 -- I-Team Report, "Semi-Safe? A Look at the Truck Weight Laws," 1988 [Time Code: 242] -- I-Team Report, "To Stop a Car Thief" Produced by Scott Feldmeyer, 1984 [Time Code: 475] -- City of Festivals Parade, 1986 [Time Code: 651]
Video   9

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Milwaukee Police Investigation, Laura Schwefel, 1988 [Time Code: 611] -- I-Team Report, "Semi-Safe?", Part I-III, 1988 [Time Code: 635] -- Illegal Dumping by Diamond F Corp., 1988 [Time Code: 647] -- I-Team Report, "Semi-Safe?", Part IV-V, 1988 [Time Code: 661] -- Illegal Dumping by Diamond F Corp., 1988 [Time Code: 673] -- Cell Phone Abuse by County Employees, 1988 [Time Code: 685] -- Cell Phone Abuse by County Employees, Call for County Records, 1988 [Time Code: 705]
Video   10

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Shooting at Four Seasons Restaurant, Oak Creek, undated [Time Code: 000] -- Bembenek, Lawrencia, 10-year Anniversary of Shooting, undated [Time Code: 034] -- 48 Hours, Gangsters, undated
Video   11

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: DeRance Lawsuit, 1984 -- I-Team Report, "To Stop a Car Thief" Produced by Scott Feldmeyer, 1984 [Time Code: 27] -- Interview with Ronald Rewald, 1984 [Time Code: 292] -- I-Team Report, "Hot Gold, Cold Cash" Report on Jewelry Theft, 1984 [Time Code: 377] -- Warner Amex Cable Company Changes Contract with Milwaukee, 1984 [Time Code: 512] -- Balistreri Trial, Verdict Upheld on Appeal, 1984 [Time Code: 595]
Video   12

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Adonnis, Max, Murdered at Giovanni's Restaurant, Connected to Organized Crime, 1989 [Time Code: 30] -- I-Team Report, "Send Help. Hurry!" Parts I-III, 1989 [Time Code: 161] -- Adonnis, Max, Funeral, Time, 1989 [Code: 332] -- I-Team Report, "Send Help. Hurry!" Parts IV-V, 1989 [Time Code: 384] -- Balistreri Sons, John and Joe, Released from Prison, 1989 [Time Code: 461] -- Chamberlain, Merrill, Murder Trial, 1989 [Time Code: 503] -- I-Team Report, "Send Help. Hurry!" Follow-Up, 1989 [Time Code: 639] -- 60 Minutes, Milwaukee Judge Robert Landry Lets Jurors Ask Witnesses Questions, 1989 [Time Code: 661] -- Asbestos Found in Power Plant Being Torn Down, 1989 [Time Code: 715]
Video   13

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Balistreri Trial, 1983 [Time Code: 000] -- White, O.C., Pardon Request, 1983 [Time Code: 67] -- Balistreri Trial, Jury Deliberates, 1983 [Time Code: 119] -- Property Tax Rate Deadlock, 1983 [Time Code: 137] -- Year Ender, New Years-Eve, 1983 [Time Code: 217]
Video   14

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Common Council Meeting, unedited, 1991 [Time Code: 000] -- Dahmer, Jeff, Arraignment and Coverage of the First Days After Capture, 1991 [Time Code: 404]
Video   15

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: Bembenek, Lawrencia, Preliminary Extradition Hearing, 1991 [Time Code: 000] -- Bembenek, Lawrencia, Preliminary Extradition Hearing, 1991 [Time Code: 47] -- Bembenek, Lawrencia, Preliminary Extradition Hearing, 1991 [Time Code: 90] -- Summer Fest, Bad Water, 1991 [Time Code: 112] -- Hearing, Locust Street Festival Shooting, 1991 [Time Code: 481] -- Interview with Scott Feldmeyer by Channel 18 Regarding Lawrencia Bembenek Case, 1991 [Time Code: 916]
Video   17

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: I-Team Report, "Rooming House Fire" Suspect Identity Questioned, 1988 [Time Code: 10] -- I-Team Report, "Rooming House Fire" Suspect moved to Group Home, 1988 [Time Code: 87] -- I-Team Report, Leona Helmsley Tax Evasion, Milwaukee Property, 1988 [Time Code: 118] -- I-Team Report, Police Officer Suspended from the Force Breaking and Entering Own Rental Property, 1988 [Time Code: 157] -- I-Team Report, Ambassador Hotel Bankruptcy, 1988 [Time Code: 237] -- I-Team Report, "Rooming House Fire" Charges Dropped Against Suspect, 1988 [Time Code: 252] -- I-Team Report, Arriolla Named as Police Chief, 1988 [Time Code: 411] -- I-Team Report, Paradise Adult Book Store Tax Evasion Case, 1988 [Time Code: 558] -- I-Team Report, County Employees Receiving Exemptions from Court Costs, 1988 [Time Code: 720]
Video   18

Physical Description: Videocassette (Beta) 
Scope and Content Note: I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee Accused of Taking Kickbacks for Tavern Licenses, 1987 [Time Code: 25] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Federal Investigation into Extortion, 1987 [Time Code: 148] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Interview with Tavern Owner who was Extorted, 1987 [Time Code: 199] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Comments on Charges, 1987 [Time Code: 252] -- Interview with Common Council Members Mary Anne McNulty and John Kulwitz about Corruption in County Government, 1987 [Time Code: 819] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Accused of Attempting to Influence a Police Officer, 1987 [Time Code: 919] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Common Council May Censure, 1987 [Time Code: 963] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Editorial Regarding him by Andy Potos, 1987 [Time Code: 1050] -- I-Team Report, "Phoenix Redevelopment Project," 1987 [Time Code: 1060] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Censured by Common Council, 1987 [Time Code: 1075] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Response to Censure, 1987 [Time Code: 1100] -- I-Team Report, "Phoenix Redevelopment Project," 1987 [Time Code: 1106] -- I-Team Report, "Phoenix Redevelopment Project," Shut Down by Community Development Agency, 1987 [Time Code: 1150] -- I-Team Report, Alderman Michael McGee, Attempts to Force Businesses to Create Jobs for African Americans, 1987 [Time Code: 1158]
Video   19

Physical Description: Videocassette (U-matic) 
Scope and Content Note: Cahill Comments on Possible Choice of Howard Needles as Design Firm for Deep Tunnel, February 11, 1982 -- Sewer Consultants, March 7, 1983 -- Sewer Consultants, March 8, 1983 -- Sewer Story, $41.5 Million, March 17, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, House Fire, 6 O'Clock Report, March 19, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, House Fire, 10 O'Clock Report, March 19, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, House Fire, Raw Footage, March 19, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Re-indicted for Leading Gambling Ring, March 26, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Judge Warren Off Case, March 25, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Judge Warren Step Down, March 26, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Lawsuit, March 24, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Jury Selection, March 29, 1983
Video   20

Physical Description: Videocassette (U-matic) 
Scope and Content Note: Sewer Meeting, February 11, 1982 -- Siegrist, Sewer Packs, February 11, 1982 -- Pack on Frank Jefferson Sentencing, February 12, 1982 -- Court Order Against Sewer District, February 24, 1982 -- Sewer Commission Meets, February 25, 1982 -- Swedish Inventor Karl Dunkers, March 30, 1982 -- Racine Drug Dealers Indicted, April 7, 1982 -- Oliver Pluncktt Lawsuit, April, 1982
Video   21

Physical Description: Videocassette (U-matic) 
Scope and Content Note: Battling over the Budget, Produced by Scott Feldmeyer, April 2, 1985 -- The Byte Stuff, Segments 1-4, Produced by Scott Feldmeyer, undated -- Channel 12 This Week, Discussing Technology and Computer Hacking, undated -- The Cocaine Mirror, Produced by Scott Feldmeyer, April 11, 1985 -- Smugglers Blues, Produced by Scott Feldmeyer, April 11, 1985
Video   22

Physical Description: Videocassette (U-matic) 
Scope and Content Note: Balistreri Trial, Defense Rests, Synopsis, 6 O'Clock Report, September 28, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Defense Rests, Synopsis, 10 O'Clock Report, September 28, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Closing Arguments, 6 O'Clock Report, October 3, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Closing Arguments, 10 O'Clock Report, October 3, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Jury Deliberations, October 8, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Closing Arguments, October 4, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Calls for Mistrial, undated -- Balistreri Trial, Indicted in Federal Courts in Kansas City for Hidden Ownership of Las Vegas Casinos and Embezzlement, 6 O'clock Report, October 10, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Indicted in Federal Courts in Kansas City for Hidden Ownership of Las Vegas Casinos and Embezzlement, 10 O'clock Report, October 10, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Verdict, Guilty, 6 O'Clock Report, October 8, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, Verdict, Guilty, 10 O'Clock Report, October 8, 1983 -- Sewer Meeting, November 30, 1983 -- Balistreri Trial, John and Joe, unedited footage of them talking with Scott Feldmeyer, September 6, 1983
Video   23

Physical Description: Videocassette (U-matic) 
Scope and Content Note: Interview, Owner of the Safehouse Restaurant concerning Ronald Rewald, undated -- Milwaukee Housing Authority, Foreclosed House Auction, undated -- Aerial View of Industrial Area near Milwaukee Harbor, undated -- Interview with Ronald Rewald, undated -- Milwaukee Housing Authority, Synopsis of How Houses are Foreclosed on and Put up for Auction, undated -- Milwaukee Housing Authority, Concerns over How System Works, undated -- Mayor Maier Comments on Governor, undated