5:11 am
Thu January 3, 2013

From the WGBH Archives: Young Barney Frank Appears on 'Club 44' in 1976

Then-state Rep. Barney Frank appears on Club 44 in 1976.
Then-state Rep. Barney Frank appears on Club 44 in 1976.
Credit WGBH Archives

Long before YouTube and 24-hour cable news, WGBX-TV produced a program called "Club 44." Even by today's standards, the setting was unique -- on Friday nights, the Brighton studio was converted into a pop-up nightclub with a live audience.

On U.S. Rep. Barney Frank's last day in office, we present a 1976 clip from the WGBH Archives, when then-state Rep. Barney Frank appeared on "Club 44" to defend Boston's Combat Zone:

(Having trouble with this video? Click here to watch Barney Frank on Club 44 in 1976.)

"We're now faced in the city of Boston with a very serious problem," Frank said over raucous music and nightclub chatter. "We're confronting the question whether or not, with an understaffed police force, with a tax rate that's going up over the roof, we can make this city safe for the voyeurs from Wellesley."

Click the link below for more of Frank's greatest hits, including run-ins with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Michele Bachmann.