WCCO staff were searching the station archives for old clips of a local teacher strike in 1970 to add an article about the latest strike when they noticed a familiar face in one of the clips.
In the 1970 clip, the interviewer asked the young boy if most of the children attending the strike were in favor of teacher picketing. The boy, wearing a very familiar smile, replied, “Yes.”
“I think they should get more money because they work extra hours for us and that’s all,” he said in the clip.
WCCO staff were convinced that the boy they noticed was a prince – the only thing they lacked was footage where the boy was saying his name. So to verify his identity, the station contacted the prince’s old friend and classmate Teran Jackson, who knew Purple One from kindergarten and was performing with him in his first group, Grand Central.
When WCCO presenter Jeff Wagner showed Jackson the footage, the prince’s old friend smiled happily. And when he heard the young prince speak, Jackson was speechless and in tears.
“Wow, that’s it,” Jackson said after a frightening pause, confirming that the boy in the clip was indeed a teenager, Prince Roger Nelson. “I’m completely amazed.”
The young musician was already playing the guitar and keyboard by the time the video was shot, Jackson said.
Prince, as an 11-year-old, was discovered by the Minnesota News Station
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