James Riddle (Jimmy) Hoffa was interviewed at Cornell University’s ILR School in April 1975, only 3 months before he disappeared. Hoffa was on campus for a series of meetings and lectures and, according to Professor Cletus Daniel, Hoffa was asked for a filmed interview early that morning but he declined. Throughout the day’s meetings and discussions, Daniel continued to talk with Hoffa. During lunch, Daniel told Hoffa that he had been a Teamster, and showed Hoffa his separation card. Seeing that, Hoffa felt more comfortable with the idea of an interview and agreed to it.
Because the interview was arranged at the last minute, the best video recording equipment was already in use. As a result, the sound and visual tracks on the original recording are poor quality.