Videotape production of the LMDSI Videotape Library commenced in 1975 at the unionized television studios of the University of Detroit. The initial recordings were of live labor arbitrations.
In view the U of D studios provided for only black and white productions, LMDSI sought other facilities for color production, but quickly realized only an in-house production facility could arise to the task.
Video One, Inc. provided the need. Wholly owned by M. David Keefe and Peter D. Keefe, a television production studio was carved out of an office building purchased by David in Oak Park, MI.
The Video One studio boasted a full cyclorama, three cameras and a well equipped control room, utilizing state-of-the-art video production equipment. Video One operated as a union shop, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 58. A van-based mobile production facility allowed Video One to go on location for taping of live labor arbitrations.
Managed by Peter, Video One produced all the audiovisual programs of the LMDSI Videotape Library under the Thinker Production trademark.
Peter served as Production Director of three camera operators, be that in the studio or on location. After consultation with David regarding content, Peter would then edit the productions into the programs of the LMDSI Videotape Library.