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WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 News Special Report - Blizzard '79 (Part 1, 1979)

Here's Part 1 of a Channel 2 News Special Report on the Blizzard of 1979 - this update coming the day after the big snow hit. (has a tiny snippet of the ending of a WMAQ NewsCenter5 report at the beginning - you can recognize the theme music, as well as a flash of a CBS All in the Family slide - likely announcing the pre-emption for this report) Includes:

Carrie Cochran anchoring; Steve Shepard reporting on regular citizens clearing their streets; Phil Whitelaw doing the Weather; Emery King reporting about Mayor Bilandic's news conference, Chuck Gomez reporting from O'Hare Airport featuring stranded passengers Pat Miller, Joseph Searle, and Roy Engstrom.

Commercial: Zenith console televisions - "Do It Now! Buy Zenith" (voiceover by Bud Kelly)

Commercial: Yankee Doodle Dandy restaurants - "Free Fries" (yet another fossil of fast-food history - were they only in the Chicagoland area?)

Trivia Note: WBBM-TV anchor Carrie Cochran was once married to Bob Sirott. (Where is she now I wonder?)

This aired in local Chicago TV on Sunday, January 14th 1979 at 7pm.

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Since the Blizzard 1979 news specials for WMAQ and WBBM are uploaded, is the one for WLS next?
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 at 12:20pm.

I remember the 1979 blizzard,I was 8 yrs. old at the time and enjoyed playing in the snow! My Dad was a camera fanatic and loved to take pics. I have photos of both the 1979 and 1967 blizzards he took.
Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Sunday, February 6th 2011 at 10:19am.

Extra category added.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 14th 2012 at 9:05am.

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There were also Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor locations in the state of Illinois besides North Riverside, IL.:
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Circus Vargas is in California January to March of 2017.


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by Szake on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 1:02pm CT

Rick: The photos on http://www.boonsborovillage.com/ look like the place was built in the late 1960s, early 1970s. According to apartments.com, it was built in 1970.


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 8:24pm CT

Szake - Yes, but were those apartment buildings there 39 years ago? That's long ago enough that you have to at least ask the question. :-)


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by Szake on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 7:44pm CT

4715 Boonsboro Road is home to Boonsboro Village Apartments. There are 70 units in the 5 building complex, so maybe Jeff Taylor thinks that is a vague enough address to broadcast on TV... like if a Chicago reporter did that and said they live at 222 East Pearson, a building downtown with 709 condominiums in it.


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First off, looks like they were definitely moving away from the Field/Kaiser format from this point. They showed the closing credits all the way through this time, hehe.

Second, very interesting find (albeit a very short one) at the end of the tape. Don't see much of those "New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show" blackouts in syndication ...depending on who ran those TV episodes.


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R.I.P. to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus after May 2017.


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LaPrincess: I assume you were referring to Super Bowl XXI because XI was against the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. Of course Oakland won that game because the Vikings are like the Buffalo Bills of the 70's: made it to four Super Bowls and lost them all (except Buffalo had the honor of losing their four Super Bowls all in a row).


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LaPrincess: I think Ditka bringing in Doug Flutie pretty much spelled doom for the team and their chance of repeating. The bigger tragedy I think was the following year. You had the player strike and Ditka calling the replacement players the "real Bears." They lose again in the playoffs to the same team from the year prior (the Redskins, who would go on to destroy the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII), this time with a healthy McMahon, and to top it all off, it was Walter Payton's last year before his retirement.


Comment posted in McDonald's - The Chicago Bears - "Playoff Payoff" (Commercial, 1985) by LaPrincess on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 1:19pm CT

Brian, you reminded me of something, and that was how people jumped the gun. The stores had things like Superbowl XI champions long before the playoffs and of course they didn't make it to the Superbowl. I remember seeing the last game where they lost (which eliminated them) and how people were crying because they were so sure they'd make it.


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