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Friday, February 27th, 2015
Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Leonard Simon Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series, and in multiple film, television and video game sequels, has passed away in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2015. Mr. Nimoy was an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. In addition to Star Trek, Mr. Nimoy can be heard in the promos for "In Search Of" and in a voiceover for Mamiya Cameras - "The Computer Makes It Simple". He was 83.

WFLD Channel 32 - Star Trek Triad - "TREKnical Difficulties" (1984)

Here's a technical difficulties moment from Star Trek Triad - a several hours long block of Star Trek episodes combined with commentary from Leonard Nimoy and trivia questions. This special was created for the promotion of the new movie Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Includes:

Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Triad commercial bumper

About 20 seconds of black

A couple second flash of the WFLD on-screen station ID

WFLD Special Presentation slide (why are the slides always dark looking during technical difficulties? See here for another example)

Trek Trivia answer segment (Voiceover by Jim Barton)

More of the WFLD Special Presentation slide

WLS radio AM 89 and FM 94.7 Larry Lujack "Superjock" commercial (1983 Copyright)

Another flash back to the WFLD Special Presentation slide

Another 10 seconds of black

Back to more Leonard Nimoy reminiscences.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, May 27th 1984.

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Fascinating.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Wednesday, August 20th 2008 at 12:13pm.

The break could've been say, 2:30 in length, but the log had only 2 minutes-perhaps traffic failed to put in the correct amount of spots.
Or, the operator may have needed to recue the tape because programming / traffic intentionally wanted to have a shorter break than scheduled and the operator failed to notice.

Or the timing sheet could've had the wrong time-length of break.

Or something just failed to play.

Comment posted by MATSYLPOFF on Wednesday, August 20th 2008 at 6:25pm.

Nah, it's just the staff at channel 32's been sleeping on the job again. :-P
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, August 20th 2008 at 6:51pm.

Could you upload the opening and closing from this?

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, August 20th 2008 at 7:10pm.

The WLS logo that flashes on the screen refers to the FM as "FM 94.7," but the sign on the wall behind Lujack's head says "FM 95." The commercial must have been produced right as WLS was re-branding itself for the era of digital tuners. Still, it was uncharacteristically sloppy for an inconsistency to slip into a WLS spot.
Comment posted by kba on Thursday, August 21st 2008 at 11:56am.

Cheap Trash showbiz reports...amazing how ahead of his time Uncle Lar really was. Now it's all you see on EVERY newscast!

BTW the classical music piece that played in the opening of the WLS commercial is "Montagues and Capulets" if anybody's keeping score:)

Comment posted by Galagafleetcommander on Thursday, August 21st 2008 at 8:19pm.

...hey, Uncle Lar looked hot back then! But about all that black and 'technical difficulties'? Maybe Channel 32 was looking for the Enterprise for some reason. Maybe they needed it to go fly someplace to lunch or something.
Comment posted by doodyville10019 on Friday, August 22nd 2008 at 9:10am.

GalagaFleetCommander - Thanks, I was wondering what that musical piece was. Do you know the composer?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, August 23rd 2008 at 12:31pm.

to answer your question Fuzz this is what the montagues and capulets Wikipedia page says

"Montagues and Capulets also known as Dance of the Knights is a score composed by Sergei Prokofiev. It is from Act I, Scene 2 of the ballet Romeo and Juliet."


Comment posted by Galagafleetcommander on Sunday, August 24th 2008 at 9:12am.

Thanks GFC. :-) There was a period when I was into classical - I used to listen to WNIB 97.1 every morning before it turned into The Drive. Obie Yadgar was the best!
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, August 24th 2008 at 10:33am.

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Via the Googles:

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Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by W.B. on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 9:02am CT

From what I've read, NYC rights to "Her Twelve Men" were held on and off by WOR Channel 9 for years.


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 10:45pm CT

Ok, I can do that. :-)


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by Phantom on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 10:25pm CT

I would love to see the Her Twelve Men bumper art card as a cover photo on the Facebook page. My research says WBBM first showed the film in 1973, so the art card probably is from that date.


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 9:48pm CT

Mentioning stuff that Fuzzy purposely tried to edit out: That's a Bozo no-no. ;-)

Seriously though, you're right and I will fix the clip to remove that. I don't like stuff that distracts from the main event. How do you think the poor Starbeat commercial feels when the only comment left about it refers to the .002 second flash of something unrelated at the end. Boo-hoo. ;-)


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 4:14pm CT

At the end on the clip, I saw a title card of the 1954 movie called "Her Twelve Men" starring Greer Garson. I might be wrong, but that movie's title card comes from The Late Show on channel 2.


Comment posted in Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1981) by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 4:07pm CT

Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...


Comment posted in Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1981) by W.B. on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 3:07pm CT

It did seem it was cheaper to buy it in the stores. (The LP topped both the Pop and County charts of Billboard, and was ultimately certified diamond - yes, folks, diamond. It had been originally issued in September 1980, after Rogers' previous label United Artists was folded into a revived Liberty and the UA name was retired for records by parent Capitol-EMI.)


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Notice also that Albert "Cubby" Broccoli was the producer (he did all the early James Bond movies) and Gert Frobe (Goldfinger) was in it.


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