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WBBM Channel 2 - "Living History (Bloopers)" (Part 3, 1978/1979)

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Here's Part 3 of a blooper reel from WBBM Channel 2, of moments that went wrong on live TV and other moments which ended up on the cutting room floor. (NOTE: Some of the language is strong.)

This part features (in order of first appearance): Susan Anderson, Mort Crim, Walter Jacobson, Bill Kurtis, Roger Field, Harry Porterfield, Johnny Morris (and his then-wife Jeannie), Arnold Palmer, Tom Korzeniowski, Harry Volkman (who invariably addressed him as "Sam"), John Drumm...

Thinkabout (Ending Credits, 1979)

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Here are the ending credits for Thinkabout, "a cooperative project for acquiring skills essential to learning", which was an instructional program for children, produced in 1979 by the Agency for Instructional Television, in association with various contributing television stations in the United States and Canada.

It was distributed to PBS and educational stations across the US and Canada as late as the mid-to-late 1980s.

The sixty programs produced were aimed f...

WFLD Channel 32 - Scared Straight! (Part 1, 1979)

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Here's Part 1 of the controversial documentary Scared Straight! as aired on WFLD Channel 32. This Academy Award-winning special program, which dealt with a group of juvenile delinquents at a three-hour session with actual convicts serving life imprisonment at Rahway State Prison in New Jersey, was directed by Arnold Shapiro and hosted by Peter Falk. This airing was of an "encore presentation."

A side note: The nationally-syndicated Scared Straight! also aired i...

WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial 5 - "Firefighters' Strike" (1980)

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Here's an editorial by Dillon Smith, Editorial Director of WMAQ Channel 5, on the Chicago firefighters' strike which, at the time of this editorial, was in its sixth day.

Dillon applauds Mayor Jane Byrne's tough stand against the strikers, yet laces into her for using language such as "goon squads" - but to be sure, he does not in any way support the strike which he emphasizes is illegal and "irresponsible." He cannot comprehend the Chicago Federation of Labor's support for th...

WFLD Channel 32 - Scared Straight! (Part 4, 1979)

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Here's Part 4 of the controversial Academy Award-winning documentary Scared Straight! (hosted and narrated by Peter Falk) as aired on WFLD Channel 32. This was from an "encore presentation." Includes:

"27 Years" orders the audience members to sit up, and gets into the face of several of them, even so far as to threaten to bite off the nose of one teen; he bluntly points out that what they see on TV is "fantasy," and that in real life when one does time, they do time...

Long Chevrolet - "Extra Camaros!" (Commercial, 1980)

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Here's another one of the original, infamous Long Chevrolet commercials with Timmy the Newsboy shouting "Extra, Extra!" ad infinitum.

"All new cars Acutrac checked!"

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, February 9th 1980.

WYCC Channel 20 - "First Broadcast" (Part 2, 1983)

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Here's Part 2 of the first broadcast from WYCC Channel 20, which arose from the ashes of the previous occupant of that dial position, WXXW, which had left the air in 1974. Featured in this clip are Program Director Elynne Chaplik and Oscar Shabat, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago. Includes:

WYCC Program Director Elynne Chaplik (later Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, the station's guiding light through the 1990's), welcomes people to the "new" Channel 20 with a profile on the Cit...

Long Chevrolet - "Camaros" (Commercial, 1979)

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Here's another Long Chevrolet commercial with Timmy all grown up. Actually, they must have reused commercials or something because he seems older in this one from 1979 than he does in one that aired in 1981.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, September 9th 1979.

WTTG Channel 5 - Panorama - News at Noon (Ending Segment, 1978)

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Here's the ending moments of the Panorama - News at Noon on WTTG Channel 5 in Washington, DC. The main anchor was Pat Mitchell (now the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media), and the "Total Communication News" (for the deaf or hard of hearing) was delivered in a combination of speaking and sign language by Jim (?)

No shouting a la Garrett Morris on the early "Weekend Update" segments of Saturday Night Live, alas. It is a nice companion to

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