ABC Network - World News Tonight - "The Crash of Flight 191" (Part 1, 1979)

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Here's Part 1 of a complete edition (with commercials) of ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in London and Max Robinson in Washington (Frank Reynolds was on vacation), from the day of the worst air disaster in U.S. history, the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 just outside Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Featuring Ron Miller. Includes:

Opening title segment (theme by Robert Israel for Score Productions) (voiceover by Bill Rice)

Max Robinson leads off with the crash coverage, mentioning that American Airlines cited 270 persons on board, and that the FAA reported no survivors. This leads to a report from Ron Miller on the crash. Clips from WLS Channel 7's coverage are shown throughout. Featuring interviews with eyewitness George Bliss (not identified) and Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard Albrecht.

Max says there will be a special report on the crash beginning at 11:30pm ET, 10:30pm CT. Then he teases upcoming stories about a Florida execution (the first in the U.S. in two years), a government report on the cost of living, and developments on the road to Mideast peace before the first commercial break.

Bumper (with figures for Dow Jones Industrial Average, the day's volume, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ; Dow Jones was down 5.63 this week)

Commercial: L'eggs Sheer Energy pantyhose - with testimonials from secretary Pamela Ann Meador, housewife Beverly Willis, sales manager Joyce McTyer and hair designer Karen Eigard (voiceover by ??)

Commercial: Cella Lambrusco Wine - with Aldo Cella, flanked by beautiful women - "Chill a Cella" (voiceover by ??)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, May 25th 1979 during the 5:30pm to 5:34pm timeframe.

Date Uploaded: 05/25/2011

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