WBBM Channel 2 - The Sunday News (Part 5, 1971)
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Here's Part 5 (the final part) of the early edition of The Sunday News on WBBM Channel 2, anchored by Bob Wallace. Also featuring Don Ramsell. Includes:
Bob reading or introducing the following items:
- ABC News President Elmer Lower, speaking in Chicago, rejects government charges of bias in their coverage of the Laotian conflict
- An office building in Belfast is rocked by a blast from a bomb believed thrown from a passing car; earlier in the day, teenage Catholics and Protestants clashed
- Conflicting reports on the East Pakistan civil war; rebel radio claims a new government was formed by Major Zia Khan with his forces marching on East Pakistan's capital, while Press Trust of India reports the government is appealing to West Pakistan for more troops to put down the uprising, and Rawalpindi accuses India of meddling in Pakistan's affairs (WFLD Channel 32's Del Clark reported on this civil war on one of that station's news updates during this period)
- The Census Bureau reports there are 3.5 million more elderly people in the U.S. than a decade ago, with almost 10% over 65 years of age; this leads into a report by Don Ramsell about Mrs. Julia Enander of Park Ridge, "Entertainer Extraordinaire" (and affectionally called "the Hildegarde of the nursing home"), 84 going on 85, shown at the piano playing such numbers as "Stars and Stripes Forever," telling a story about Gay 90's (1890s) teenagers to residents of the Park Ridge Terrace nursing home, and showing various relics of the past accompanied by "knee-slapping" comments; at one point in this report, a Presidential commendation to her "in recognition of exceptional service to others, in the finest American tradition," is shown.
Bob says good night, and advising he will return at 10:15pm after what he calls the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather (a title which would only apply starting in 1981 through 2005).
Ending with slide of nighttime Chicago skyline and voiceover (by ??) advising of the premiere of the new Peanuts special Play It Again, Charlie Brown, followed at 6:30pm by The Osmond Brothers' Special; with following closing credits shown:
Produced by T.M. Alderman
Directed by George Hurd
Written by Richard Kaplan, Mike Reeves
The Sunday News - Portions of This Program Were Previously Recorded
Commercial: Wrigley's Spearmint Gum (opening moments; tape cuts off in middle)
This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, March 28th 1971 during the 5:30pm to 6pm timeframe.
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