WNBQ Channel 5 - The Dorsey Connors Show (Part 2, 1963)

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Here's Part 2 (the final part) of an edition of The Dorsey Connors Show on WNBQ Channel 5 (which, like most shows of this period, is only available via 16mm kinescope film). Ms. Connors, who died on September 5th 2007, was a fixture on Chicago radio and television in the early years of the latter medium, with a daytime program that was along the lines of shows such as that of Lee Phillip on WBBM Channel 2. But whereas Ms. Phillip continually remade herself (and in the process, remained a Chicago TV presence well into the mid-1980's), Ms. Connors' program left the air in 1964 (the same year WNBQ changed its call letters to the current WMAQ-TV) after a 13-year run and she became a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for the next 35 years.

This part includes:

Dorsey speaking with Mrs. Miriam Cohen, a Chicago housewife, about the motivation behind her children's board games, "Smarty" (an arithmetic bingo game for ages 7-12) and "The Winning Touch!" (a game that teaches multiplication, beginning with fourth grade and with no upper age limit; Miriam describes it as being similar to Scrabble). A shot of the back top cover of "The Winning Touch!" is shown in the course of the interview, with all the answers; followed by a shot of the blank chart, showing how the game is played. Miriam explains that arithmetic was her worst subject in school, and this may have motivated her to create these games; she also talks about how reading and arithmetic have been in the news of late. She then goes on about how she had taught children in World War II, and her philosophy of "getting children in the middle" to get them interested in these areas developed in that period and beyond; and how the games she developed while in the school system then led to their ultimate marketing by Marshall Field's, beginning with "Smarty" around 1958. She says she tried it on her children (who, at the time of this show, were 11 and 8), and other children around her neighborhood, and any school that would allow her in; she also notes that her games were played as far afield as Greece. She even brings up the "New Math" philosophy of teaching that was developing in schools during this period.

After the interview ends, Dorsey says her goodbyes and advises she'll be back the next day at 12:15pm.

Ending title cards (hand typeset):

Miss Connors' Clothes Furnished by Couture, Inc., 143 E. Ontario

Promo (with voiceover by Jim Hill?) for NBC News Day Report, followed by Weather At Noon with Harry Volkman, The Dorsey Connors Show at 12:15pm (with Dorsey interviewing an Egyptian actress), and People Are Funny starring Art Linkletter at 12:30pm

Brief art slide for Jean Cameron, before cutting to a 5-step greyscale pattern

This aired on local Chicago TV at 12:15pm the week of January 28th 1963 (had to be either Monday the 28th, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)


Date Uploaded: 09/01/2012

Tags: WMAQ Channel 5   Black & White Clips (As Originally Aired)   1950s & 1960s     




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After the interview ends, Dorsey says her goodbyes and advises she'll be back the next day at 12:15pm.

Ending title cards (hand typeset):

Miss Connors' Clothes Furnished by Couture, Inc., 143 E. Ontario

Promo (with voiceover by Jim Hill?) for NBC News Day Report, followed by Weather At Noon with Harry Volkman, The Dorsey Connors Show at 12:15pm (with Dorsey interviewing an Egyptian actress), and People Are Funny starring Art Linkletter at 12:30pm

Brief art slide for Jean Cameron, before cutting to a 5-step greyscale pattern

This aired on local Chicago TV at 12:15pm the week of January 28th 1963 (had to be either Monday the 28th, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)" /> Share

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