WBBM Channel 2 - TV2 News at 10 (Part 1, 1972)
Here's Part 1 of an edition of the TV2 News at 10 on WBBM Channel 2, with Bob Wallace substituting for then-regular anchor Bob McBride, and featuring brief appearances by sportscaster Brent Musburger and weatherman John Coughlin during the opening.
This edition was transferred from the original 2" Quad tape.
Tail end of commercial for A&P supermarkets - "WEO" (Where Economy Originates)
TV2 News at 10 opening, with voiceover (by ??) introducing Bob McBride, Brent Musburger and John Coughlin (notice the theme music sounds not too dissimilar to the future theme for WMAQ Channel 5's NewsCenter5)
Bob Wallace, announcing himself as substituting for the other Bob, leads off with the following stories:
- Mrs. Ellen Borden Stevenson, ex-wife of former 1952 and 1956 Democratic Presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II and mother of Senator Adlai Stevenson III (D-IL), dies of cancer in a Hammond, IN hospital at age 64 after being hospitalized for 10 days; she had divorced Adlai II during his years as Illinois Governor (in 1949, after 21 years of marriage); Bob concludes the obituary by noting that she was the daughter of oil billionaire John Borden
- Syndicated columnist Jack Anderson backtracks on his assertion that Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern's running mate Thomas Eagleton was arrested on a drunk-driving charge, but otherwise stands by his story and source; film clips of Eagleton at a press conference held during a meeting of Democrat campaign workers headed by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, asserting he was "vindicated" and that this was proof Anderson backed down, as well as firing off some barbed comments towards the press over his character; he says he will withdraw only if McGovern asks him to, and he doesn't expect that to happen any time soon; but an AP report quoting McGovern campaign staffers hints that there is a strong possibility he may indeed be replaced on the ticket (history shows that was not long in coming - Eagleton will withdraw on August 1st, to be replaced as McGovern's running mate by Sargent Shriver)
- Jesse Jackson is among those who thinks Eagleton should be replaced on the McGovern ticket, and recommends psychiatric screening for all future Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates
- President Nixon gets an endorsement from a group that is countering the "Vietnam Veterans Against the War"; these veterans (about 30,000 members strong) support Nixon's Vietnam policies; speakers included former Army helicopter pilot John Todd who was blinded while serving in South Vietnam, and a snippet of Todd's speech (in which he contrasts McGovern's "accepting the enemy's demands" with Nixon's record and platform, and adds that "our enemies endorse one [and] denounce the other") is shown
- McGovern characterizes the previous day's White House news conference as "the old, old Nixon at his worst" (Nixon had spoken of taking out North Vietnam in a day if he'd wanted to, and accused UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim of promoting Communist propaganda); McGovern accuses Nixon of "lacking an abiding moral sense"
- The State Department admits U.S. planes bombed dikes in North Vietnam, but not on purpose; they release CIA reports and aerial photos showing bomb craters at twelve points along the Red River Delta near Hanoi (but those photos are not shown here); CIA asserts the craters were near military targets
- Almost all the workers at the Kuppenheimer clothing factory are being laid off - permanently, with its Chicago plant and 600 workers being phased out; film clips shown of the workers marching outside union offices, and cheering when Kuppenheimer's owner, Harry Roth, came to negotiate a severance package with the union; a portion of an exchange between Roth and a union representative is also shown, in which Roth mentions customers have returned as much as they've bought, and therefore it was no longer possible to stay in business
- Chicago Bar Association promoting a brand of No-Fault car insurance for Illinois drivers, with anybody hurt in a traffic accident able to get up to $2,000 to pay their medical bills without having to go to court and people unable to return to work to get as much as $150 a week in compensation; the CBA hopes to get this proposal signed into law by year's end
Bob then teases updates on the Hanrahan trial and Chicagoans' troubles in finding jobs, before going to the first commercial break.
Commercial: Taster's Choice 100% Freeze-Dried Coffee - with parts from a coffee pot added onto Taster's Choice jar, and then a cup poured from it - "If You Didn't Know the Difference, You Couldn't Tell the Difference" (voiceover by ??)
Commercial: 1972 Volkswagen Beetle - with built-in service system that attaches to a computer that advises how each part works (voiceover by Adolph Caesar?)
Commercial: Lady Clairol Lightening and Conditioning Kit, to lighten a lady's hair color to any shade of blonde she desires (voiceover by ?? - sounds almost like Tammy Grimes)
This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, July 28th 1972 between 10pm and 10:08pm.
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