WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial Outtakes, "Speak Out" and Others (1979-80)
Here's a set of outtakes from WMAQ Channel 5's editorial director Dillon Smith, plus a few "Speak Out" vox pops thrown in for good measure.
Dillon counting down and introducing a "Speak Out" segment
A young woman in the 18-20 age range speaking about the legal drinking age (as a debate was raging about whether to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21)
An older man speaking about "turning it over to Picaxo"
Another older man speaking about how snow could be piled up after blizzards so as to facilitate cars and transportation travelling easier
A black man speaking about police patrols in different neighborhoods
A woman complaining about Governor Thompson in relation to "no new taxes" - "Who wants a Republican?"
Richard Russell of Rogers Park declaring himself "straight"
Rachel (?) saying "to the women of Chicago" that they should get out more, especially downtown
(?) saying "I need more money"
Udo Rosenbichler(?), originally from Austria, speaking about the prices and transportation (such as the subways and Greyhound buses)
Adam Gruber, a Chicago resident for 73 years, seeing Chicago "going down the drain," and citing various reasons (certain groups, filthy buses, music, pigeons flying down the Civic Center)
Another black man speaking about the snow removal during the blizzard, notably about what happened after his car was towed and asking how one could get a tow truck number at 3am
William Joseph Murphy announcing his intention to be the next candidate for Chicago Mayor - "I am an alien"
Another black man urging people take a more serious look at "President Kenny" and forgive him for the "mishap" at "Chickapatica" and his losing two brothers "in this election"
Cindy Perry, a switchboard operator at Grant Hospital, urging people not to blame switchboard operators if they get cut off while trying to reach the hospital by phone
Bob Murray and Jed (?) Russell saying to people of Chicago that the city is "a great place to make movies"
Chris (?) is set to identify himself before someone adjusts the mic to which he is to speak, and the tape cuts off
Dillon at City Hall, delivering an editorial about Mayor Jane Byrne's firing of budget director Donald Haider over a $29-million "mistake" - and making a mistake himself, before this clip ends
These would not have aired anywhere, but were taped during the 1979-80 period (the NBC mic flag with the red/blue color scheme, and not a peacock in sight, was one key to dating this, as was the piece on Teddy Kennedy's ill-fated 1980 Presidential run).
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