WMAQ Channel 5 - 5 Cheers Chicago's New Year (Part 2, 1980/1981)
Back to Warner and Jerry, who (as well as the chyron display) remind the audience that they're at Miomir's Serbian Club at 2255 W. Lawrence, and Jerry explaining he'd earlier done a weather report in the middle of the street; he then happens on a sharp-dressed guy, Scott (?) of Evanston, IL, in a three-piece suit, having a real good time with friends and relatives (including his father, mother and aunt); Jerry explains his wife is working the other side of the place, and he's not having that much fun, at which point the feed from Miomir's cuts out...
...and we go back to Carol at the Abbey Pub, where she's speaking with Terry Costiyan(?), 75, a shanachie (Irish storyteller) who also plays the concertina, as the camera shows him on the instrument
Back to Miomir's, where Warner is speaking with Chef Alfred(?), who's responsible for the food fare served at the club, and he explains that a woman, Donna(?), is responsible for what is prepared
Going to the Fireside Lounge, and Barry is speaking with drummer Red Holt, who describes the Perfect Element group who is currently playing during the interview, and what they're about and how they got together (at a workshop called Gumption Workshop) - and that the members include his own children; the subject then turns to traditional jazz and Chicago's connection thereto; as they speak, we see the group's bassist cavorting around the stage
Back at Miomir's (where the band is playing "Brazil"), a waitress is holding a tray with glasses of Serbian tea and explains to Warner and Jerry what's in it (plum brandy, sugar and honey); the drink is normally sipped rather than downed
Transitioning again to the Abbey Pub, Carol introduces Jim McGinn(?) and Mark Howard before an Irish dance (a "tipping reel") breaks out; a demonstration of this dance (done with shoes with hard nails) is then presented
Returning to Miomir's, Warner interviews band musician Jovan(?) who's been playing all night (and holding court for many years); Warner compliments him for "really [turning] the place on"; Jerry than happens on a reveler who's dancing with a lady (and "not having fun at all" - yeah, sure), before signaling to a taped piece...
We next see differing New Year's Eve celebrations at Buffoons III at 1934 W. Irving Park Road, an "urban cowboy" type joint; Timber Lanes at 1851 W. Irving Park Road, with bowling lanes, and bowling by candlelight; then at The Night Light at 3447 W. Irving Park Road, a Christian establishment where no alcohol is served; while at Earl of Old Town at 1615 N. Wells, where Steve Goodman has held court every New Year's Eve since 1968 "whether he needs the money or not"
Next we go back to Warner and Jerry at Miomir's, where they recount Warner's stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, at which point Jerry signals for another commercial break.
New Year's prediction super bumper over the Fireside Lounge action (with "Ding Dong; Ding Dong" playing): CHUCK HENRY: I predict the Cubs will open the baseball season in April. Beyond That..., followed by 5 Cheers Chicago's New Year super bumper
Promo for upcoming appearance by legendary conductor Eugene Ormandy with the Chicago Symphony on January 7th at 8pm (voiceover by ??)
Commercial for Christmas Flower Show at the Chicago Park District - with opening shot of poinsettias and description of the various colors (voiceover by ??)
Commercial: Children of a Lesser God at the Blackstone Theatre (main voiceover by ??) (ending voiceover by ??)
Promo for NewsCenter5 at 4:30, 6pm and 10pm, encapsulating the events of 1980, including teachers' and firefighters' strikes, rise in inflation, John Wayne Gacy's trial, Dick Kay's report on the first year of Mayor Jane Byrne's term in office, Roger Ebert's showcasing of top performers, Linda Yu in China, Warner Saunders at Cabrini-Green, security guard abuses in Chicago stores, Chuck Henry reporting on Cuban flotillas and Paul Hogan reporting on a young boy (Walter Polovchak) hoping to stay, Bonnie Haines on fraud, Rich Samuels on child exploitation, Dr. Barry Kaufman on Interferon, and Ton Korzeniowski on strikes in Poland; plus a pledge to meet the challenges of 1981 (voiceover by ??)
This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, December 31st 1980 / Thursday, January 1st 1981 during the 11:30pm to 12:30am timeframe.
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