The Museum of Classic Chicago Television

The Museum of Classic Chicago Television The official page of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (www.FuzzyMemories.TV), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our Mission: To further the acquisition, preservation, and display of historical Chicago Television broadcasts.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqjE8eVRUoI40 Years Ago Today:Here's a public service announcement for the MS Readathon,...
07/16/2021
MS Read-A-Thon (PSA, 1981)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqjE8eVRUoI

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a public service announcement for the MS Readathon, featuring an animated Sherlock Holmes type dog character.

Uses the same music a dental PSA.

"Call your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society"

This aired on July 16, 1981.

Here's a public service announcement for the MS Readathon, featuring an animated Sherlock Holmes type dog character.Uses the same music as this dental PSA."C...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl-nk-JP-0E42 Years Ago Today:Here's a cool commercial for the iconic Slurpee frozen dri...
07/14/2021
7-Eleven - "Slurpee Surprise" (Commercial, 1979)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl-nk-JP-0E

42 Years Ago Today:

Here's a cool commercial for the iconic Slurpee frozen drink from 7-11, here promoting their "Slurpee Surprise" - free on the bottom of each cup. (and no, the surprise isn't sticky residue from a previous Slurpee)

"It'll freeze your pipes..."

This aired on July 14, 1979.

Here's a cool commercial for the iconic Slurpee frozen drink from 7-11, here promoting their "Slurpee Surprise" - free on the bottom of each cup. (and no, th...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml5cPbVWo0I41 Years Ago Today:Here's a theatrical movie trailer for TV for the film "Pro...
07/13/2021
Prom Night (Trailer For TV #1, 1980)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml5cPbVWo0I

41 Years Ago Today:

Here's a theatrical movie trailer for TV for the film "Prom Night" with Leslie Nielsen and Jaime Lee Curtis.

This aired on July 13, 1980.

Here's a theatrical movie trailer for TV for the film "Prom Night".This aired on local Chicago TV early Sunday, July 13th 1980.About The Museum of Classic Ch...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HzFsRPP18c41 Years Ago Today:Here's a commercial for 7up soda featuring some baseball s...
07/12/2021
7up - "America's Turning 7up" (Commercial, 1980)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HzFsRPP18c

41 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for 7up soda featuring some baseball stars - the Cubs' Bruce Sutter, the Phillies' Mike Schmidt, and the Pirates' Dave Parker.

This aired on July 12, 1980.

Here's a commercial for 7up soda featuring some baseball stars - the Cubs' Bruce Sutter, the Phillies' Mike Schmidt, and the Pirates' Dave Parker.This aired ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lWLmYDtC3c42 Years Ago Today:Here's a commercial for the amusement park Old Chicago fea...
07/11/2021
Old Chicago - "Monsters of the Midway" (Commercial, 1979)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lWLmYDtC3c

42 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for the amusement park Old Chicago featuring "Monster of the Midway Testimonials" from Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein's Monster. This was to promote their ride called Monster of the Midway.

As a bonus, here's a neat on-set picture taken during the filming of this commercial, featuring local actor Stan Adams as Frankenstein's Monster. http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/pics/stan-adams-as-frankenstein-old-chicago-commercial-1979.jpg

This is only the second Old Chicago commercial we've ever come across. The first discovered was a commercial from 1977 featuring their mayor, "Charlie Baffle". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZXiVvAK09w

This aired on July 11, 1979.

Here's a commercial for the amusement park Old Chicago featuring "Monster of the Midway Testimonials" from Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein's Monster. T...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0P1QmcY1TA40 Years Ago Today:Here's a commercial for Carol Buick, Toyota, Subaru & DeLo...
07/10/2021
Carol Buick, Toyota, Subaru & DeLorean with Professor Corey (Commercial, 1981)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0P1QmcY1TA

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for Carol Buick, Toyota, Subaru & DeLorean in Evanston which had just moved into a larger space and so they were updating their address from the previous 1033 Chicago Avenue to 1033-1130 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

Featuring "Professor" Irwin Corey, the comedian who also appeared on the original Svengoolie show back in the early seventies at least a few times.

This seems like an edited version of an earlier commercial with the addition of a "Director" telling Corey of the changes.

"Where is Evanston? Right here in Texas!"

This aired on July 10, 1981.

Here's a commercial for Carol Buick, Toyota, Subaru & DeLorean in Evanston which had just moved into a larger space and so they were updating their address f...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug70ArJ0d_c40 Years Ago Today:Here's a bumper for a rare ABC Movie show variation - The ...
07/08/2021
The ABC Summer Movie (Bumper, 1981)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug70ArJ0d_c

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a bumper for a rare ABC Movie show variation - The ABC Summer Movie. Same music as ABC Sunday Night Movie though. (70s version)

This aired on July 8, 1981.

Here's a bumper for a rare ABC Movie show variation - The ABC Summer Movie. Same music as ABC Sunday Night Movie though. (70s version)This aired on local Chi...

40 Years Ago Today:Here's the opening for what was supposed to be Mighty Mouse on WFLD Channel 32, but instead they play...
07/06/2021
WFLD Channel 32 - "Mighty Woodpecker" (Opening Screw-Up, 1981)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's the opening for what was supposed to be Mighty Mouse on WFLD Channel 32, but instead they played the opening video for Woody Woodpecker. The voice over by "Doctor" Don is correct though.

The screw-up likely occurred because Mighty Mouse had replaced Woody Woodpecker in this timeslot about a month prior to this airing.

Notice, the font on the WFLD Woody Woodpecker logo is a bit different than the more rounded design seen in this earlier clip (about 18 seconds in).

Also includes a bumper promo for the 2 PM Big Movie airing of "Cash McCall". (voice over by Jim Barton)

"There's no one can touch the beaver..."

This aired on July 5, 1981.

Here's the opening for what was supposed to be Mighty Mouse on WFLD Channel 32, but instead they played the opening video for Woody Woodpecker. The voiceover...

45 Years Ago Today:Here's a series of promos by comic legend Bob Hope as aired on WMAQ Channel 5, for NBC's Red, White &...
07/04/2021
WMAQ Channel 5 - Red, White & Blue with Bob Hope (Promos & Station ID, 1976)

45 Years Ago Today:

Here's a series of promos by comic legend Bob Hope as aired on WMAQ Channel 5, for NBC's Red, White & Blue special celebrating the Fourth of July, coverage of Chicago area celebrations of Independence Day at 5pm, and Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star Spangled Spectacular at 7:30pm with guests Sammy Davis Jr., Donny & Marie Osmond, The Captain & Tennille, and Debbie Reynolds.

The promos - designated PR-1039 - are in :30 second (TAKE 1) and short station ID (TAKE 2) form.

These aired up to Sunday, July 4, 1976.

Here's a series of promos by comic legend Bob Hope as aired on WMAQ Channel 5, for NBC's Red, White & Blue special celebrating the Fourth of July, coverage o...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVkd-MERvBg48 Years Ago Today:Here's a promo bumper slide for The Flintstones on WGN Cha...
07/02/2021
WGN Channel 9 - The Flintstones (Bumper, 1973)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVkd-MERvBg

48 Years Ago Today:

Here's a promo bumper slide for The Flintstones on WGN Channel 9, for 4:30 PM. The "color" notice (set in Microgramma Bold Extended) would date the origin of this bumper to some time in the mid-to-late 1960s.

This aired on July 2, 1973.

Here's a promo bumper slide for The Flintstones on WGN Channel 9, for 4:30pm. The "color" notice (set in Microgramma Bold Extended) would date the origin of ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXaifr22VTY42 Years Ago Today:Here's an early segment from Son of Sven - "Sh-Bombs" - fr...
06/30/2021
Son Of Svengoolie - "Sh-Bombs" (1979)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXaifr22VTY

42 Years Ago Today:

Here's an early segment from Son of Sven - "Sh-Bombs" - from episode number 3 featuring the movie "Son of Dracula". (This was Break Number 1)

Directed by Joe Oher.

This aired on June 30, 1979.

Here's an early segment from Son of Sven - "Sh-Bombs" - from episode number 3 featuring the movie "Son of Dracula". (This was Break Number 1)Directed by Joe ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cikanUMsX8w34 Years Ago Today:Here's the ending moments of Dance Party USA on USA Networ...
06/29/2021
USA Network - Dance Party USA (Ending, 1987)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cikanUMsX8w

34 Years Ago Today:

Here's the ending moments of Dance Party USA on USA Network, hosted by Andy Gury. Includes:

Promo for Bumper Stumpers, for weekdays at 4:30pm (3:30 Central) (voiceover by ??)

Dance Party USA animated bumper

Andy Gury closes the show with preview of next day's edition, including an appearance by Pretty Poison, as well as an upcoming taping of an outdoor edition for July 4th, and introducing Pseudo Echo's cover of "Funkytown" which is heard over end credits until the YouTube audio mutes for copyright as the assembled people dance away .

If this video got any more "80s", it would be arrested for co***ne possession. Sheesh.

Copyright 1987 - Dancin' On Air Productions, Inc. - USA Network

Production Executive - Frank Nise
Executive Producers - Larry Worden, Jeffrey Servin, Esq., Michael Nise
Producer - Michael Nise for Nise Productions, Inc.
Programming Executive - USA Network - Hilary Schacter
Executive Assistant to the Producer - Sandy Mengert Perchetti
Associate Producer - Lauren Grace
Production Coordinator - Nancy Napoli
Promotions Director - Paula Beal
Production Assistants - Andy Gury, Rennie Harris, Greg Farnese, Annette Krier
Mail Coordinator - Nancy Althoff
Theme Song - Written & Produced by McKeown, Beeth, Vitco, Gorman, Ferrara for Power House Recording Studio, Camden, N.J. - Copyright 1986 Nise Productions, Inc.
Promotion Development Photography - George Feder - Marketing One Ltd., Inc.
Director - Dave Goetz
Technical Director - Steve Cradic
Floor Manager - Art Szcykalski
Audio - Laura Flandreau, Gene Remolde
Video - Bob Frace, Norm Young
Camera - Bill Egbert, Charlie O'Gara, Aldo Farnese
Production Facilities - WPHL Productions, Philadelphia
Video Provided by RCA
Andy Gury's Wardrobe provided by Macy's, NJ - Macy's by Appointment

Dance Party USA - c/o Nise Productions, Inc.
413 Cooper Street
Camden, N.J. 08102

Materials sent in are not returnable. NPI reserves the right to use material or photos at its discretion on Dance Party USA.

Ending animated title bumper

Commercial: Weight Watchers, with Lynn Redgrave touting their burritos and other Mexican entrees - "This Is Living!"

Promo for Dragnet Weekend Stake-Out, with Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd (stars of the 1987 movie version) touting episodes of the vintage 1967-70 incarnation to air on Night Flight on Friday and Saturday at 11 PM (10 PM Central)

USA Network ID - "America's All-Entertainment Network"

This aired on June 29, 1987.

Here's the ending moments of Dance Party USA on USA Network, hosted by Andy Gury. Includes:Promo for Bumper Stumpers, for weekdays at 4:30pm (3:30 Central) (...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVZlsKFuXDs36 Years Ago Today:Here's a commercial in Polish for Northwestern Savings Ban...
06/28/2021
Northwestern Savings Bank At Harlem Irving Plaza - "It's All Greek To Me" (Commercial #1, 1985)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVZlsKFuXDs

36 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial in Polish for Northwestern Savings Bank in the Harlem Irving Plaza mall. This aired on WCIU Channel 26, which reached a wide ethnic audience.

Has some nice shots of how the mall looked in the mid-80's.

This commercial had a production date on it of June 28, 1985 - with the agency who created it given as Levan Enterprises.

Here's a commercial in Polish for Northwestern Savings Bank in the Harlem Irving Plaza mall. This aired on WCIU Channel 26, which reached a wide ethnic audie...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-2LWU6ghbE37 Years Ago Today:Here in an installment of Fuzzy After Dark is a clip of th...
06/26/2021
Tele1st - Fast Times at Ridgemont High - "Scrambled Cates" (1984)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-2LWU6ghbE

37 Years Ago Today:

Here in an installment of Fuzzy After Dark is a clip of the Tele1st version of the famous pool scene from the 1982 film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," featuring Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold - albeit highly scrambled in picture and especially sound. Even so, viewer discretion is still advised.

This aired on June 26, 1984.

Here (in an installment of Fuzzy After Dark), is a clip of the Tele1st version of the famous pool scene from the 1982 film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," fe...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7jbKicwXr841 Years Ago Today:Here's the ending credits for an episode of Green Acres on...
06/25/2021
WFLD Channel 32 - Green Acres - "End Credits & TD Moment" (1980)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7jbKicwXr8

41 Years Ago Today:

Here's the ending credits for an episode of Green Acres on WFLD Channel 32. Includes:

Closing of Green Acres & Ending Credits (voice over by Jim Barton).

Field Communications animated ID.

WFLD Bumper promo for I Love Lucy (voice over by Jim Barton).

Slight technical difficulties moment with film, followed by about 24 seconds of black.

Beginning of Lost in Space episode - "The Great Vegetable Rebellion".

This aired on June 25, 1980.

Here's the ending credits for an episode of Green Acres on WFLD Channel 32. Includes:Closing of Green Acres & Ending Credits (voiceover by Jim Barton).Field ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX7Qp6ZTyyc35 Years Ago Today:Not from Chicago, but still of interest - here's a station...
06/24/2021
KMIR Channels 6 & 36 - Station ID (1986)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX7Qp6ZTyyc

35 Years Ago Today:

Not from Chicago, but still of interest - here's a station ID for KMIR Channels 6 and 36 in Palm Springs, California, affiliated then as now with NBC. (Channel 36 is the main channel, Channel 6 was its cable TV dial position; the '6' ID remained part of their logo up until the end of 2013.)

"Your NBC station, serving all the communities of the magnificent desert empire."

This aired on June 24, 1986.

Not from Chicago, but still of interest - here's a station ID for KMIR Channels 6 and 36 in Palm Springs, California, affiliated then as now with NBC. (Chann...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2H01uavTJ439 Years Ago Today:Unearthed from a Umatic tape! Here's the only Banana Split...
06/23/2021
WFLD Channel 32 - Afternoon Fun - "The Banana Splits" (Promo, 1982)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2H01uavTJ4

39 Years Ago Today:

Unearthed from a Umatic tape! Here's the only Banana Splits footage from WFLD yet found - a promo (about 95% complete) during a presentation of the Monkees on Lunchtime Fun. They were on at 3:30 PM during this time.

Just for the heck of it I also left in the Monkees bumper at the end.

If I'm not mistaken, this was during the last few months of the Banana Splits' run on WFLD.

Voice over by "Doctor" Don.

This aired on Wednesday, June 23, 1982.

Just unearthed from a Umatic tape today! Here's the only Banana Splits footage from WFLD yet found - a promo (about 95% complete) during a presentation of th...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA3o2d6-_bg39 Years Ago Today:Here's a little technical difficulty moment from The 3:00 ...
06/22/2021
WLS Channel 7 - The 3:00 Movie - "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" (Technical Difficulties, 1982)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA3o2d6-_bg

39 Years Ago Today:

Here's a little technical difficulty moment from The 3:00 Movie presentation of the 1969 film "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" on WLS Channel 7. Includes:

Tail end of commercial for Mountain Dew soda - "Give Me a Dew"

3:00 Movie "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" bumper

Film transmission comes in before the start, with a brief showing of a frame reading: DRAC R-2 [Reel 2 of the film?], with an upside-down '3', before the next part of the film commences

This aired on Tuesday, June 22, 1982.

Here's a little technical difficulty moment from The 3:00 Movie presentation of the 1969 film "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" on WLS Channel 7. Includes:T...

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Thanks, Rick.
Does anyone know where I can find any video from WBBM's "The Magic Door"?
This is a short montage of Laurel & Hardy clips which appeared at the beginning of some of the 16mm film prints of the L&H feature films (but not the shorts as I recall) when WFLD-Channel 32 briefly ran the package (distributed at the time by Janus Films) in 1982. A (possibly slightly shortened) version of this was used to introduce the L&H shorts when they were shown on "Comedy Classics." That version was redubbed with the short edit of Spike Jones' "Knock Knock, Who's There" which was often used to introduce the Three Stooges shorts. Oddly, when WFLD ran the L&H shorts, they still used the 1978 Three Stooges montage at the end of the show, while announcer Jim Barton told viewers about the following night's short. Unfortunately, L&H didn't last long on that show. But today in 2021, Laurel & Hardy again share a showcase with the Three Stooges and Little Rascals on Me-TV Plus, and the show is again called "Comedy Classics."
What was the undersea show on Garfield Goose? It showed a sting ray in the opening credits. I know it wasn't Diver Dan and I can't seem to find it.
Chicago weatherman John Coleman was the first host of Champaign's WCIA teen dance program "The Hop"
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The Creature Features opening re-created mid 90's at SVI Studios in Des Plaines with the Moon-Rays doing the theme music
Anyone remember a show called "Where Were You" hosted by Fahey Flynn? It aired Saturday evenings at 6:30 on WLS-Channel 7 in the early 1980s. Every week they would cover a particular year, with news highlights, movie and TV stuff, old commercials and sometimes an interview. I remember Dick Biondi being on once (this was before he returned to Chicago) and they had video footage of him still doing radio in another city. The 1966 edition featured an interview with Adam West talking about how there were plans to do a new "Batman" movie (which was in the planning stages for years before it was produced). At the time there was kind of a "controversy" because they had flat-out stated they weren't interested in casting Adam West as Batman. "I'm not going to hang up my cape," he said. "My utility belt still fits." The 1973 one covered Watergate. There was a clip of Spiro Agnew saying "I will not resign if indicted. I repeat, I will not resign if indicted." Fahey Flynn's comment: "But he was, and he did." They also had a clip of Martha Mitchell (wife of John Mitchell) saying some stuff to the press and remarking, "and they'll probably end up killin' me." One of the commercials (1976?) was "Nair, for baby smooth legs" with a bunch of girls singing "Short Shorts." I remembered this commercial and it wasn't that old at the time, but I noted it looked pretty beat up compared to how I remembered seeing it (all the time). Probably just the difference between 35mm and 16mm. I loved the show, though I could have done without Barbra Streisand singing. Anyway, I was gonna say I wonder if any of this show still exists -- I found at least one:
This episode was featured on the “Underdog Show” on WFLD-TV and on “Garfield Goose & Friends” on WGN-TV back in the 1970’s.
Who remembers The Magic Door - Kites and Strings is happy to release our most recent interview with the lovely Beverly Feldt. She started as a voice actor at 15 years old on The Magic Door, in Chicago and she continues to voice act. She also co-foundeded and helps run Workplace Interactors, she sings, she writes music, she writes/delivers sermons and she's learning the harp. You can listen via the K&S weibsite at https://www.kitesandstrings.com/episodes/6935606 or wherever you get your podcasts.
At about 1:45 into this video is a promo for Channel 60's "Cartunes" from the summer of 1984. Can anyone identify the background music used in it? I first remember hearing it used for the intro of "Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel" on Channel 60 starting in February 1984 -- Channel 60 ran the shows but didn't have the show opening or closing so they made their own (with clips of the various characters), kind of like WFLD did with some of their cartoon shows like Woody Woodpecker or WGN did for Bugs Bunny. (I'd love to find that Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel WPWR intro -- they only used it for a few months.) "Cartunes" evolved a little during its run. I don't remember Top Cat ever being on it (I think the clip of him saying "another new day" is there because the show aired at 7:00 in the morning). Best as I can recall, when "Cartunes" started it was a mix of music videos and cartoons, with Bruce Wolf as an off-camera voice-over announcer. He would introduce the various segments as well as doing weather, time checks, sports recaps etc. Combining cartoons with music videos was an odd concept but I thought it worked! The show initially featured the cartoons from the "George Of The Jungle" series (including Tom Slick and Super Chicken) as well as "The Funny Company," "Space Angel," "Roger Ramjet," segments of "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp" and a few public domain Betty Boop cartoons in black and white (this was before WPWR got the rights to the official TV package of redrawn colorized cartoons -- my guess is they were all part of a big package of shorts). I believe the cartoons from the Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel shows were added to "Cartunes" in the summer of 1984. Then in the fall they added "Clutch Cargo," "Gumby," a bunch of 1960s Hanna-Barbera superhero cartoons like "Space Ghost" and others (from the "World Of Super Adventure" series). A whole bunch of pre-1950 Paramount cartoons (including Max Fleischer Color Classics, early Noveltoons, Little Lulu, George Pal Puppetoons along with the colorized Betty Boop) were also added but I'm not sure exactly when. In the fall of 1984 the show moved a half-hour earlier to 6:30 and although it kept the name "Cartunes," I seem to remember the music videos weren't featured any more, but I could be remembering incorrectly. Around the same time, WFBN-Channel 66 had a temporary format of music videos 24 hours a day and I have to wonder if these stations weren't able to run them for free as "promotional." Otherwise I can't see a start-up station showing them around the clock. Ironically, if someone wanted to release these shows on video now, music licensing alone would certainly be astronomical, i.e. we'd never, ever see something like that come out.
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