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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.
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Our Mission: To further the acquisition, preservation, and display of historical Chicago Television broadcasts. This page is a "best-of" - the main site with over 4,700 video clips online is at www.FuzzyMemories.TV or visit our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/FuzzyMemoriesTV You can also visit our Twitter page where new video posts are announced - http://www.twitter.com/FuzzyMemories Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Museum_of_Classic_Chicago_Television

07/08/2020
Motor Map International (Commercial, 1975)

45 Years Ago Today:

Opportunists! Are you ready to make more money? Sure, we all are! That's why you need to enter the exciting world of Map Vending Machines from Motor Map International! Unlimited earning potential!

Our analysts' forecasts predict a stunning 2000% growth rate for the period of 1975-1995 (for some reason it drops off quickly after that).

Make financial independence with maps your personal "quest" - a MapQuest, if you will. The capital flow will astound you!

Just remember this handy acronym - G.P.S. - Great Products Sell! Call today!!

The production slate at the beginning shows that this was produced at WFLD Channel 32, and we see the Kaiser Broadcasting Company logo as well. This was number 7606 (I wonder what the significance of these numbers were exactly?) and was directed by Don Shannon. Record date was July 8, 1975.

Opportunists! Are you ready to make more money? Sure, we all are! That's why you need to enter the exciting world of Map Vending Machines from Motor Map Inte...

07/07/2020
No Frills Discount Foods (Commercial, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for No Frills Discount Foods, which must have been a competitor of Aldi Foods.

This aired on July 7, 1980.

Here's a commercial for No Frills Discount Foods, which must have been a competitor of Aldi Foods. This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, July 7th 1980. A...

07/05/2020
Budweiser - The TasteBuds - "The Munchies" (Commercial, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's one in a series of Budweiser beer commercials featuring "The Taste Buds" - this one called "The Munchies".

These ads and the characters were conceived and produced by Ray Rhamey.

"Why do you think they call them TasteBuds, anyway?"

This aired on July 5, 1980.

Here's one in a series of Budweiser beer commercials featuring "The Taste Buds" - this one called "The Munchies". These ads and the characters were conceived...

07/04/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Fernwood 2 Night (Ending #1, 1977)

43 Years Ago Today:

Here's a small but juicy rarity - the ending credits for the first airing of Fernwood 2 Night on WFLD Channel 32 - back in the Kaiser Broadcasting era!

You can hear 32's staff announcer tell you that "All That Glitters" (a short-lived Norman Lear series) was next, as well as a tiny snippet of an old WFLD station ID.

I think the announcer may be 32's Bud Kelly - who was the main staff announcer until Ron Beattie took over a year or so later. It certainly doesn't sound like Ron Beattie.

This aired on July 4, 1977.

Here's a small but juicy rarity - the ending credits for the first airing of Fernwood 2 Night on WFLD Channel 32 - back in the Kaiser era! You can hear 32's ...

07/03/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Super Cartoon Sunrise (Partial Ending, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a small snippet of the ending of Super Cartoon Sunrise on WFLD Channel 32. The voiceover by Dr. Don goes long and runs into an I Love Lucy bumper promo featuring a voiceover by Jim Barton. (which was followed by the opening to a Monkees episode)

Boy, 'dem SCS segments sure is scarce. We have to be happy with 3 seconds of footage. ;-)

This aired on July 3, 1980.

Here's a small snippet of the ending of Super Cartoon Sunrise on WFLD Channel 32. The voiceover by Dr. Don goes long and runs into an I Love Lucy bumper prom...

07/02/2020
ABC Network - Good Morning America (Commercial Break & Ending, 1981)

Hugh Downs ( February 14, 1921 - July 1, 2020)

Host of the Today show and 20/20, announcer for The Tonight Show, Hugh Downs died at the age of 99. His career began in Chicago at WBKB-TV, now WBBM CBS 2 in 1945. Here is a clip of him hosting Good Morning America.

https://youtu.be/sa58hrxuBHU?t=163

Here is the last commercial break and ending of Good Morning America. Includes: End of Good Morning America interview by Joan Lunden, with Richard Thomas, wh...

07/02/2020
Shedd Aquarium - "Caribbean Coral Reef" (Commercial, 1973)

47 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for the John G. Shedd Aquarium at 12th Street and South Lake Shore Drive.

The "Ocean By The Lake" tag line wasn't seen or spoken in this ad - but quite a few of the sea life were, including moray eels, burrfish, triggerfish, fighting bonefish, and "dangerous" stingrays. Also seen is the then-new Caribbean coral reef section with a diver hand-feeding spadefish, sheepshead fish, tarpon and nurse sharks; and people (including a girl seated atop her father's shoulders) seeing all these things from behind the glass.

This aired on July 2, 1973.

Here's a commercial for the John G. Shedd Aquarium at 12th Street and South Lake Shore Drive. The "Ocean By The Lake" tag line wasn't seen or spoken in this ...

06/30/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Oak Park Village Mall (Commercial #1, 1976)

44 Years Ago Today:

Here's a short 10 second spot for the Oak Park Village Mall. Remember this? When they blocked off Lake Street and created an outdoor "mall" much in the way they did with State Street?

This was produced at WFLD Channel 32 during the Kaiser Broadcasting Company days, and was directed by Don Shannon. It was recorded on June 30, 1976.

"...a beautiful place to shop"

Here's a short 10 second spot for the Oak Park Village Mall. Remember this? When they blocked off Lake Street and created an outdoor "mall" much in the way t...

34 Years Ago Today:Here is another (well at least this replicates what it was like watching local tv in the 80's - seein...
06/29/2020
FuzzyMemories.TV - - Joe Rizza Ford - North Riverside (Commercial #9, 1986)

34 Years Ago Today:

Here is another (well at least this replicates what it was like watching local tv in the 80's - seeing the same commercial 500 times) commercial for Joe Rizza Ford at 2100 South Harlem in North Riverside, Illinois.

Featuring the 1986 Tempo GL.

Has a nice shot of the old Clyde Federal Bank building in the background!

This commercial aired on June 29, 1986.

06/27/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Saturday Morning Movie - "God Is My Co-Pilot" (Ending Bumper, 1981)

39 Years Ago Today:

Here's the ending bumper from the Saturday Morning Movie presentation of "God is my Co-Pilot" on WFLD Channel 32.

Also features a brief snippet at the end of an Award Lumber & Construction commercial featuring Bud Kelly.

This aired on Saturday, June 27,1981.

Here's the ending bumper from the Saturday Morning Movie presentation of "God is my Co-Pilot" on WFLD Channel 32. Also features a brief snippet at the end of...

06/26/2020
Brut - "I Was Just Thinking About You" (Commercial, 1987)

33 Years Ago Today:

Here's a memorable commercial for Brut cologne featuring a woman who likes to try on her man's clothes. (Not that there's anything wrong with that) Brut by Faberge.

Featuring Nerine Kidd Shatner (William Shatner's former wife who died tragically) .

Brut. It Smells Like A Man.

This aired on Friday, June 26, 1987.

Here's a memorable commercial for Brut cologne featuring a woman who likes to try on her man's clothes. (Not that there's anything wrong with that) Brut by F...

06/25/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Green Acres - "End Credits & TD Moment" (1980)

40 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). Fiel...

34 Years Ago Today:Not from Chicago, but still of interest - here's a station ID for KMIR Channels 6 and 36 in Palm Spri...
06/24/2020
FuzzyMemories.TV - - KMIR Channels 6 & 36 - Station ID (1986)

34 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.

06/23/2020
WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsFive - [Partial] Coverage of Sam Giancana Funeral with Rich Samuels (1975)

45 Years Ago Today:

Here's a partial, incomplete report from Rich Samuels of WMAQ Channel 5 on the funeral of former Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana.

We catch this report as Rich lists Giancana's crime career, going back to Al Capone and including gambling and prostitution rings. He describes "a sea of anonymous faces" which mostly dominated the funeral service, except for Keely Smith who, he said, signified his preferences for "show business types in his later years." He notes about the hostility between the mourners and the media that blew out in the open outside the service.

We next see a brief shot of anchor Floyd Kalber covering the next story before the channel switches to WLS Channel 7, where Joel Daly is heard reporting on a fire (with pertinent footage).

Technical Note: While this report originally aired in color, as presented here it was recorded on an early reel-to-reel home videotape recorder in black-and-white. Also, during the shot of the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, notice that the superimposed text (set in Gill Sans Medium) misspelled the last word as "Cemetary."

This aired on June 23, 1975.

Here's a partial, incomplete report from Rich Samuels of WMAQ Channel 5 on the funeral of former Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana. We catch this report as Rich ...

06/23/2020
WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsFive - [Partial] Coverage of Sam Giancana Funeral with Rich Samuels (1975)

45 Years Ago Today:

Here's a partial, incomplete report from Rich Samuels of WMAQ Channel 5 on the funeral of former Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana.

We catch this report as Rich lists Giancana's crime career, going back to Al Capone and including gambling and prostitution rings. He describes "a sea of anonymous faces" which mostly dominated the funeral service, except for Keely Smith who, he said, signified his preferences for "show business types in his later years." He notes about the hostility between the mourners and the media that blew out in the open outside the service.

We next see a brief shot of anchor Floyd Kalber covering the next story before the channel switches to WLS Channel 7, where Joel Daly is heard reporting on a fire (with pertinent footage).

Technical Note: While this report originally aired in color, as presented here it was recorded on an early reel-to-reel home videotape recorder in black-and-white. Also, during the shot of the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, notice that the superimposed text (set in Gill Sans Medium) misspelled the last word as "Cemetary."

This aired on June 23, 1975.

Here's a partial, incomplete report from Rich Samuels of WMAQ Channel 5 on the funeral of former Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana. We catch this report as Rich ...

06/22/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Super Cartoon Sunrise - "Underdog Rain" (Bumper, 1984)

36 Years Ago Today:

Listen to Underdog - he says to bring your umbrella with you today!

Here's a commercial bumper for the Super Cartoon Sunrise presentation of Underdog on WFLD Channel 32 featuring the special rain variation. They would have these for various weather alerts such as cold weather or rain.

Also includes the superimposed digital clock to let you know if it was time to leave for school (even though for this particular airing school was out for the summer). :-)

Voice over by Jeff Lupetin.

This aired on June 22, 1984.

Listen to Underdog - he says to bring your umbrella with you today! Here's a commercial bumper for the Super Cartoon Sunrise presentation of Underdog on WFLD...

06/21/2020
WGN Channel 9 - Miles Showcase Theatre - "The Maltese Falcon" (Commercial Break #1, 1973)

47 Years Ago Today:

Here's the first commercial break for the Miles Showcase Theatre presentation of the 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie "The Maltese Falcon" on WGN Channel 9. Includes:

Host Ray Rayner once again explaining the program's "four commercial interruptions" format, and introducing a commercial for Bactine disinfectant, with a child who'd scraped his knee - "Helps the Hurt Stop Hurting"

Next, Ray introduces a commercial for One-a-Day Plus Iron (with ten vitamins plus iron), featuring a "One-a-Day Girl" with "a great job and a husband I love."

After this commercial, Ray returns to "The Maltese Falcon."

NOTE: This broadcast was in color, but captured on an early home videotape recording in black and white. (of course, the movie itself was in black and white - just the Miles Showcase segments and commercials would have been in color) There are also some tape-tracking problems that are noticeable at certain points on this clip.

This aired on June 21, 1973.

Here's the first commercial break for the Miles Showcase Theatre presentation of the 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie "The Maltese Falcon" on WGN Channel 9. Includ...

06/20/2020
WSNS Channel 44 - Super Slam Lottery (Promo, 1975)

45 Years Ago Today:

Here's a promo for the Super Slam Lottery drawing on WSNS Channel 44, for Friday, June 20, 1975 at 7 PM.

Voice over by Linda Frost.

Here's a promo for the Super Slam Lottery drawing on WSNS Channel 44, for Friday, June 20th at 7pm. Voiceover by Linda Frost. This aired on local Chicago TV ...

06/19/2020
Kaiser Broadcasting Company (ID #2, 1977)

43 Years Ago Today:

Here's an animated Kaiser Broadcasting ID.

We can probably assume that the exact same ID would air on WFLD during this period.

"KBC - The Kaiser Broadcasting Company"

This aired on June 19, 1977.

Here's a different Kaiser Broadcasting ID than the one we just saw - this one is a few months older and by this time they had upgraded to an animated one. Sa...

06/18/2020
WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 - "Chicago Cubs Scorekeepers" (1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's some more results from the open reel transfers financed by our generous group of Fuzzketeers during the Reel Transfer Fundraiser #1.

Here's the ending part of an edition of NewsCenter5 with Jim Ruddle and Linda Yu on WMAQ Channel 5, followed by a (mostly) complete editorial. Includes:

The tail end of a sports report by Greg Gumbel, followed by Linda introducing a "Barry's People" report by Barry Bernson on the people who keep score for a living at Wrigley Field during Chicago Cubs home games. Featured are shots of the various scorekeepers changing numbers as the innings in each game progress, and interviews with "scoreboard men" Roger O'Connor, Art Sagel and Sam Bongiorno.

Jim provides a brief update on voting in Springfield, IL on the ERA before saying good night. We are then treated to a full shot of the set, with weatherman Jim Tilmon alongside Jim, Linda and Greg, and an RCA TK-44A/B camera with teleprompter setup mounted on the top of the camera lens.

Voice over advising viewers to stay tuned for The $1.98 Beauty Show, and for Quincy at 9 PM; "a Channel 5 Editorial follows immediately."

WMAQ-TV Editorial 5 by editorial director Dillon Smith - tape cuts off after he introduces himself, and resumes as he's in the middle of his editorial about waste of taxpayer money on the salaries of school board employees, and urging the board to cut jobs before cutting education programs.

Ending Editorial 5 bumper slide - Dillon Smith, Editorial Director; Monte Newman, General Manager

This likely aired on June 18, 1980.

Here's some more results from the open reel transfers financed by our generous group of Fuzzketeers during the Reel Transfer Fundraiser #1. Look for a lot mo...

1978.
06/18/2020

1978.

06/17/2020
WSNS Channel 44 - Chicago White Sox Baseball (Partial Opening, 1975)

45 Years Ago Today:

Here's a partial opening for Chicago White Sox baseball on WSNS Channel 44, as used within the station's first few years of airing the team's games. Only the first seconds of this opening are shown before the recording runs out.

This aired on June 17, 1975.

Here's a partial opening for Chicago White Sox baseball on WSNS Channel 44, as used within the station's first few years of airing the team's games. Only the...

06/16/2020
Squirt Squirt Squirt The Animals (Commercial, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for the toy Squirt Squirt Squirt the Animals by Hasbro and their Romper Room division.

Personally, I would have named it Squirt Squirt Squirt Squirt Squirt Squirt Squirt the Animals.

This aired on June 16, 1980.

Here's a commercial for the toy Squirt Squirt Squirt the Animals by Hasbro and their Romper Room division. Personally, I would have named it Squirt Squirt Sq...

06/15/2020
The Complete Al Green - His Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a record offer commercial for "The Complete Al Green - His Greatest Hits" by SMI (Suffolk Marketing, Inc) (or is it Hi Records Distributed by London?) Album is from 1977 so it's likely this commercial aired a lot earlier than 1980.

The album cover is slightly different at points in the commercial - one has a white border around it and has the Hi Records Distributed by London logo and the other has no border and does not have the Hi Records logo.

"So you don't forget, call before Midnight tomorrow..."

This aired on June 15, 1980.

Here's a record offer commercial for "The Complete Al Green - His Greatest Hits" by SMI (Suffolk Marketing, Inc) (or is it Hi Records Distributed by London?)...

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This may have been discussed previously, but I haven't seen anything on this, but does anyone remember in the late 70's when WMAQ would show a classic movie on Saturdays after SNL, and SCTV. One night they showed Rebecca. About a third through the movie the late night crew decided it would be funny to put sound effects over the movie. So there were ghostly moans, chains rattling, fog horns. About an hour into the movie an announcer came on and applogized. I think it was reported that the guys running the movie at the station just thought no one was watching. They were all fired.
Artwork based upon a title slide from WFLD Channel 32 in the 70s. Not completely accurate, but tried to capture the spirit of it.
Was it Channel 7 that every year would, late at night, showcase many of the local high-school valedictorians — “The Best of the Class”?
https://youtu.be/X3vsB-f0HyY The opening portion of this theme was used for the opening of Chiller Thriller-Chiller Theater.... something like that....
Back in the 70s and 80s, “The Sportswriters on TV” was a popular Chicago show with a panel of sportswriters around a card table smoking cigars and talking sports. One episode had moderator Ben Bentley twisting, shimmying, and sliding into a one piece Seton Hall basketball uniform. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Is there any video or picture of this around anyplace ???
From 1990, this is another “Family Classics” on WGN-TV where Roy Leonard introduced to “John Paul Jones”.
Check this out. The guy who posts this has videotapes of Classic Chicago TV shows https://www.facebook.com/groups/SvengoolieSvengooligans/permalink/989813751390078/
Please consider posting the famous Field Communications block display font on your page; also—if you have the earlier Kaiser Broadcasting one, that'll be fine, too.
Fuzzy: Can you post videos on Facebook besides YouTube?
Here is a clip from WGN-TV back in December 1996 where Roy Leonard hosted “Family Classics” and also announced the next movie called “Santa Claus: The Movie” with Dudley Moore. Plus a series of commercials and the “Family Classics” bumpers where it says “35th Season” on there. This was during the late years of “Family Classics”, and Roy Leonard was hosted back long after he replaced the legendary Frazier Thomas. With the holidays coming, here is part 1.
Didn’t the museum website originally launch on Halloween? Happy Fuzzaversary!