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  • Drive In Movies

    An entrepreneurial proposal for a company that would act as a “take-out videotape rental business in Chicago.”  It would feature drive-thru pickup, and delivery/pickup service.  Full business plan including the budget. Continue reading

  • Vito Tape Recycling

    A note from Tom Weinberg to Dick Bowman concerning the recycling of several of the Vito tapes.  On WTTW/Channel 11 header, Dick has replied in almost illegible marker. Continue reading

  • Image Union fact sheet

    Cover sheet and fact sheet about Image Union.  The facts are about the rights of the tapes, the funding for Image Union, etc. Continue reading

  • The Chicago Channel Financial Plan

    Financial Plan for the Chicago Channel. Continue reading

  • Proposal for “Bread Line” television project

    A 1972 letter and proposal from Tom Weinberg to William McCarter of WTTW Channel 11, for a new show called Bread Line, which would provide resources to unemployed people around Chicagoland. The show would air live nightly, and would encourage viewers to call in to on camera telephone lines to talk about job and money issues. Different days of the week would focus in different issues, including jobs and income, buying and spending wisely, and community involvement and consumer rights. The program was eventually made into a pilot for WTTW under the name Hiring Line with a format that also included having hosts read job listings over the air. Continue reading

  • A Proposal for A New Television Network

    A proposal for a new television network submitted by The Ad Hoc Commitee For A New Network. Tom Weinberg and Dee Davis are the contacts for the proposal. Citing the new phenomenon of widepsread access to cable television and satellite TV, the proposal aims to make non-commercial, socially relevant TV available to American homes by setting aside a network reserved for independent work. The writers note that despite the wide array of channels now available, there is no diversity in programming as envisioned at the dawn of cable TV. They also note that the independent community has been producing thoughtful, innovative, and provocative video for over twenty years, but has never had adequate space to air their work. The issue is one of social change and of reclaming America’s airwaves for material produced by and for the people. Continue reading