News report on the excitement and controversies in Chicago during the lead-up to the 1986 Superbowl. Continue reading
This is a mid-length documentary about playground basketball on the South and West sides of Chicago dealing specifically with the myths surrounding it, the culture it has created, and its effect on individuals. Notable NBA interviewees within the film are Glenn “Doc” Rivers and Eddie Johnson. Continue reading
Before covering 1976’s Super Bowl X, TVTV experimented with some comedy journalism by covering the pickup game between the CBS Superbowl Broadcast team. The game featured hall of famer Johnny Unitas with play-by-play by Phyllis George. It’s also one of the earliest TV appearances for Bill Murray and Christopher Guest. Also enjoy the full documentary, TVTV Goes To the Superbowl.
Today, we look back at Johnny Lira: boxer, “man about town… suave, debonair, and character extraordinaire.” In 1993, Doug Sawyer and Ben Joravsky interviewed Lira at the gym at Fuller Park at 45th and Princeton for our show Chicago Slices. He died Saturday at the age of 61. Make sure to read the fascinating recollections of Bruce Elliott, co-owner of the Old Town Ale House. They don’t make guys like Johnny Lira anymore… Check out the full hour with Lira.
Raw footage for the documentary Veeck: A Man For Any Season. This tape continues an interview with Bill Veeck at home. The tape begins in the middle of him discussing what it is like to be disfigured. He describes various public health perceptions about leprosy and cancer. Later, he talks about his “ongoing love affair” with the English language and quotes Rudyard Kipling’s “The Wolf.” The end of the tape is footage of glass mobiles hanging inside and in Veeck’s backyard. Continue reading