A collection of excerpts from films by Tom Palazzolo focuing on music in Chicago, from street performers on Maxwell St to folk and rock bands at neighborhood festivals. Continue reading
This video contains footage gathered for the television program “Watch It.” Some of this footage was also gathered for the television show “Wired In,” which never made it on the air. In this video, we watch as broadcast journalist Anne Johnsos, along with a video crew, visits a technology convention in Chicago to demo a new product called “Face It.” Continue reading
Illinois political candidate advertisements from 1979 – 1982. Candidates include Jane Byrne for Mayor, Jim Edgar for Secretary of State, Neil Hartigan for Attorney General, Bernard Carey for Cook County State’s Attorney, Seymour Simon for Illinois Supreme Court, and an ad for a team of lawyers running for Illinois Appellate Court. Continue reading
Unemployment has been a troubling issue in recent years. It’s not the first time. In 1975, Skip Blumberg and Anda Korsts taped people waiting at the Office of Unemployment Insurance in Chicago’s Logan Square as part of the “It’s a Living” series produced through Videopolis and aired on WTTW. It’s a humbling exercise in futility and frustration. Watch the full 30-minute program at Media Burn. Did you miss Tom, Sara, and Judy Hoffman on WLUW’s Live From The Heartland radio … Continue reading
Chicago is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its incorporation. Nobody personified Chicago better than Richard J. Daley. This 1986 special, produced for the 10th anniversary of his death, reveals the life and times of the man who was synonymous with Chicago for 21 years. You can also watch the full special at Media Burn.
Studs Terkel speaks with Andrew Patner at the University of Chicago. Continue reading
As the Chicago Reader celebrates its 40th anniversary, here’s a look back at the paper in 1983, including interviews with then-Publisher and Editor Robert Roth and then-Assistant Editor Michael Miner. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06_hNo-VmAM] If you haven’t already checked it out, don’t miss the Reader’s own retrospective and specifically, Miner’s fascinating recollection.
Studs Terkel died three years ago yesterday, on October 31, 2008. In January 2009, about 200 of Studs’ close friends came to the Chicago Cultural Center to tell their favorite Studs stories and jokes and to remember his life and work. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?amp;v=FOv_mjlL9jw] Two Studs Terkel classics are now on DVD: It’s a Living (1974), the documentary based on Working, and Studs on a Soapbox (2000), a look at the feisty raconteur over several decades. The trailers are below … Continue reading