Episode 9314 of the show featuring everyday Chicagoans.
0:08Copy video clip URL Cold open with the Windy City Cheerleaders. “So let’s begin to start the show, we welcome you, hello!”
0:21Copy video clip URL Chicago Slices opening: “Chicago Slices…where everybody in Chicago can be a star. This week: Fun with people who perform…in parks…in blues clubs…in their parlors…with their cars…and with their dogs. Most are just ordinary people who want to perform, but first, someone famous who just wants to be normal.”
1:13Copy video clip URL Lunch with Donny Osmond: Over salad and pizza at Gino’s East, Donny Osmond describes his multiple identities to Joel Cohen. He reveals his perferred identity: “I’m just a normal person. I have children, I’m a dad at home, I have callouses on my hands from changing the plumbing and the electrical and all that kind of stuff, just like everybody else. But where a lot of celebrities go wrong and lose it is when they don ‘t know how to shut show business off. I just want to be a Chicagoan.”
5:34Copy video clip URL Character: On a casual stroll from Andersonville to Old Orchard, Ed Holstein, a fixture in Chicago folk music, puffs on his cigar and concludes, “I’m a banjo player…people don’t come up to banjo players and say, ‘What do you think of the Clinton health proposal?’ They say, ‘Do you know where there’s a Jiffy Lube?’ I’m dressed like a country gentleman, I got a banjo…[people say] ‘Leave that guy alone.'” He plays the banjo and sings “Walking Down the Line.”
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9:12Copy video clip URL Second Violinists: Camcorder Correspondent and part-time violinist Andrew Jones challenges himself to play with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Violinist Mihaela Ionescu-Ashkenasi because “Nobody likes to play second fiddle, but somebody’s got to do it.” From her apartment on Lake Shore Drive, Mihaela tells Jones, “The truth is, it’s very hard to be a very good second violinist…The idea that the second violinists are not as good as the first is a misconception, I think. And we’re all capable of playing just as well…we should be prepared to play anything, anytime and it’s certainly the case at the Chicago Symphony.” When Jones complains of the double stops, Mihaela victoriously smirks, “You see, now you say it’s a problem being a second violinist!”
13:57Copy video clip URL Performance Intro: “Hi, it’s me Brigid Murphy, resident show girl for Chicago Slices. I’m in Abbott Park today with the Windy City Cheerleaders.” Coach Edward Campbell explains the origins of the group, “It started in mother’s backyard…and I formed it into a big company.”
15:19Copy video clip URL What The El: This week, Shirley Nice and Lina Santillan guess that the lady in the red coat is 30-35 years old, owns a cat, does or does not have children, is named Judy or Clara, and works in either an office or is a social worker. Her name is Sally Barnum. She’s 44, has a 12 year old daughter, is a librarian with a social service agency and has a dog, turtle and rat (loathes cats). She comments, “This is really the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me on the el and I thought a lot of strange things happened on the el.”
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18:00Copy video clip URL Edsel For Sale: “Lean,low and rarin’ to go, the 1958 Edsel. You can see it’s distinctively different lines. You can feel it’s tremendous reponse on the road cruising, pulling, climbing” (The 1958 Edsel commercial). From Blue Island, Illinois, Werner Hess assures Camcorder Correspondent Andrew Jones that the 4-door orange Edsel ’58 Ranger he is selling WILL start. Asking price $2500.
20:11Copy video clip URL Here’s My Story: In Bolingbrook, champion frisbee catching canines and their owners leap, twirl, contort and perform acrobatic tricks.
21:30Copy video clip URL Bad, Bad Leroy Brown: (announcer) “We thought Bad Bad Leroy Brown was just a song until we found the real Leroy Brown performing on the North Side.” In the bar Blue Chicago, Leroy Brown talks about his legend, “Naw, I’m not really bad, you know they say that, but I’m really not bad.” He continues by explaining, “The song was written about me in the Marine Corps, Jim Croce was a friend of mine in the service, so that’ s how the song came along: from my different adventures while I was in the service.” Bernard Reed reminisces about the time he saw Leroy playing with the Five Dutones at the Regal Theater, “Leroy stood out amongst the whole group. He was always smiling. I said, ‘Look at that guy, he’s having a good time.'”
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25:21Copy video clip URL Credits: The CVS marching band for KFC dancers joking around with our correspondent.