“I get paid good money to just be who I am: a freak on wheels.” -Jack Blackfelt We have more than 7000 videos in our archive. Most portray interesting people at a particular moment in their lives. One great thing about video is its ability for people to watch many years later and provide perspective about how they’ve changed. This is the first of these updates we will be doing. This update features footage of colorful bike messenger Jack Blackfelt that was … Continue reading
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.
1:06 Cold Open with Ben Hollis. “Streetwise… Hi, my name is Ben. You’re watching WPWR, Channel 50… Do you miss me?” 1:33 Opening. 2:00 Tonnight’s Show: “This week, Kennedy woman Tammi Smith, El Rider Christian Smith, Milly Mae Smithy, and we begin with Jack the Bike Messenger.” 2:20 Jack Blackfelt. Camera follows bike messenger through downtown traffic. Blackfelt relates a little life philosophy, what it takes to be a good rider, and demonstrates how he navigates Chicago traffic. 6:54 Commercial … Continue reading