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  • In Memory of Scott Jacobs (March 27, 1950 – October 21, 2021)

    In Memory of Scott Jacobs (March 27, 1950 – October 21, 2021)

    …journalism from that day until Thursday, October 21, 2021. He loved getting people to talk on his camera Scott lumbered. He laughed at his own witticisms and snorted. He was a force everywhere he went. His heart gave out all of a sudden, but he had a generous heart for so many of us for so long. IPA, The Editing House will live on in many hundred brains and hearts. Scott, Starr, and Tom Shea started something with its own life at 1208 W… Continue reading

  • Pugs ‘n Pols

    Pugs ‘n Pols

    0:49 “Jane Byrne Election Night.” Produced by Scott Jacobs for “The Video News” with Cindy Neal and Lily Ollinger. [Note: For the official director’s cut, visit: https://vimeo.com/139883277] We follow Jane Byrne on February 27, 1979 at the Ambassador Hotel. Byrne is just finding out that she may have won the election for Mayor of Chicago. She watches TV and talks about the havoc handshaking has wrought on her nails… Continue reading

  • Royko At The Goat

    Royko At The Goat

    00:00 Exterior of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago. Title screen appears. 00:08 Royko and his fellow teammates talk softball over beers and burgers. 00:20 Cut to a closeup of Royko, who begins to talk about his lifelong love affair with 16-inch softball. “Guys who are obsessive softball players, they want a game. Every minute they want to play.” Royko continues, “Every day after work he will play because he loves it, he loves i… Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0030: Municipal Mirth

    Image Union, episode 0030: Municipal Mirth

    0:00 Weather report. 0:27 Image Union opening. 1:00 Municipal Mirth by Nick Despota, Scott Jacobs, and John Mabey. The tape documents Mayor Jane Byrne’s Summertime Chicago program, which sponsored street festivals in Chicago’s neighborhoods during the summer of 1979. The videomakers visit six of these festivals in neighborhoods across the city. 1:18 South Shore. At the South Shore Country Club (now the South Shore Cultural Center) on… Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0003

    Image Union, episode 0003

    …t Comiskey Park. 11:22 Christmas Morning in Sister Bay by Dan Sandin. Image Processor. 15:24 The Santa Tapes by Scott Jacobs. [Note: for the full director’s cut, visit https://vimeo.com/139756619] Open on people in downtown Chicago shopping during Christmas. Jacobs interviews an 80-year-old man who dresses up like Santa for the Marshall Field’s department store as he gets dressed for work. 28:32 “Another Millionaire” by To… Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0034

    Image Union, episode 0034

    0:00 Slate. 0:14 Image Union opening. 1:00 “The Bumber Nationals” by Scott Jacobs. Seattle Center, Labor Day, 1979. Norm Langel (?) explains the Bumber Nationals, an artists’ soapbox derby competition where the contestants can win such prizes as “Best Dressed Pit Crew” and “Slowest time.” 20:14 “The Goody Twoshoes.” Five school-aged girls wear gaudy costumes and sing “Leader of the Pack… Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0040: Holiday Show

    Image Union, episode 0040: Holiday Show

    00:00 Image Union opening. 00:47 1979 Chicago Thanksgiving parade footage featuring Mayor Jane Byrne, shot by Scott Jacobs. 01:16 “The Happy Bus” by Lilly Ollinger. B&W video. A short documentary about a Chicago bus driver who preaches the gospel to his passengers. 04:13 “Christmas Eve at Gordon’s” by Jay Tannenbaum. B & W film. A short documentary about the night before Christmas at a small neighborhood gro… Continue reading

  • Las Vegas Tapes Revised

    Las Vegas Tapes Revised

    00:06 Man in restaurant talks to videomaker Scott Jacobs about videotape techniques. 00:51 Titles. Assorted clips of people and places in Las Vegas. One woman says, “I came in a Cadillac, and now I’m going back on the Greyhound Bus.” Other people talk about their wins and losses. 2:31 Man talks about why people go to Vegas. He attributes it to tourism, relief from tension, and the lights, “but here is one thing I would li… Continue reading


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