Raw tape for the award-winning series The 90's. Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame awards at the Midland Hotel, hosted by Irv Kupcinet (1912-2003).
00:00Copy video clip URL The first 22 minutes feature people socializing in the lobby, and three young people playing cards.
22:02Copy video clip URL Irv Kupcinet begins the program, which he explains is reviving the Press Club. He announces that they will be inducting 8 journalists: 4 living and 4 posthumously.
24:00Copy video clip URL Ken Towers of the Chicago Sun-Times comes up to speak. He notes that this ceremony is the first after a six-year hiatus and gives background on the Press Club. He honors Jerry Davis, president of the Press Club at the time of the first ceremony, and and names members of the club during the early ’80s.
26:45Copy video clip URL The camera cuts, and then Les Brownlee (1915-2005), seminal African-American journalist and President of the Chicago Headline Club, speaks at the podium about the Headline Club’s involvement in the award ceremony.
27:32Copy video clip URL Camera cuts, then Irv Kupcinet introduces Charles Shield of the Illinois Manufacturing Association, who will honor “the poet-laureate of the old Daily News,” Eugene Field.
28:10Copy video clip URL Charles Shield makes his speech honoring Field (deceased), who he calls “the founder of the newspaper column as we know it today,” through his column “Sharps and Flats.” Frank Peal (?) will accept the award on Field’s behalf, as no members of Field’s family have been located.
32:21Copy video clip URL Camera cuts, then Kupcinet speaks about Herb Graffis (1893-1989), publisher of golf magazines and former sports writer and WWII correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times, and his reputation for being a big drinker and “the most delightfully profane gentleman in the city.” Graffis’ granddaughters accept his award.
36:47Copy video clip URL Kupcinet introduces Wally Phillips (1925-2008), legendary WGN-radio man, to present the next award.
37:04Copy video clip URL Phillips speaks about ABC-radio man Paul Harvey (1918-2009), who will be receiving an award.
40:07Copy video clip URL Phillips plays a humorous clip of a Paul Harvey radio broadcast and then continues to speak. Paul Harvey, Jr. will accept the award as Harvey himself was unable to attend.
43:00Copy video clip URL Camera cuts, then Paul Harvey, Jr. reads an acceptance letter from his father.
46:38Copy video clip URL Wally Phillips introduces Robert E. Johnson (1922-1996), executive editor of Jet Magazine.
46:57Copy video clip URL Camera cuts, then Johnson briefly speaks about the struggle for African-American rights.
47:20Copy video clip URL Camera cuts, then Kupcinet returns to present Ken Towers again and thank him.
47:44Copy video clip URL Towers pays tribute to Art Petacque (d. 2001), Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-winning journalist.
53:45Copy video clip URL Petacque accepts his award and thanks his family members and others in the room.
56:42Copy video clip URL The camera cuts, and then a woman accepts an award on behalf of her father. The tape ends in the middle of her speech.
58:54Copy video clip URL End of tape.