Short highlight reel of Tom Weinberg's career for his Silver Circle Award presented by the Chicago / Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a black screen, color bars, and tone. 00:47Copy video clip URL Cut to slate and countdown.
01:02Copy video clip URL Fade into a shot of Weinberg in Comiskey Park in 1977 giving an introduction to his work. From “Slices of Chicago.” 01:17Copy video clip URL Cut to a brief clip of the “Image Union” intro.
01:20Copy video clip URL Cut to a brief clip of the “Rostenkowski” intro. 01:24Copy video clip URL Cut to a brief clip of the “VITO” intro.
01:28Copy video clip URL Cut to a brief clip of the “Punchline” intro. 01:29Copy video clip URL Cut to a brief clip of the “Wired In” intro.
01:33Copy video clip URL Cut to brief clip of “Time Out” intro. 01:38Copy video clip URL Cut to “Once A Star” intro.
01:42Copy video clip URL Cut to intro of the “The Bozo 25th Anniversary Special.”
01:46Copy video clip URL Cut to the intro for “Radio Faces.”
01:56Copy video clip URL Cut to the intro for “The 90’s.”
02:04Copy video clip URL Cut to the intro for “Chicago Slices.”
02:07Copy video clip URL Cut to the intro for “Weekend TV.”
02:11Copy video clip URL Cut to the intro for “None of the Above.”
02:19Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of WTTW/Chicago Senior Correspondent John Callaway, who says a few words about Weinberg and his documentary work. “Tom Weinberg wanted to do and did and does television without getting in the way. In a certain sort of way, he was the father in this country of the true reality television.”
02:35Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of the TVTV logo. This leads into footage from the 1972 documentary “Four More Years.” We watch as both supporters and protesters voice their concerns over Richard Nixon’s presidency and the Vietnam War at the Republican National Convention. A TVTV correspondent speaks with then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about Vietnam and his time spent at the RNC.
03:00Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “The 90’s: 1992 Primary Special.” We watch as Bill and Hillary Clinton speak with a young girl named Destiny while on a campaign stop. We then see footage from “The 90’s Archive” of Bill Clinton shooting a promo for the show. Weinberg asks Clinton to hold up a 90’s t-shirt and say, “See you in the 90’s.”
03:47Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Media Burn.” We watch as the Phantom Dream Car, a modified 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through a pyramid of flaming TV sets.
04:00Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Overnight Man.” We watch as Joe Cummings talks about the work he does for WBBM news radio with Weinberg.
04:13Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “VITO.” We watch as alderman Vito Marzullo and his wife Letizia speak with Weinberg about Chicago politics.
04:35Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Studs On A Soapbox.” We watch as Studs Terkel shares a story about a frequenter to the Wells-Grand Hotel where Terkel grew up.
04:57Copy video clip URL Cut to an interview with Studs Terkel, who talks about Weinberg’s contribution to the television and documentary world. “But of all those involved with television, especially making something that is documentary in nature, I know of nobody with the imagination and a sort of empathy as Tom Weinberg has.” Terkel then begins to talk about Weinberg’s documentary, “It’s A Living,” which was made in collaboration with Terkel. Terkel speaks under memorable clips from the video. “Once when he was doing an adaptation of his own of my book, Working, and he called it It’s a Living. And he captured certain people there in manners that no one else captured them.” Terkel then recounts the story of parking lot attendant Alfred Pommier, Lovin’ Al.
05:51Copy video clip URL Cut to a clip from the documentary “Inside Spring Training.” Weinberg and Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso go over the proper ways to give a handshake.
06:06Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Once A Star.” We watch as MLB player Mark “the bird” Fidrych talks about his odd habits while on the mound.
06:35Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of Thea Flaum talking about Weinberg. “Tom has always believed in the power of independent voices, independent points of view, and believed that they belong on television. And he has created whole television series designed to showcase other people’s work.”
06:49Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Ambassadors of Cabrini.” We watch as young teens practice gymnastics as part of the Jesse White Tumblers. A young boy speaks about what it’s like growing up in Cabrini Green and being a tumbler.
07:31Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “The 90’s.” We watch numerous clips from the series.
08:22Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Veeck: A Man For Any Season.” Veeck sits in the Wrigley Field bleachers and expresses his love for ballparks.
08:41Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from “Rostenkowski.” The Congressman sits at his desk and talks about raising his children in the Midwest.
09:05Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Terkel saying, “I think we got it.”
09:14Copy video clip URL Tape ends.