Wild Chicago, no. 408

Wild Chicago Episode #408. Ben Hollis visits the Illinois Institute of Technology to discover the latest synthesis of art and science, rides a speed boat on Lake Michigan, tours a gumball factory specializing in producing goop and slime, rides double-decker with the Chicago Motor Coach Company, and learns how to make wrought iron fences.

00:33Copy video clip URL Production credits displayed.

00:58Copy video clip URL Ad for the Illinois Lottery, a corporate sponsor of the program.

01:24Copy video clip URL Clips of the episode’s subjects shown over carnivalesque music. A narrator briefly gives depictions of each.

01:58Copy video clip URL Opening to Wild Chicago, montage of Ben Hollis’s introduction and fragmented clips of eclectic scenes across the Chicagoland area.

02:50Copy video clip URL “Wild Success Story.” Bill Pruitt drives a speed boat named “Fast Forward.” Hollis joins Pruitt as they dash out on the open waters of Lake Michigan. Pruitt says the boat is primed with two Chevy 454 engines that speed to 450 horsepower each. Pruitt is a self-taught real estate agent who has spent most of his life as a musician in a rock band.

06:26Copy video clip URL “Wild Neighbor.” Hollis visits a man named Ed who bears the self given moniker “The Idea Man.” He lives in Orland Park. Ed is a one-man-band with an array of repurposed instruments, though he primarily plays the accordion.

10:48Copy video clip URL “Art Power.” At the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chemistry department, art meets innovation through a new 3-D technology. Ellen Sandor directs initiative called (Art)n lab. Pscholograms, a computer generated three-dimensional image, similar to a hologram but in full color, combine scientific imaging with artful creativity. On display at the laboratory includes a cross-shaped pschologram tribute to a patient who recently died of AIDS.

14:16Copy video clip URL “Fence Maker.” Gilbert Ramirez, owner of Gil’s Gates, crafts wrought iron fences for sale. Gilbert is an artisan who hand makes ornamental works of iron and is originally from Costa Rica. Hollis meets an artist who fashions iron and uses Ramirez’s space. Ramirez also shows his affinity for Robert Frost.

17:05Copy video clip URL “Bus Man.” Jim Nikitas is chairman of the Chicago Motor Coach Company. As “purveyors of polite transportation,” the company is known for their double decker buses. They became the fist bus company in Chicago in 1914. Hollis and some of Nikitas’s employees (along with a Wild Chicago cameraman) ride in the top deck of a former London transport bus.

20:12Copy video clip URL “Party People.” Party experts at Renowned Productions (formerly 3355 N. Drake). The business creates specialized, idiosyncratic, and individually themed party productions for an array of events and venues. Cutouts of famous characters and people intended for visual spectacle and imagination, along with props, decorations, and decor fill the warehouse. The company has hosted events for politicians like Illinois Governor James Thompson and Ronald Reagan.

23:57Copy video clip URL “Gumball King.” Century Corporation manufactures gumball machines. Hollis tours the manufacturing location of a business that makes gumballs and dispensing machines. He encounters a bucket of slime.

27:03Copy video clip URL Scenes from the next Wild Chicago episode shown.

27:45Copy video clip URL Ad spot for “Wild Wear.” A short commercial by Hollis for viewers to buy official Wild Chicago merchandise.

28:19Copy video clip URL Main credits shown.

28:39Copy video clip URL Wild Chicago closing graphics.

28:51Copy video clip URL Illinois Lottery advertisement.



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