Chicago Commuters Delay (10/28/1996)
Some 100-thousand Chicago commuters were delayed due to the result of a fire at an elevated train station on Saturday. The Chicago Transit Authority resorted to using buses to move customers from the station to connecting trains. The fire, which started at a building adjacent to some railtracks, did major damage to the station and the tracks. No one was injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. --- end ---
The 90's, episode 309: THE STREET: MUSIC AND PEOPLE
00:55 Cold open: pigeons. 04:26 Polka Dots by Skip Blumberg. A delivery man loads polka dot dresses into his van via a cord that slides them down from a 5th floor window to the street. Skip asks the man what's new in this year's fashions. He replies, Polka dots, a lot of Chiffon. Skip retorts, Yeah, that's your company, but when you're driving around on the streets, what are women wearing? He says, A lot of tights and tights with polka dots. 05:17 Shell Game by Skip Blumberg. On the streets of New York, a con man runs a betting game. 05:39 Earring Man by Skip Blumberg. A jewelry store security guard sports a collection of studded earrings along the cartilage of his ear. I guess you get a discount on earrings, Skip says. 10:50 Robert Byrd by Jim Mulryan. Robert Byrd, a homeless man, suggests that in order to deal with the problems of the homeless, everyone should take ten minutes out of his or her day to write a letter to the President. He then lists talking points for a sample letter. 16:13 Zimbabwe Homeless by Andrew Jones. In Harare, Zimbabwe, videomaker Andrew Jones interviews Richard Raubenheimer, a white homeless man. When Jones expresses confusion about the number of white homeless men on the streets in Harare, Raubenheimer explains that most of these men are former Rhodesian soldiers. He says that many of these men face racism from black managers and are unable to find jobs, or are simply disinterested in working. In conclusion, Jones asks, What's special about being on the streets of Harare? Nothing. Nothing's special. 17:17 The Old Balladeer by Jim Passin. In London, an old man sings The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen as he accompanies himself with accordion. The music plays over time lapse city images. 19:22 The Wastebasket by Skip Blumberg. Fred Kent of Project for Public Space, discusses the surprising ways that people utilize the space around a wastebasket on a busy street corner in New York through the use of time lapse film. 21:06 Fresh Fish by Skip Blumberg. Skip Blumberg goes to the market to check out the fish. He asks which fish is the freshest, and the vendor points to a box full of live, squirming catfish. That's pretty fresh! says Skip. 23:04 What's That Smell? by Skip Blumberg. Doug Skinner sings and plays ukulele on a song called What's That Smell?, a jokey sort of song about bad smells. It's so abrasive and is so pervasive that you don't feel well... 25:33 Times Square, 1991 by Esti Marpet. The sights and sounds of Times Square. John Tumelty of the NYPD likens the West Side to a good ham sandwich. Prof. Vernon Boggs of City University tells us how to spot an undercover cop car. Prof. William Kornblum of City University says nothing pays as well as pornography and points out the Show World Center - a department store of pornography. A chess match leads to an argument. 29:14 Art Pushes, Art Provokes by Pedro Carvajal. A guerrilla art group covers alcohol and tobacco billboards in New York with their own PSAs. Among them include: McDonald's: Better Living Through Chemistry, Censorship is Good Because *********, and AIDS: It's Not Just for Gays Anymore. 31:39 Woman Walking by Skip Blumberg. A woman walking down the street talks about how a woman should protect herself when walking on New York City streets. If you take precautions you're ok. 32:37 Womanaware by Skip Blumberg. A self-empowerment workshop teaches women how to defend themselves on the New York streets. In a staged confrontation, a woman plants her cowboy boots into her attacker's face. She then credits Womanaware for giving her self-confidence and teaching her to read the street. If you can run - run, she advises. 33:48 Excerpt from Overnight Man by Tom Weinberg. In footage from 1978, all-night Chicago street reporter Joe Cummings phones in a mysterious death that occurred on the subway: The man is 25 to 40, fully clothed and... dead. 35:00 Chicago Musicians by Kathie Robertson. Various street musicians perform on subway platforms in Chicago. A tap dancer dances to Nobody Cares About Me. Nicholas Barron sings his original tune I Wish I Was a Bird and comments on the importance of street performance as a means to develop as an artist. In the meantime, the Chicago Transit Authority tries to ban street performers. 38:27 Project Troubadour by Stuart Leigh. A group of American musicians and dancers travel to Brazil to entertain rural villages in the troubadour tradition, which involves bringing messages and stories through song from town to town. They discuss the importance of reviving this tradition. After a performance, we feel bonded with the people. On The Day of the King's Festival one participant reacts, I didn't understand it, but I didn't feel I had to understand it because I could feel it. 42:44 Todd Alcott by Skip Blumberg. The 90's regular, Todd Alcott, rants about his paranoid fantasies and inability to interact with society: I've had enough. Some times when I see people on the street, they'll follow salutations with 'How are you?' I don't know how to respond to this. I usually get all goggle-eyed and say 'I'm here!' They usually take this as a smart remark, a cutting barb, an anti-social jibe. I don't know what they want me to say. I am there, after all... I'm already interacting like crazy... Sometimes when I walk by an iron fence with spikes on top, I'm always afraid I'm going to trip and impale my head on the spikes... I'm afraid of the subway trains... I can't remember the name of the place that I work... I am embarrassed. I am unhappy. 45:14 Times Beach by Bruce Lixey. A documentary about Times Beach, MO. From 1972 to 1973 the city contracted Russell Bliss to spray the roads with an oil-based formula to keep the dust down. In addition to oil, the spray also had dioxin in it, the mos t toxic chemical known to man. The town has since been closed down and purchased by the U.S. government. An ex-resident points out some of the sites of the town, which have since been overcome with weeds. The government knew about the contamination, but the EPA waited until 1982 to test for it. The woman pulls out photographs of her family. Her 18-year-old grandson is deaf, her granddaughter has leukemia and all of her female children have female problems In 1992, the government plans to incinerate the town and turn it into a recreational park. 51:01 Baby Stroller by Skip Blumberg. Danica Kombol demonstrates the trials of using a baby stroller on the streets of New York. 53:07 One Man Band by Nancy Cain. In Venice Beach, Cedric Stokes plays the saxophone and drums at the same time. 53:42 Blind Walk by Skip Blumberg. Lilly Barry, a blind woman, talks about the problems she faces getting around New York. At a street corner, Skip says, Should we go? and starts her walking across the street. Just in time, he realizes, I guess we shouldn't. It's blinking 'Don't Walk.' That was so stupid on my part. 55:04 Betty Aberlin by Skip Blumberg. In New York, Betty Aberlin points out metal armrests which the city has installed on park benches to keep the homeless from sleeping on them. She deadpans that they couldn't sleep there unless they were extremely thin. 53:36 Federal Express by Skip Blumberg. Skip walks to Federal Express office and sends some tapes to The 90's. 56:37 The 90's Mailbag segment with Joe Cummings. 54:43 Fran and Tak by Skip Blumberg. Fran Korenman talks about her mother's reaction to her husband Takayoshi Yoshida. She says it was easier for her Jewish mother to deal with their interracial relationship when Tak demonstrated a minimal knowledge of Yiddish. 55:46 Charles Cooke by Jay April. Charles Cooke, a Chumash Indian Chief, is asked about his feelings about involving whites in his struggles for Native American rights. He replies, You have to have the camaraderie, that fellowship, that brotherhood. That creates this type of thing where people have to come together.
THE BROWN LINE- CHICAGO
Chicago's Brown Line trains running on their tracks high above the city streets.
Coney Island and Chicago 1950s
Coney Island New York - crowds - high angle down to boardwalk filled with thousands of people milling about - beach - film leader - Chicago - The Loop - city - downtown - multi-ethnic group of men and women bustling on sidewalk - multi-racial - red Lake Front State Street Shuttle Service bus passes by - F.W. Woolworth's - The Cotton Shop - Katz Exclusive - red Chicago city bus - Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) passes through intersection - pedestrians
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
OC 350 SOF MAG ROLL C CONTINUATION OF FTG OF CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA). MORE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON CTA INCREASE.
CHI TRANSIT AUTHORTY
00:00:00:00 A bus, not a musical group (0:00)/
ROCK MUSIC
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY ON STAGE MISC SHOTS
PA-0095 Beta SP; DN-S-076 1 inch; AFP-29AJ 16mm
Powers of Congress, The
RTA FARE HIKES
00:00:00:00 Chicago's rapid Transit Authority is proposing fare increase. :20- buses in traffic. SOT--ILL. Go. James Thompson. (0:00) /
stranded - travelers (01/05/1999)
The effects of the Blizzard of '99 is still being felt in Chicago. Yesterday, stranded travelers at O'Hare waited in long lines due to flight delays. But the good news...almost all airlines have caught up after a weekend of thousands of cancellations at both Chicago's O'Hare and Midway. But travellers are still strongly urged to check on flights before heading out to the airport. And as flights get back to normal, so does the Chicago Transit Authority (C.T.A) train service. Trains were running close to normal Monday evening after a morning for rush hour delays. Some riders say they waited up to an hour and a half for a ride though.
ROCK MUSIC
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY - I'M A MAN (1969)
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
OC 800 SOF MAG ROLL A FTG OF CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA). VS TRAFFIC W/ STREETCARS, BUSES. INTV W/ REVEREND J CARPENTER. HE IS AGAINST CTA FARE HIKE AND SAYS MONEY SHOULD BE GOTTEN ELSEWHERE NOT FROM THE POOR WHO USE STREET CARS AND BUSES THE MOST. GALE SU.
FUEL CELL VEHICLES
Examples of zero-emission fuel cell vehicles.
RTA FARE HIKES
00:00:00:00 Chicago's Rapid Transit Authority is proposing fare increase in integrated neighborhoods. SHOTS--kids getting off school bus. :10 kids in kindergarten. (0:00) /
ROCK MUSIC
CHICAGO - DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
MASS TRANSIT
OC 900 SOF MAG ROLL A FTG OF MASS TRANSIT. VS FREEWAY TRAFFIC AND MASS TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MTA) TRAINS RUNNING. VS CROWD ON CHICAGO STREETS. INT OF MASS TRANSIT CAR W/ ONE MAN IN IT. VS RUSH HOUR CROWDS ON SUBWAYS. INTV W/ CLAIR RODDEWIG OF CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA). HE STRESSES NEED FOR BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. SU MATNEY. MORE OF FREEWAY TRAFFIC AND CTA TRAINS. VS OF BUSES AND CARS ON CHICAGO STREETS.
ROCK MUSIC
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY ON STAGE (FIRST VERSION OF ROCK BAND THAT BECAME "CHICAGO")
CHICAGO B ROLL FILE SIU
MASS TRANSIT
OC 800 SOF MAG ROLL D CONTINUATION OF FTG OF MASS TRANSIT. INTV W/ PAUL KOLE, CONTROLLER OF CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA). HE TELLS OF NEAR BANKRUPT CONDITION OF CTA AND GIVES REASONS AND COMPARES IT W/ OPERATIONS IN OTHER CITIES. MORE OF CROWDS IN CTA STATIONS AND WALKING ON STREETS.
MASS TRANSIT
OC 1100 SOF MAG ROLL B CONTINUATION OF FTG OF MASS TRANSIT. MORE OF TRAFFIC. MORE OF INTV W/ CLAIR RODDERWIG OF CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA). HE OUTLINES PROPOSAL FOR A REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM AND TELLS OF BUYING 1,000 NEW BUSES IN TWO YEARS AT A COST OF 45 MILLION DOLLARS. TRACKING SHOTS ALONG FREEWAY, SHOWING CTA TRAINS RUNNING. VS OF HUGE PARKING LOT IN A DOWNTOWN AREA.
CHICAGO B ROL
CHICAGO; GRANT PARK; LAKE MICHIGAN
SAMUEL SKINNER SWEARING-IN CEREMONY (1989)
CUTS OF PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH AT SAM SKINNER’S SWEARING IN AS THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION.