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James Baldwin on Chicago Tonight with John Callaway in 1985.

From the Archive: James Baldwin in Conversation with John Callaway

Daniel Hautzinger

Watch James Baldwin share his ever-incisive observations late in his life on Chicago Tonight in 1985. "When Americans say progress, they really mean how quickly, and to what extent, and how profoundly, a black person becomes white," Baldwin says.
Fred Rogers on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in 1985.

From the Archive: Mister Rogers

Daniel Hautzinger

In 1985, Mister Rogers appeared on Chicago Tonight to discuss 30 years on television and offer some wisdom in his characteristic thoughtful manner.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. on WTTW

From the Archive: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Widow Coretta Scott King

Daniel Hautzinger

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, listen to the woman who helped make the civil rights leader's birthday a federal holiday, as Coretta Scott King discusses her husband's sense of humor and legacy, as well as the structural problems undergirding racism.
Oprah Winfrey on WTTW's Callaway Magazine in 1984

From the Archive: An Interview with Oprah at the Beginning of Her Fame

Daniel Hautzinger

Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey gave a galvanizing acceptance speech after being granted a lifetime achievement award. See what she was like just as her career was taking off with a morning talk show, in a 1984 interview on WTTW.
IBM Tower and the Wrigley Building in 1986

From the Archive: The Chicago River

Daniel Hautzinger

The upcoming The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer explores the river today. But what was the waterway like thirty years ago, back when the city center was only just beginning to be revitalized? Watch a tour from a 1986 episode of Chicago Tonight.
General William Westmoreland and President Lyndon B. Johnson. April 4, 1968. Photo: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Audiovisual Archives

From the Archive: General William Westmoreland

Daniel Hautzinger

As Ken Burns's The Vietnam War approaches, watch excerpts from two 1976 WTTW interviews with General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. The war "came about as the result of a series of very serious political blunders," he says.
Riverview Park.

From the Archive: Riverview Park

Daniel Hautzinger

Riverview Park delighted Chicagoans for 64 summers, from 1904-1967. A massive parachute tower, beloved roller coasters, spooky fun houses, the world's largest carousel: relive them all in this Chicago Story about the beloved amusement park that used to stand at Belmont and Western.
Malcolm Boyd on Callaway Interviews.

From the Archive: An Episcopal Priest On Coming Out

Daniel Hautzinger

As the Chicago Pride Parade approaches, look back at a conversation with Malcolm Boyd, one of the first American clergymen to come out of the closet. "The majority loses its rights the moment it doesn't recognize the rights of minorities," he says.
The Edgewater Beach Hotel.

Magic by the Lake: The Edgewater Beach Hotel

Daniel Hautzinger

The Edgewater Beach Hotel played host to weddings, big bands, scandals, and celebrities like Nat King Cole and Bette Davis during its heyday. Experience some of the "Magic by the Lake" in this episode of Chicago Stories.
President John F. Kennedy.

From the Archive: John F. Kennedy

Daniel Hautzinger

Today is John F. Kennedy's centenary. 34 years ago, WTTW's John Callaway hosted a discussion on the legacy of the 35th president of the United States on the twentieth anniversary of his assassination. 
Chicago's 1933 World's Fair

A Break in the Clouds: Chicago's 1933 World's Fair

Daniel Hautzinger

84 years ago today, in the midst of the Great Depression, Chicago opened an extravagant World's Fair. The exposition celebrated "A Century of Progress" in the city and highlighted technological innovations such as the twelve-sided House of Tomorrow, which featured an electric dishwasher and air conditioning, and a Sky Ride that ferried visitors over the entire fair.

Jacques Pépin and Julia Child, c. 1980s. Photo: Courtesy Jacques Pépin

From the Archive: Julia Child

Daniel Hautzinger

In a 1978 interview with WTTW's John Callaway, Julia Child discusses food snobs, nutrition freaks, and children in the kitchen. "My point is to make cooking easy for people so that they can enjoy it and do it, rather than making it a kind of art for the 'we happy few,'" she says.
	Janet Guthrie's 1978 Wildcat on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/The359

From the Archive: Race Car Driver Janet Guthrie

Daniel Hautzinger

Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indianapolis and Daytona 500s. In 1979, she spoke to WTTW's John Callaway about her most recent Indy race and the sexism she encountered as a racer.

From the Archive: 'New Yorker' Film Critic Pauline Kael

Daniel Hautzinger

Hear the influential critic speak about writing a review and the animosity towards a woman writing criticism in this interview with WTTW's John Callaway in 1980. 
Christie Hefner, former chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises

From the Archive: 'Playboy' Executive Christie Hefner

Daniel Hautzinger

Last month, Playboy brought back nude pictorials after a year without them. Hear part of the debate over the magazine's portrayal of women as it stood back in 1978, in an archival interview with Christie Hefner, then the VP of the company.
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