It takes a lot of nerve to claim to tell the panoramic story of Chicago television in just 144 pages of pictures and words. But I'm pleased to report that two former archivists for the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Daniel Berger and Steve Jajkowski, have proved themselves up to the task.
Through Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, they've just published Chicago Television, a glorious and nostalgic journey through the first 50 years of the medium -- a period roughly from 1940 to 1990. Proceeds from the paperback, officially out Feb. 1 and available online at www.museum.tv and Amazon.com, benefit the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
More than 200 vintage photographs are complemented by the editors' illuminating captions and commentary. They're all here -- from "Kukla, Fran & Ollie" to "Siskel & Ebert" -- the pioneers and pitchmen, the kids' shows, the talk shows, the game shows, the sports shows, and, of course, the news shows. Another thing I liked about the book: I counted four pictures of Kup and not one of Oprah.