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Published on Jan 4, 2017
In 1967, Dad (aka Mike Royko) and his Chicago Daily News held a mongrel dog show at Soldier Field. I was 8 years old at the time, and remember it being a blast. Recently I started transferring old VHS tapes to digital, including a tape of 8mm movies my late mom took in the 1960s that I had had transferred to VHS 25 years ago, and that's where this brief video clip turned up. Not HQ by any stretch, no close-ups, mainly long shots from her seat, though there is a little bit down at ground level, including a couple of seconds of me waving at Dad through the fence. This coming September, it will be 50 years since this took place. I don't know of any other surviving film or video footage, but there might be some in a network archive somewhere, or the Museum of Broadcast History(?).
Through Google, you can find a few more things about it (such as Dick Ciconne's and Doug Moe's biographies of Dad, for example) and I'm pasting a link (below) to the almost-50-year-old Chicago Daily News column. So, enjoy this little bit of Chicago history.