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TWTD Archive – October 5, 1996

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Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, October 5, 1996

Observing the 125th Anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871

PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (1-30-49) The Town Council is looking for a new Fire Chief and Phil is asked to do the job.

LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-9-44) “In Old Chicago” starring Dorothy Lamour, Robert Young and John Hodiak.  A story of Chicago leading up to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

REFLECTIONS (7-14-71) Bill Griskey tells the story of another fire in Chicago, July 14, 1874.

BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (10-25-46) The famed sportscaster with fantastic stories, including the story of a fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

AMERICAN FAMILY NEWS (6-4-46) John Harrington reports on the LaSalle Hotel fire, “Chicago’s worst hotel fire.”  Many stories of fire victims.  Bob Cunningham gets an eyewitness account from a woman who was able to escape from the hotel.

MAL BELLAIRS (1963) A collage of announcements regarding the $20 million fire at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-14-41) The Mayor asks McGee to become –on a temporary basis- Fire Commissioner of Wistful Vista.  Cast features Gale Gordon in his first appearance as Mayor LaTrivia.