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Saturday, March 25th, 2017
37 Years Ago Today

Here's Part 3 (the final part) of an episode of the prototypical "reality show" Real People on WMAQ Channel 5.

In this segment, hosts (from Left to right) Byron Allen, Skip Stephenson, Sarah Purcell and John Barbour sum up rhyming "thoughts to think about," with John musing about Three Mile Island's nuclear waste, Byron waxing philosophic about Gerald Ford's aborted 1980 Presidential run, Sarah ruminating on credit card charges, and Skip giving the lowdown on housing prices. With that, they say their good nights.

Announcer Jack Harrell (who was later the original announcer for The People's Court) previews the guests of next week's edition as the credits roll (look for an RCA TK-44A camera with a sticker featuring the 1976 NBC logo on the side):

During the credit roll, voice over Casey Kasem previews upcoming episodes of Diff'rent Strokes ("The Squealer," which comes on after this show), Hello, Larry ("Larry's Mid-Life Crisis: Part 2"), the short-lived TV series version of From Here to Eternity ("The Departure"), and for the next day (March 27th), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ("Flight of the War Witch") and Quincy, M.E. ("Deadly Arena").

NBC News Update with John Dancy (opening voice over and sponsor billboard {for Nabisco Wheat Thins} by Washington, DC - based Mac McGarry {who was long famous for hosting that city's version of It's Academic on WMAQ's sister station, WRC Channel 4, for many years})

Commercial: Nabisco Wheat Thins with Sandy Duncan

Promo for conclusion of The Shaggy D.A. with Suzanne Pleshette, Vic Tayback and Dick Van Patten for Sunday, March 30th at 7 PM (6 PM Central & Mountain), followed by CHiPs episode "Dynamite Alley" on its new day and time at 8 PM (7 PM Central & Mountain) (voice over by Casey Kasem)

Promo for Jesus of Nazareth for Sunday at 9 PM (8 PM Central & Mountain) (voice over by Mel Brandt)

Commercial: Fayva - sales on Jack & Jill sandals - for $7 including leathers (sizes to 3) for a limited time - "A Different Kind of Shoe Store" (ending voice over advising of newest Chicago area Fayva stores by Ed Grennan)

Commercial: Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry - Hattie on phone invites Bobby over for a drink, then explains how inviting a man over for a drink is "as respectable as you can get" - "It's Downright Upright" - © 1978 Heublein, Inc., Hartford, Conn.

WMAQ Channel 5 ID slide with PSA for Kidney Foundation of Illinois (voice over by Ed Grennan)

This aired on March 26, 1980.

WMAQ Channel 5 - Real People (Part 3, 1980)

Here's Part 3 (the final part) of an episode of the prototypical "reality show" Real People on WMAQ Channel 5.

In this segment, hosts (from L - R) Byron Allen, Skip Stephenson, Sarah Purcell and John Barbour sum up rhyming "thoughts to think about," with John musing about Three Mile Island's nuclear waste, Byron waxing philosophic about Gerald Ford's aborted 1980 Presidential run, Sarah ruminating on credit card charges, and Skip giving the lowdown on housing prices. With that, they say their good nights.

Announcer Jack Harrell (who was later the original announcer for The People's Court) previews the guests of next week's edition as the credits roll (look for an RCA TK-44A camera with a sticker featuring the 1976 NBC logo on the side):

Real People
Executive Producer - George Schlatter
Producers - Bob Wynn, John Barbour
Directed by Dave Caldwell
Written by Dave Panich, Gene Farmer - with John Barbour and George Schlatter
Field Producers - Dave Bell, Peter Brown, Dan Chaykin, Susan Cuscuna, Pat Dunavan, Dan Gomez, Larry Mitchell, Bob Raser
Associate Producer - Gary Necessary
Art Director - Robert Keene
Costume Coordinator - Michael Travis
Assistant to the Producers - June Scott
Videotape Editors - Bryan Duggan, Vince Humphrey, Grant Johnson, Richard Schwadel, Barry Simon, Carl Stein, Peter Groom
Film Editors - Timothy Eaton, Sue Ann Fincke, Eve Goldberg, Donn Hoyer
Associate Director - Rick Locke
Assistant Film Editors - Steve Paskay, Peter Hedgeman, Doug Loviska, Joan Benike
Research Director - Wendi Benson
Research - Sondra Farrell, Wendy Heller, Hal Parets, Phyllis Rogowski, Brenda Dillon, Elayne Sawaya
Post Production Coordinator - Liz Mitchell
Location Managers - Hank Barr, Richard Hoover
Production Assistants - Pamela Cantori, Suzzanne Stangel, Jack Harrell, Linda Arcari, Victor Bank
Production Associates - Courtney Conte, Cary Gries, I.M. Friedman
Technical Director - Lou Fusari
Lighting Director - Kirk Witherspoon
Audio - Bill Cole
Video - Jerry Smith
Stage Managers - Jerry Masterson, Lee Fairchild
Makeup - Harry Blake
Production Manager - Peter Nichol
Miss Purcell's Wardrobe Furnished by Back Street Feminine Attire
Special Features by Charles Hillinger
A George Schlatter Production
(C) 1980 George Schlatter Productions - All Rights Reserved

During the credit roll, voiceover Casey Kasem previews upcoming episodes of Diff'rent Strokes ("The Squealer," which comes on after this show), Hello, Larry ("Larry's Mid-Life Crisis: Part 2"), the short-lived TV series version of From Here to Eternity ("The Departure"), and for the next day (March 27th), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ("Flight of the War Witch") and Quincy, M.E. ("Deadly Arena").

NBC News Update with John Dancy (opening voiceover and sponsor billboard {for Nabisco Wheat Thins} by Washington, DC - based Mac McGarry {who was long famous for hosting that city's version of It's Academic on WMAQ's sister station, WRC Channel 4, for many years})

John Dancy ("in Washington") reads the following items:

- Day 144 of the hostage crisis, and voting for a new Iranian parliament - and a decision on hostages' fate - is postponed amid fraud charges

- President Carter says Medicare and Social Security will not be affected by proposed budget cuts, but other programs will have deeper cuts than expected

- Pope John Paul II to embark on a six-nation tour of Africa in May

- U.S. Olympic Committee member says they may ignore Carter's call for boycott of Moscow Olympics and send a team there anyway

- India gives diplomatic recognition to PLO

John then ends the Update with the "more news later" notice.

Commercial: Nabisco Wheat Thins with Sandy Duncan

Promo for conclusion of The Shaggy D.A. with Suzanne Pleshette, Vic Tayback and Dick Van Patten for Sunday, March 30th at 7pm (6pm Central & Mountain), followed by CHiPs episode "Dynamite Alley" on its new day and time at 8pm (7pm Central & Mountain) (voiceover by Casey Kasem)

Promo for Jesus of Nazareth for Sunday at 9pm (8pm Central & Mountain) (voiceover by Mel Brandt)

Commercial: Fayva - sales on Jack & Jill sandals - for $7 including leathers (sizes to 3) for a limited time - "A Different Kind of Shoe Store" (ending voiceover advising of newest Chicago area Fayva stores by Ed Grennan)

Commercial: Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry - Hattie on phone invites Bobby over for a drink, then explains how inviting a man over for a drink is "as respectable as you can get" - "It's Downright Upright" - (C) 1978 Heublein, Inc., Hartford, Conn.

WMAQ Channel 5 ID slide with PSA for Kidney Foundation of Illinois (voiceover by Ed Grennan)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, March 26th 1980 during the 7:55pm to 8pm timeframe.

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Viewer Comments

OK, I give up. Why was Sarah clutching the box of Kleenex the whole show?
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Wednesday, May 2nd 2012 at 8:31pm.

NBC really was screwed up in 1980. The next day's Buck Rogers and Quincy episodes in the description were not the announced episodes in TV Guide. TV Guide and most newspapers had rerun episodes of the shows listed. The Buck Rogers episode that aired on March 27 was the season finale.
Comment posted by Phantom on Wednesday, May 2nd 2012 at 10:27pm.

Poor Skip Stephenson - died way too young.
The owner of the Ice House comedy club told me Skip, a struggling standup comic, was ready to quit the business and told him "I just did a pilot for some show called Real People and it's not gonna go anywhere..."

I've got to send you a DVD of the Sons of the Desert pie fight from that show, which has the end credits and Casey Kasem VO. I'll get to it, I promise...

Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Thursday, May 3rd 2012 at 2:42am.

Thanks for another great find, because I watched Real People off and on. I mean, it's not that bad of a show. By the way, Lou Fusari worked for other shows like Scrabble & $ale of the Century.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, May 3rd 2012 at 9:01am.

I didn't know Skip died until I read Chris's post, and then I looked it up on Wikipedia. That's tragic.

I really enjoyed shows like Real People and Buck Rogers when I was a kid. They were really fun to watch. I thought it was sad that Buck Rogers got cancelled after only two seasons.

Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Thursday, May 3rd 2012 at 10:09pm.

A "plus 1" for Buck Rogers. I watched it when it was in first run on NBC, later in reruns, and once in a while on the 'Net. Still a watchable show.

I remember the airing of "Jesus of Nazareth" as well.

Wasn't this the Fred Silverman "disaster" era at NBC? I find it amazing that a guy who had such a long record of success, first in Chicago and then at the national/network level, could turn out such a bad result.

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Friday, May 4th 2012 at 9:29pm.

@ SuperCFL: Yes, because the "Proud as a Peacock" was parodized by "Loud as a Peacock" for the 1980-81 season.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, May 5th 2012 at 4:54pm.

@ChitownTVFan: Saturday Night Live also parodied it as "NBC, Smart As A Peacock."
Comment posted by Szake on Saturday, May 5th 2012 at 8:09pm.

Ironic that there's a Fayva ad at the end of this. Didn't Sarah Purcell later do ads for them?
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, May 5th 2012 at 9:34pm.

@ Smctopia: Yes, Purcell did the ads for Fayva during the 80s.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, August 11th 2012 at 12:55pm.

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