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Geoffrey Baer at Channel 11, WTTW Talks About Schlitz Tied-Houses On “Chicago Tonight,” April 10, 7 P.M

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 10, 2008

I fed his producer a bunch of info about the former Schlitz saloons in Chicago. It’ll be interesting to see if I get a “Contributor” mention.

From the WTTW site;

Ask Geoffrey
Is there something in your neighborhood you’ve always wanted to know more about? Our resident Chicago expert Geoffrey Baer joins us to answer many of those questions in a new segment called “Ask Geoffrey.”

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I hope the topic gets the attention it deserves.

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One Response to “Geoffrey Baer at Channel 11, WTTW Talks About Schlitz Tied-Houses On “Chicago Tonight,” April 10, 7 P.M”

  1. Sorry folks for steering you to this 15-second blub on Channel 11 last night. Phil Ponce was actually wrapping up the segment with Baer when the floor producer must have whispered into his earpiece that they had time for one more question. At that point Baer briefly mentioned the 3-tier system concept, Prohibition, and the origin of the “tied-house” concept and showed a picture of Southport Lanes (and maybe Schuba’s too) while he did a voice over.

    I had buried Geoffrey’s producer in sufficient info, hoping that the still-standing pre-Prohibition buildings might have gotten the attention they deserve…and that pitiful piece was the result. I’d suggest they alter the concept by doing less questions so there would be time for more depth in the presentation and not just a quick sound bite and a move to the next staged question.

    If you weren’t getting up to grab another pour of your California chardonnay, you might have seen my name scroll by in the closing credits.

    So I apologize for wasting your time. I was under the impression that the segment was to be an elaboration of one theme. I would opine that if you watched the piece, you really don’t know anymore about the former Schlitz saloons than you did before the piece aired.

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