SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
In which I agree with Kirk Dillard

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014

* More from the Tribune’s coverage of yesterday’s WTTW GOP candidate forum

A generation gap was on display. Asked by the teens what TV show or character inspired them, Brady cited “Bonanza,” which stopped airing first-run shows in 1973. Rutherford said “Sea Hunt,” which ran first-run episodes until 1961. Dillard kissed up to the hosts, listing Ch. 11’s “Chicago Tonight.”

Dillard’s response was his usual “tell your audience what they want to hear” goofiness, but I actually agree with him. I wanted to be on that show so badly when I was young. You knew you’d made it if you were on the show. I was a total devotee.

So after I started my company and the call finally came in the 1990s, I eagerly jumped at the chance. That was in the old days, when the sainted John Callaway was still hosting and the show had a big enough budget to fly me to Meigs Field and pick up my car fare to the studio.

When I moved to Chicago, Phil Ponce kept me coming back on the show as a semi-regular. I never got over the thrill of walking into that studio, even when I grew a bit tired of being used whenever they needed somebody to whack George Ryan. Whatever. I felt like I was near the center of the Chicago political universe.

* And I learned a lot of “tricks” along the way, mainly by forcing myself to watch my appearances over and over again. It wasn’t a pleasant experience at first, but I figured out some stuff that helped improve my future performances.

The first thing to keep in mind is that everything moves fast so you have to jump in whenever you possibly can or the show will be over before you know it. I was on the program during Dan Rutherford’s first ever appearance, and we went out to dinner in Korea Town afterwards where he marveled at how 20 minutes (or whatever it was) just flew by.

And, between us, here’s a little secret I told Rutherford back then: The director will almost always cut to a shot of you if you react to somebody else’s comment. So a shake of the head, a smirk, a little chuckle, a frown, a smile, or whatever seems appropriate can slyly undermine an opponent’s argument, and they won’t even know what hit them unless they watch the show later.

Heh.

* I used to need all that stuff. And I mean need it. At one point, the station put up a photo of myself and my buddy Carlos Hernandez Gomez in the main lobby and the two of us were beyond ecstatic. I eventually found myself becoming upset if I didn’t get the call to discuss a hot topic. I had totally bought in to the hype.

Eventually, I realized I shouldn’t let that effect me so much, and then I finally realized that I could leave Chicago and not worry about such things any more.

But, I gotta tell ya, sometimes I really miss walking into that studio.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


36 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    I would have rather been on “Bonanza.” They filmed a lot at Lake Tahoe and that’s some of the most beautiful country in the Lower 48.


  2. - Toure's Latte - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


  3. - Whatever - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    Agreed, Rich. Chicago Tonight is a great show. However, to use your word, Dillard’s answer was just more “goofiness” from a candidate who stop pandering.


  4. - Nonplussed - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    What did Rauner say? Larry Kudlow on CNBC?


  5. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Sea Hunt was cool. I loved the whole narration gimmick by Lloyd Bridges. Film noir meets Flipper.


  6. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    I don’t watch TV too much anymore, just to catch the news most days. But, WTTW is where I spend most of my viewing time. Chicago Tonight, The Week in Review, and PBS Newshour Weekend are all excellent!

    My favorite TV show, “Star Trek”, the original.


  7. - JeffingingChicago - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    If they are not watching Orange is the New Black, I am not voting for any of them


  8. - Levois - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    If you want to talk about old TV Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord and I never watched an episode when it was in production because it was a bit ahead of my time. Then for now it’s Star Trek & Doctor Who. Also can’t beat Chgo Tonight for political coverage. ;)


  9. - John A Logan - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    It’s a Republican Primary. The only right answer is “The Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely”


  10. - Lakeview Native - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:57 am:

    I’m 35 and have never even heard of any of those shows. Let’s face it; politicians dont have real jobs, some of them never have and dont know their constituents unless its election time.


  11. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:58 am:

    “Phil Ponce”

    Ponce nailed Brady when Brady said he was in favor of voter ID. Mr. Ponce was correct when he said that voter fraud [of this type] is miniscule. The purpose of voter ID is to make it unnecessarily harder for people to vote, which affects poorer voters who tend to vote Democratic.


  12. - Excessively Rabid - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 11:58 am:

    Breaking Bad. But I wouldn’t let it “effect” me.


  13. - Siriusly - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    ALmost any answer would have been better than those three. American Idol, Fox News, Mike & Molly really anything would have been better. Those are the worst answers ever.

    Dan Rutherford said Sea Hunt? He looks pretty good for a guy in his 70s.


  14. - Drallid - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:08 pm:

    I don’t get why you are always “gigging” Dillard? What is your interest in his campaign? I think you should play it straight with Dillard and quit saying what you think he should and shouldn’t do. Given you have no real life campaign experience Rich, and Dillard has decades, don’t you think that he understands voters better than you do? Just asking?


  15. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    Drallid, you should be thankful Dillard is getting any coverage anywhere. It’s his lifeline at this point.

    You’re not doing your guy any favors with your complaints. Excessive whining is blood in the water in politics.

    Once they stop covering you, you know you’re done.


  16. - Joan P. - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    The Avengers. I wanted to be Emma Peel, but I look lousy in leather jumpsuits.


  17. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    What did Rauner say?

    Flipper


  18. - A guy... - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    Can’t go wrong with answering M*A*S*H. Even any character would do.


  19. - Upon Further Review - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    When John Callaway was the host “Chicago Tonight” was “must see” programming. Now, it is not nearly as important.


  20. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:35 pm:

    When I was a very, very young child, I wanted our family to move to “Bonanza,” which is also where I believed Lassie lived on a neighboring ranch along with Flipper.

    I don’t seem to remember anything called “Sea Hunt,” but then I never liked Lloyd Bridges.


  21. - Drallid - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    Wordslinger,

    I still don’t get Rich’s daily obsession with Kirk Dillard. Is Rich secretly rooting for Dillard, or trying to run his campaign? Rather than file off daily rants against Dillard, why not play it straight Rich?


  22. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    ===Rather than file off daily rants against Dillard===

    Poor little darling got his feefees hurt?

    Grow up.


  23. - MrJM - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    “Chicago Tonight” will always have a special place in my heart because that’s where I first saw Rich Miller. I didn’t know what a “Capitol Fax” was but I could tell that this guy really knew his stuff.

    Imagine my disappointment when, after several subsequent appearances, I finally learned that Rich wasn’t actually a public television Muppet.

    – MrJM


  24. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    Drallid, cut your losses. You make your guy look bad.

    What’s the headline on the thread say? That’s the best press Dillard has gotten anywhere in months.

    Did you see the beating he took in the Trib today? In the Sun-Times over the weekend?


  25. - circularfiringsquad - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    Post Calloway Chicago Tonight isdon’t see TV
    How about a wbcast with Capt Fax and Oscar the Puppy?
    Maybe we could get BlueRoomers to pump it out to see who will use it
    Btw the question was dumber than the answers


  26. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    === That was in the old days, when the sainted John Callaway was still hosting ===

    Must have been an incredible experience. And then they put your pic up in the lobby? Talk about an ego boost, lol.


  27. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 2:07 pm:

    Now you just need to break out the old highlight reel and some popcorn.

    “See Oscar? This is when dad used to…”


  28. - Think About It - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    If Rauner attended all these forums the way the other candidates do, you’d learn the truth about who he really is. No guts, no glory. At least the other three are willing to put it out there. That’s what candidates do. They don’t run and hide behind overpaid consultants.


  29. - walker - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    Have Gun Will Travel. and Sky King


  30. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    ==The Avengers. I wanted to be Emma Peel==

    I think almost every woman of my generation wanted to be Emma Peel back when “The Avengers” was on TV.


  31. - MrJM - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 4:04 pm:

    I think almost every woman of my generation wanted to be Emma Peel back when “The Avengers” was on TV.

    And a not-insignificant number of dudes.

    – MrJM


  32. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 5:41 pm:

    Chicago Tonight with whathisname, the disc jockey, I’m completely blanking on his name–Bob Sirrot. That was JuskSkipTV. Ponce and the current contributors brought excellence back.


  33. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 7:40 pm:

    It was really a Great Debate. I thoroughly enjoyed each ONE of the Candidates at one point or another and the Teens’ Questions were pertinent and insightful. They, as our Future, made me proud to be an Illinoisan again!

    Oh, yeah, but…oops. One LARGE piece of the pie was sadly and wrongly missing. Again–it’s just pathetic that You Know Who always seems to have a “conflict in his schedule.” That kind of GARbage of an excuse is just SO lame–and was an outright AFFRONT to our Illinois Youth his Ads CLAIM to care so much about. The “proof’s in the PUDding, Pal,” as the Old Saying goes, and you, Brucie, didn’t even bother to submit any pudding for consideration…pfff! Just really feeble.


  34. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 8:57 pm:

    I just had the chance to watch the whole thing. Rauner may have won by not showing up. The teen questioners definitely outpointed D-Lard, Brady was uneven but better, and Rut was good but looked like he hadn’t slept for a week.

    Funny moments: Rutherford shouting out his Tweeter name twice in answering a question about social media, (and his other favorite TV show was Tarzan) Brady being tossed a lifeline by Ponce when he awkwardly misused the word “minority” (he meant as it relates to age but it didn’t come out like that) and Dillard encouraging the kids to go read up on his economic plan.


  35. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 21, 14 @ 9:53 pm:

    ==The Avengers. I wanted to be Emma Peel==

    I’ve always liked that show and Mrs. Peel’s wardrobe. And the cars, and the “eerie” story lines. I never wanted to be her, though.

    Did you ever notice that everyone who was being either investigated by–or Emma and Steed were supposed to save, was or wound up dead?

    British (Intelligence) humor, I suppose. ;)


  36. - Chicago Tonight Employee - Wednesday, Jan 22, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    Hey Rich,
    Thanks for your reflection. When you’re in town, we still want you in this studio! Don’t hesitate to notify us.
    Signed,
    anonymous chicago tonight staffer


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Bears open thread
* More adventures in misgovernance
* Question of the day - Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Petulance all around
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Instagram's spam purge reveals high-profile accounts with fake followers
        * Gresso Regal Black Edition made from titanium packs 5.0-inch screen
        * Exiles dares you to make your escape from an “alien” world
        * Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing ringtones and explicit radio
        * BrandPost: Today's Hot Deals: Dell Inspiron 300 for $450, ASUS Celeron Laptop for $199, and more
        * Galaxy S6 evidence arrives courtesy of import database
        * Monster Dash returns: more monsters, weapons, better Barry

        * FBI Says North Korea Responsible for Sony Hack
        * T-Mobile Settles Government “Cramming” Charges for $90 Million
        * Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On PowerCube Original USB
        * Sony Pictures Hackers Demand “The Interview” Never Be Released
        * Elon Musk: Tesla battery swap now working in beta in California
        * Stripe meets IFTTT: Payments now act as app triggers
        * Sophisticated cyberattack damaged German steel plant, report says

        * Terrerobytes: Future of Cuban baseball complicated on both sides
        * White Sox sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal
        * Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal
        * Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox
        * Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15
        * ZiPS projections underscore White Sox's riskiest bets
        * AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Ray LaHood Wants Jeb Bush to Run and Bruce Raun.....
        * The Week in Review's Year in Review: 12/19..
        * Quinn wants special election in 2016 on Topinka.....
        * Quinn wants 2016 special election for comptroller..


        * Ex-Chicago gang member released after testimony
        * Man gets 32 years for sexually attacking girl
        * Report analyzes Nov. 4 election in Cook County
        * Chicago man charged in downtown bank robbery
        * China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals
        * Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids
        * Gov. Quinn calls session for comptroller election
        * Chickenpox forces southern Illinois prison lockdown
        * Instructor at Illinois school for visually impaired arrested
        * Chicago announces plans to build 88-story skyscraper

        * Quinn calls legislature back to Springfield to approve special election to replace Topinka
        * Audit: DCFS loses track of runaways
        * Audit: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids
        * Chicago couple convicted of stealing state grants
        * Topinka remembered as tough, honest leader at memorial service
        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Memorial service for Topinka begins in suburban Chicago
        * Police use vacant Jacksonville site to train for worst-case scenarios
        * State-grant fraud case in hands of federal jury
        * Gov.-elect Rauner says some agency directors may stay

        * University of Illinois, Chicago Shriners Hospital link up
        * Midterms in Cook: Voters were younger, earlier
        * Great moments in Chicago architecture 2014
        * Restaurant menus shed some weight
        * Great (and not so great) moments in Chicago architecture 2014


        * time for new course in Cuba
        * Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script
        * Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50
        * Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 19, 2014. Press conference
        * A whole lot of nothing from the City Council
        * Dozens gather at Logan Square eatery for ‘Serial’ podcast finale
        * Sony’s choice on ‘The Interview’ is one lost battle in a long war
        * Playing for dollars, smiles at O’Hare
        * Sony’s choice on ‘The Interview’ is one lost battle in a long war
        * Emanuel denies Willie Wilson petition challenge is racist ploy


        * New app reunites Navy Pier revelers with lost items
        * Police: Man takes bite out of guard's ear outside Loop strip club
        * 5 dead, dozens sickened by listeria linked to caramel apples
        * Tribune study: Chicago red light cameras provide few safety benefits
        * Scene of the crime: Sister watches over slain brother in the dying light
        * Child with fever admitted to Chicago hospital to check for Ebola
        * Chicago restaurants that repeatedly failed health inspections in 2014
        * Broadway bike lane among 'Top 10' in the country
        * 5 people hurt in separate shootings
        * Metra train fatally hits pedestrian in Oak Forest


        * Matthew Schultz’s Music Career – From Dark To Light
        * Rents may be going up, but residents not going anywhere
        * Rents may be going up, but residents say they're not going anywhere
        * IIAA Teaches Life Skills Through Sports
        * Jordan on the Frontline: An International Town Hall
        * Report: Illinois Fails To Monitor Runaways
        * Parties' Power Grabs In Battle For Comptroller; Quinn Calls Legislators Into Special Session
        * Let's Talk Kids - "Your Phone-a-Friend List"
        * Vatican signals new tone on US nuns
        * StoryCorps: Bilingual pre-school teacher describes the state of education in Chicago


        * E.J. Dionne: Chuck Schumer: Take two
        * Esther Cepeda: The rainbow that isn’t
        * Raoul, Righter, Nekritz, Sandack: Clarifying privacy, eavesdropping bill
        * Quote of the day: Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
        * Quinn calls legislature back to Springfield to approve special election to replace Topinka
        * Audit: DCFS loses track of runaways
        * Audit: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Schmidt considers challenging Sgro for park board president
        * Brian Sauder: Faithful decisions for the holidays
        * Eugene Robinson: The price of being hacked


        * St. Charles students expelled after computer hack
        * Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played
        * 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
        * Theater shooter's parents plead for his life
        * East St. Louis youths learn respect for law enforcement
        * A change in weather ahead for Christmas Week
        * Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent
        * Illini scrapbook: Harry Combes and the slush fund
        * Daily Digest 12/19/14
        * Let's talk bowl games


        * Opinion: Notre Dame police subject to records law
        * Orlando hosts NYC March 8 in opener for MLS expansion teams
        * Parity abounds among women's hoops elite
        * National Football League
        * National Hockey League

        * 14th Congressional District: Randy Hultgre...
        * Randy Hultgren tops Dennis Anderson for 2n...
        * Randy Hultgren Defeats Dennis Anderson In ...
        * Randy Hultgren, Candidate for U.S. Congres...
        * Congressman Defends Munis to GFOA - Bond B...
        * How did your congressman vote on keeping t...
        * House approves $1.1 trillion government sp...
        * Himes' provision roils fellow Democrats, t...
        * Congressional Candidate Dennis Anderson Ur...
        * Searching for local health care solutions ...

        * Durbin backs federal budget despite 'odiou......
        * Durbin on Cuba Relations...

        * GOP senator wants 'The Interview' shown at......
        * Sen. Kirk suggests raising campaign money ......

        * A Very Angry Bears Fan Christmas
        * City of Chicago releases youth violence report. Recommends more spending.
        * Durbin to GOP: Get Cruz under control
        * Government labor unions file lawsuit to stop Chicago pension overhaul
        * Illinois Watchdog Radio - Live on IR
        * Republican analysis calls for Rauner to pick new state comptroller for 4 year term
        * Crain’s Business slow pitches a snowball in hell.
        * An Illinois constitutional crisis. Who will keep an eye on our cemeteries?
        * DNA Info: Residents Rip CPS' Rejection of Private School's Offer To Buy Vacant School
        * The Joke Is On The #Bears


        * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low - Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years
        * Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States - 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service
        * Law Enforcement, IDOT Make Final Push to Save Lives in 2014, Roadside Safety Checks Planned Over Holidays - New Episode of “The Driving Dead” Premieres Friday as Holiday Travelers are Reminded to Drive Sober and Buckle Up
        * Department of Insurance Announces Two Convictions Resulting from its Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigations - Former Crystal Lake Police Officer and Former Business Owner Convicted




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller