There must have been some magic in that old silk they found...
December 20, 2004 2:40 PM   Subscribe

Merry Christmas, Interweb! Though it's become part of a larger media conglomerate, the Chicago T.V. station famous for Bozo the Clown has dusted off some old footage from its archives. Among the goodies converted to Flash format are a Frosty the Snowman cartoon which inspired a bit of online detective work, as well as a more recent holiday favorite, The Yule Log.
posted by Smart Dalek (10 comments total)
While it's on my mind, anyone know of an online video of the Yule Log? There was an old real media link in one of the metafilter discussions.l
posted by Plinko at 4:33 PM on December 20, 2004

There's one under the first link.

It's nice - but I'd like one that plays in full screen mode.

I miss Yule Log. It speaks of a strange and distant time in American history - a time when it was considered all right for a TV station to go almost twelve whole hours without selling us something.

TV stations weren't so automated then, either. My dad, who worked for a TV station in 1970, would see Yule Log and say "Hey, all right. They let everybody go home."
posted by Miko at 5:49 PM on December 20, 2004

When I was in NYC this weekend, one of the stations was advertising that not only would they be showing the Yule Log on christmas day, but it would be in HDTV. I leave it for mefi to extract meaning from that...
posted by louie at 6:58 PM on December 20, 2004 [1 favorite]

if only they would dust off some old Ray Rayner...
posted by tsarfan at 7:24 PM on December 20, 2004

God bless Ray Raynor. (and Chelveston)
posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 9:25 PM on December 20, 2004

This is awesome, Smart Dalek.

I have many fond memories of "Hardrock, Coco, and Joe." When I was just Little Bad Example, one of the local kids' shows would show it every Christmas.
posted by MrBadExample at 9:30 PM on December 20, 2004

I still miss old-school Bozo.
posted by SisterHavana at 9:32 PM on December 20, 2004

Though it's become part of a larger media conglomerate

Not true. WGN has from the beginning (indeed, the very beginning) been an arm of the Chicago Tribune (now Tribune Entertainment -- admittedly a lesser conglomerate). WGN stands for World's Greatest Newspaper.
posted by dhartung at 10:49 PM on December 20, 2004

Erm, they found an old silk hat, but whatever, I guess. Xmas the spot. Play at your own risk.
posted by cgc373 at 1:57 AM on December 21, 2004

A few years ago I actually had to "edit" a yule log video (which was shot in HDTV) for a local TV station that played on Christmas day. I say edit because the log kept dying down and I had to cut around the less dramatic footage. Watching that thing record to tape for 2 hrs was the most tedious thing I've ever been involved in. Although, it was always a guaranteed ratings winner.
posted by phirleh at 5:46 AM on December 21, 2004

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