RADIO SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1945

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Those Websters was a radio situation comedy series starring Willard Waterman
(shown below) and Constance Crowder as George and Jane Webster. The program
was launched in New York and then moved to Chicago for a short spell before finishing its run from Hollywood. It was heard Friday evenings at 9:30pm on CBS from March 9, 1945 to February 22, 1946 with Quaker Oats as the sponsor. On March 3, 1946, the series moved to Mutual where it aired Sundays at 6pm until August 22, 1948. Two years after this series came to an end, Waterman replaced Harold Peary as the title character in The Great Gildersleeve in 1950.
 

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Willard Waterman

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AIDAN QUINN IS 52 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Though a roofer by trade, Aidan Quinn began his acting career in the Chicago
theater at age 19. His first significant film role was in Reckless (1984),followed
by a breakthrough role in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). In the 1990s
Quinn’s career grew immensely. He found work alongside such stars as Brad
Pitt in Legends of the Fall (1994), Johnny Depp in Benny & Joan (1993),and
Robert Duvall in The Handmaid’s Tale (1990).  

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Aidan Quinn with Daryl Hannah in Reckless 

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Quinn in Legends of the Fall

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‘’TRIPLE A’’ WAS FOUNDED ON THIS DATE IN 1902

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AAA (pronounced “triple A”), formerly known as the American Automobile
Association
(original logo shown above), is a federation of 51 independently
operated motor clubs throughout North America. It was founded in Chicago,
Illinois in response to a lack of roads and highways suitable for automobile
use.  Nine motor clubs with a total of 1,500 members joined together to
form the Triple-A. The AAA today has more than 51 million members. Its
national headquarters are in Heathrow, Florida. The first road maps were
published in 1905 and the printing of hotel guides began in 1917.

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Today’s logo

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RADIO SHOW SIMULCAST FOR FIRST TIME ON THIS DATE IN 1954

BREAKFAST CLUB   
                          Don McNeill

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The Breakfast Club was a long-run morning variety show on NBC Blue Network/ABC radio originating in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by Don McNeill (shown above).The radio program ran from June 23, 1933 through December 27, 1968. McNeill’s 35½-year run
as host remains the longest tenure for an emcee of a network entertainment program, surpassing Johnny Carson (29½ years) on The Tonight Show and Bob Barker (34⅔ years) on The Price is Right. For one year, beginning on February 22, 1954, the show
was simulcast on ABC radio and television, ending on February 25, 1955. 

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Picture of Don McNeill (right) taken during a simulcast of The Breakfast Club

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA FORMED ON THIS DATE IN 1910

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In 1909, Chicago publisher William D. Boyce (above) lost his way
in a dense London fog. A boy came to his aid and, after guiding
the man, refused a tip, explaining that as a Scout he would not
take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This gesture by an unknown
Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British
founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, Boyce incorporated the  
Boy Scouts of America. He also created the Lone Scouts, which
merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1924.

SCOUT PAINTING

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