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Brian26
07-09-2004, 11:08 AM
It sounds like this is going to be an incredible show. Lip had previously mentioned it was going to be a repeat of something shown awhile ago, but based on everything being talked about on radio and in the papers, this show is going to have tons of new footage never before seen in Chicago. Bob Sirott said the documentary is going to blow people away. WCKG has 5 or 6 different viewing parties scheduled around the city and suburbs.

I'm looking forward to watching it.

patbooyah
07-09-2004, 11:25 AM
what is this disco demolition you speak of? :redneck

cheeses_h_rice
07-09-2004, 12:04 PM
what is this disco demolition you speak of? :redneck
"Some people just wanna be a jerk."</Jimmypiersall>

:)

patbooyah
07-09-2004, 12:05 PM
"Some people just wanna be a jerk."</Jimmypiersall>

:)
haha. i think you guys will like it. garry, formerly of steve and garry is even interviewed.

34 Inch Stick
07-09-2004, 12:06 PM
Pat could you post the various places where WCKG is having viewing parties. Maybe we could get some WSI members at one or several of the sites. I know the closest to me was O'Donovan's which is around Irving Park and Damen.

patbooyah
07-09-2004, 12:16 PM
Disco Demolition Viewing Parties
Monday July 12, 2004
Come join your fellow Dahl fans and the CKG gang at one of these convenient locations:

http://www.dahl.com/photos/031208-latefall2003/thumbs/th_11_06_jesus.jpgHarry Caray's (http://www.harrycarays.com/in_chica.htm)
33 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago
Steve Dahl hosts and gives away Disco Demolition collectibles!



http://www.wckg.com/wckggraphics/Buzz.jpgO'Donovan's (http://www.barsonline.com/chicago/odonovans/bar.htm)
2100 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago
Buzz Kilman and the Blues Rocket Scientists -- PERFORMING LIVE



http://www.dahl.com/events/images/wendy.jpgThe Office
746 S. Lincoln Ave. in Aurora
Hosted by Wendy Snyder



http://www.dahl.com/photos/031208-latefall2003/thumbs/th_11_26_mc_bs_table.jpgAustin's Grill (http://www.cookoutcatering.com/)
481 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville
Big Steve, Dan Falato, Brendan, and the WCKG Girls host



http://www.wckg.com/wckggraphics/privatelive.jpg115 Bourbon Street (http://www.115bourbonstreet.com/)
3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park
Karen Hand & Dr. Kelly Johnson
BROADCASTING LIVE from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM



http://www.wckg.com/wckggraphics/Kevinbw.jpgDoc Ryan's (http://www.docryans.com/)
7432 W. Madison in Forest Park
Kevin Matthews and Mo Driver host

SOXSINCE'70
07-09-2004, 12:19 PM
"Some people just wanna be a jerk."</Jimmypiersall>

:)
Takes one to know one,and Jimmy Piersall was a jerk.He told the truth,
but he was a jerk.:)

patbooyah
07-09-2004, 12:32 PM
Takes one to know one,and Jimmy Piersall was a jerk.He told the truth,
but he was a jerk.:)
i bet my old man has never called you a jerk. so who is a jerk now? :redneck

CubKilla
07-09-2004, 12:55 PM
I'd be partial to the Doc Ryan's broadcast since I'm a fan of Kevin Matthews. Good to see he has had a moment of clarity and jumped off of the Cubs Bandwagon after last season's postseason love-in. And his producer, Bonnie, is as clueless a Cub "fan" as any. A completely obnoxious dim-wit when Sox/Cubs affairs are discussed.

I heard you on your dad's show a few weeks ago Pat where your bro and dad were giving you grief over all the time you spend as WSI :D:

Lip Man 1
07-09-2004, 01:00 PM
Brian:

If you read the main thread you'll see a message from WTTW asking for Disco Demolition memories for a new special. I gave Cate the phone numbers to Donn Pall and Mike Veeck and she contacted both of them.

Last week she sent me an e-mail telling me the show was cancelled and that she had to now call Pall and Veeck and apologize.

Yesterday I read Jim Kirk's column and sent it to her asking what was going on. She replied that the station had ORIGINALLY intended to show a repeat of a documentary they did years ago but that was changed when this independent company offered their NEW documentary for showing.

WTTW had nothing to do with this show since those people do not work for them. Apparently that was not their plan but they were overruled by the powers that be.

Lip

34 Inch Stick
07-09-2004, 01:04 PM
Disco Demolition Viewing Parties
Monday July 12, 2004
Come join your fellow Dahl fans and the CKG gang at one of these convenient locations:

http://www.dahl.com/photos/031208-latefall2003/thumbs/th_11_06_jesus.jpgHarry Caray's (http://www.harrycarays.com/in_chica.htm)
33 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago
Steve Dahl hosts and gives away Disco Demolition collectibles!



http://www.wckg.com/wckggraphics/Buzz.jpgO'Donovan's (http://www.barsonline.com/chicago/odonovans/bar.htm)
2100 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago
Buzz Kilman and the Blues Rocket Scientists -- PERFORMING LIVE



http://www.dahl.com/events/images/wendy.jpgThe Office
746 S. Lincoln Ave. in Aurora
Hosted by Wendy Snyder



http://www.dahl.com/photos/031208-latefall2003/thumbs/th_11_26_mc_bs_table.jpgAustin's Grill (http://www.cookoutcatering.com/)
481 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville
Big Steve, Dan Falato, Brendan, and the WCKG Girls host



http://www.wckg.com/wckggraphics/privatelive.jpg115 Bourbon Street (http://www.115bourbonstreet.com/)
3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park
Karen Hand & Dr. Kelly Johnson
BROADCASTING LIVE from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM



http://www.wckg.com/wckggraphics/Kevinbw.jpgDoc Ryan's (http://www.docryans.com/)
7432 W. Madison in Forest Park
Kevin Matthews and Mo Driver host
What are the times for each.

CubKilla
07-09-2004, 01:11 PM
What are the times for each.
7

Brian26
07-09-2004, 01:19 PM
Brian:

If you read the main thread you'll see a message from WTTW asking for Disco Demolition memories for a new special. I gave Cate the phone numbers to Donn Pall and Mike Veeck and she contacted both of them.

Last week she sent me an e-mail telling me the show was cancelled and that she had to now call Pall and Veeck and apologize.

Yesterday I read Jim Kirk's column and sent it to her asking what was going on. She replied that the station had ORIGINALLY intended to show a repeat of a documentary they did years ago but that was changed when this independent company offered their NEW documentary for showing.

WTTW had nothing to do with this show since those people do not work for them. Apparently that was not their plan but they were overruled by the powers that be.

Lip

Maybe it's not the best idea to try to cover Chicago television events when you're living in Idaho.

LuvSox
07-09-2004, 02:08 PM
It beats the crap outta watching the Yankee Love Fest/Home run Derby/ All Star Game festivities.

TornLabrum
07-09-2004, 04:14 PM
what is this disco demolition you speak of? :redneck
It was before your time! :D:

StillMissOzzie
07-09-2004, 04:48 PM
what is this disco demolition you speak of? :redneck
Pat, you just crack me up!

SMO
:gulp:

StillMissOzzie
07-09-2004, 05:17 PM
And in a related Disco Demolition matter, ESPN.com has an interesting view on Jim Caple's Page 2. As a 25 year look back, he also ponders: what records would you blow up NOW?

SMO
:gulp:

Lip Man 1
07-09-2004, 08:28 PM
Brian:
I made my reply based on the information that I was given by the person who works there.

I was not trying to cover Chicago television based in Idaho but responding to another thread stating that a new documentary was going to be aired.

Based on the information that I had at that time from a person who works for WTTW, I stated that a new documentary was NOT going to be aired, that according to Cate, they were reshowing an older documentary.

Obviously things change but please don't make it sound like I made something up just to piss you off or belittle you. That is not correct.

Lip

Brian26
07-09-2004, 09:15 PM
Obviously things change but please don't make it sound like I made something up just to piss you off or belittle you. That is not correct.

Lip
I'm not implying that you were trying to belittle me.

I was surprised when I found out that the special was indeed airing on Monday and will in fact have tons of new footage. The last thing I read was you telling everyone that the show was going to be old footage, and then it was going to be cancelled.

Hopefully nobody else was going to blow off the show like I was. It looks like it will be sensational.

SOXSINCE'70
07-10-2004, 08:24 AM
i bet my old man has never called you a jerk. so who is a jerk now? :redneckPiersall is a jerk.Not your dad.I've listened to him for 25 years.I was almost at the game until I heard there was a sell out.Don't know if i'd storm the field,though.Destroying property is something this Sox fan wouldn't do.

Sorry about the mixup,Pat.The jerk is Piersall,not Dahl.:cool: :cool:

vegyrex
07-10-2004, 11:13 AM
http://www.dahl.com/events/images/wendy.jpgThe Office
746 S. Lincoln Ave. in Aurora
Hosted by Wendy Snyder

:worship: Wendy Snyder *Drool*

Fenway
07-10-2004, 11:24 AM
i will never forget watching a Red Sox game when Ken Harrelson was reading the out of town scores ( yes he was a Boston announcer once ) and deadpanned, "well this sounds interesting, at Chicago the Tigers beat the White Sox 4-1, the second game is delayed...outfield on fire"

ESPN joins the bandwagon

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/040709

gobears1987
07-10-2004, 12:10 PM
I like Garry Meier, but I hate his wife. She broke up the 2 best radio pairings ever as her husband's agent, 1st Steve Dahl and Garry, and now Roe Cohn and Garry.

Who here misses the Roe and Garry show? Jim Johnson is not funny. Too bad Garry won't resign with WLS. Roe can't do it alone.

Brian26
07-10-2004, 12:40 PM
:worship: Wendy Snyder *Drool*
You meant to put that in teal, right?

Brian26
07-10-2004, 12:41 PM
i will never forget watching a Red Sox game when Ken Harrelson was reading the out of town scores ( yes he was a Boston announcer once ) and deadpanned, "well this sounds interesting, at Chicago the Tigers beat the White Sox 4-1, the second game is delayed...outfield on fire"

Hahahaha. :D:

TornLabrum
07-10-2004, 02:30 PM
You meant to put that in teal, right?
I think Wendy is hot...in a white trash kind of way.

doublem23
07-11-2004, 09:58 PM
I know WTTW is putting on a show about the 25th Anniversary of Disco Demolition Night tomorrow. Corey McPherrin just mentioned they will do a look at the night tonight on the Final Word, sometime between 9-9:30, I assume.

DrCrawdad
07-12-2004, 02:06 AM
I think Wendy is hot...in a white trash kind of way.

ROFLMAO

I'll be rolling tape on the WTTW program. On the night of DD, I begged off going to a "church" service with my mom so I could watch the game and perhaps get a glimpse of DD.

Wendy is a fan of one Mr. Declan "Elvis" Costello, and I gotta love her for that.

ozzman
07-12-2004, 08:16 AM
I was a little more than 12 hours old when disco demolition happened :)

SoxFan76
07-12-2004, 12:17 PM
I just found out today that my dad, aunt, and a friend were there. I can't belive he never told me that story. I'm sure he doesn't want to tell me all the stuff he did that night...

WinningUgly!
07-12-2004, 03:14 PM
Steve Dahl is being interviewed on ESPN News, right now.

patbooyah
07-12-2004, 03:26 PM
Piersall is a jerk.Not your dad.I've listened to him for 25 years.I was almost at the game until I heard there was a sell out.Don't know if i'd storm the field,though.Destroying property is something this Sox fan wouldn't do.

Sorry about the mixup,Pat.The jerk is Piersall,not Dahl.:cool: :cool:
haha. don't sweat it man. he has been called much worse than a jerk. its cool that there are so many fans of the old man on here. the whole family really appreciates all of you. can't lie.

sorry for being so sentimental- i'm a little teary eyed for the big anniversary.

Realist
07-12-2004, 07:56 PM
5 minutes till air time on Channel 11 WTTW. The documentary.

http://www.discodemolition.com/

Lip Man 1
07-12-2004, 08:59 PM
Pat:

The feeling is mutual, your Dad has done a lot for WSI as he mentions the site on a regular basis. You can't buy that kind of PR!

Lip

C-Dawg
07-12-2004, 09:12 PM
I remember watching it on TV, but didn't recall a whole lot about it. The show tonight mentioned they ceased broadcasting for awhile, so it was nice to see so much footage (I even recorded tonight's program).

I found it was a little amusing to hear Nancy Faust faithfully playing the organ accompanying the "Disco Sucks!" rally! She's such a trooper!

cheeses_h_rice
07-12-2004, 09:23 PM
I like Garry Meier, but I hate his wife. She broke up the 2 best radio pairings ever as her husband's agent, 1st Steve Dahl and Garry, and now Roe Cohn and Garry.

Who here misses the Roe and Garry show? Jim Johnson is not funny. Too bad Garry won't resign with WLS. Roe can't do it alone.
Wow, I am really out of the loop. When did Roe & Garry part ways? What is Garry up to now?

duke of dorwood
07-12-2004, 09:24 PM
That was the first real exposure of FM radio here. I was home, watching on TV-

and just a note to those young Flub fans that Harry was the big deal here BEFORE he went there

Brian26
07-12-2004, 09:28 PM
WELL?

What did everybody think?

I thought it was an amazing show.

A couple of things that really stand out for me:

- They actually showed footage of Ken Kravec (after he had left the Sox bullpen area down the leftfield line) coming in and warming up on the mound. After a few people were sliding into second base, a steady stream started to swarm the infield, and Kravec finally just left the mound, took off his hat, and walked over to the dugout.

- The BEST part of the whole show was the scene when about 75 Chicago police in riot gear gathered in the infield and started walking straight towards centerfield as the entire outfield cleared. It was amazing. The baseball fans in the stands gave them a standing ovation. I guess they cleared the field in 3 minutes.

Fenway
07-12-2004, 09:34 PM
That was the first real exposure of FM radio here. I was home, watching on TV-

and just a note to those young Flub fans that Harry was the big deal here BEFORE he went there
He sure was
http://whitesoxinteractive.com/images/Harry.jpg

PaleHoseGeorge
07-12-2004, 09:36 PM
An exceptionally well produced piece. Easily the best documentary I've ever seen, heard, or read on the subject. They even mentioned the old Pointe East discoteque in Lynwood, Illinois. 25 years of perspective has certainly mellowed out Bill Gleason on the subject. Our old pal Paul Sullivan had quite a few quotes, too, including one about drinking whiskey inside the Detroit dugout.

Some of the video is classic. Knuckleheads climbing the fair poles? Human chains lifting fans into the ballpark through the arched windows in left field? Mrs. PHG noted that the kids jumping up and down around the center field bonfire looked like Lord of the Flies. Wild...

Steve Dahl and Mike Veeck were both wonderfully captured. My highest recommendation for Sox fans, Dahl fans, rock'n roll fans, and of course Chicago fans, too.

COHO! COHO! COHO! COHO! COHO!

:cool:

TornLabrum
07-12-2004, 09:38 PM
WELL?

What did everybody think?

I thought it was an amazing show.

A couple of things that really stand out for me:

- They actually showed footage of Ken Kravec (after he had left the Sox bullpen area down the leftfield line) coming in and warming up on the mound. After a few people were sliding into second base, a steady stream started to swarm the infield, and Kravec finally just left the mound, took off his hat, and walked over to the dugout.

- The BEST part of the whole show was the scene when about 75 Chicago police in riot gear gathered in the infield and started walking straight towards centerfield as the entire outfield cleared. It was amazing. The baseball fans in the stands gave them a standing ovation. I guess they cleared the field in 3 minutes.
I thought the hour was terrific. I look back at that night with a lot fonder memories than when I was watching it on TV. Back then I was POed that we had to forfeit the game.

Blob
07-12-2004, 09:38 PM
I remember watching it on TV, but didn't recall a whole lot about it. The show tonight mentioned they ceased broadcasting for awhile, so it was nice to see so much footage (I even recorded tonight's program).

I found it was a little amusing to hear Nancy Faust faithfully playing the organ accompanying the "Disco Sucks!" rally! She's such a trooper!How about when she played take me out to the ball game accompanied by Bill Veeck singing. And they thought that would calm down the crowd and they would leave the field?

Good documentary, I have ordered my copy of the DVD.

soxwon
07-12-2004, 09:41 PM
i had tickets for that night, but i got sick, so i didnt go!
damn i was pissed- it was awesome.

Does anyone have a ticket stub for sale from that night
ill gladly give ya $20

LongLiveFisk
07-12-2004, 09:41 PM
Oh man! I totally forgot to watch the documentary! :(:

Anyone know if they will be showing it again soon?

PaleHoseGeorge
07-12-2004, 09:57 PM
- The BEST part of the whole show was the scene when about 75 Chicago police in riot gear gathered in the infield and started walking straight towards centerfield as the entire outfield cleared. It was amazing. The baseball fans in the stands gave them a standing ovation. I guess they cleared the field in 3 minutes.
:hizzoner
"Gentlemen, once and for all get it right! The police are not there to create disorder. The police are there to PRESERVE disorder!"

:bandance: :supernana: :bandance: :supernana: :bandance:

cheeses_h_rice
07-12-2004, 10:03 PM
I got it on TiVo just waiting for the perfect time to watch it...AND I got to watch Sham-ME* kill a bunch of worms tonight, too!

PaleHoseGeorge
07-12-2004, 10:14 PM
Did anyone else notice everyone wearing those silly plastic Sox batting helmets? Even Garry Meier was wearing one on the field. That's one bad fashion accessory from the 70's I had completely forgotten.

Now that I think of it, wasn't there a kid wearing the same plastic Sox batting helmet in the triumphant closing sequence of Breaking Away? That movie is of the same vintage as Disco Demolition.

Okay, I'll now admit that not only do I own one of those batting helmets (vintage 1976-80), but I also own the red one from the the early 70's and each of the 80's and 90's helmets, too. I wear them while I mow my lawn.
:redneck

Brian26
07-12-2004, 10:26 PM
Okay, I'll now admit that not only do I own one of those batting helmets (vintage 1976-80), but I also own the red one from the the early 70's and each of the 80's and 90's helmets, too. I wear them while I mow my lawn.
:redneck
I actually collected those when I was a kid and still have all of them in a big box stored away. They used to sell them at Great America and at carnivals and such. I'm not sure if they still make them, but I had one for every team up until the mid 90s.

Brian26
07-12-2004, 10:49 PM
I actually collected those when I was a kid and still have all of them in a big box stored away. They used to sell them at Great America and at carnivals and such. I'm not sure if they still make them, but I had one for every team up until the mid 90s.
Although I should note that I never actually wore any of these in public :D:
They will just look cool in my baseball room when I get it set up again someday.

Brian26
07-12-2004, 10:52 PM
Another interesting tidbit about the show...

Did anyone else notice the security entourage Veeck had around him when he went down to the field? Now, imagine Reinsdorf going down to the field in a melee like that- he'd probably have a dozen 6'8", 250 lb guys that look like Otis Wilson standing around him. Veeck, on the other hand, had three fat guys with cut-off jean shorts and pony tails and maybe one Andy Frain usher that looked about 65 years old. That crowd could have done some pretty nasty things to Veeck if they wanted to.

Bonfire + wooden leg = messy situation.

Fenway
07-12-2004, 11:11 PM
I was lucky to work with Bill Veeck as an intern at Suffolk Down in Boston. (His book about Suffolk is priceless)

I last talked to Bill in 1985 at Miller's and Disco night came up.

He admitted he was caught flatfooted as he had no advance numbers to work with. He thought the walkup would be no more than 10,000 as he thought WLUP was a minor station.

As I posted earlier I remember Ken Harrelson reading the out of town scores and saying Detroit @ Chicago delayed...outfield on fire. I knew Bill had some stunt backfire.

Bill Veeck is one of my heroes. He on my short list of people I want to be on a desert island.

He saw baseball having problems with revenue sharing 50 years ago when he owned the Browns. MLB laughed at him, but the NFL didn't.
He simply thought if Yankees playing the Browns, he should get half of TV.

Brian26
07-12-2004, 11:18 PM
Bill Veeck is one of my heroes. He on my short list of people I want to be on a desert island.

He saw baseball having problems with revenue sharing 50 years ago when he owned the Browns. MLB laughed at him, but the NFL didn't.
He simply thought if Yankees playing the Browns, he should get half of TV.
I could pick a few people better looking to be stuck on an island with:D: , but I agree with what you say. "Veeck As In Wreck", written so many years ago, is almost prophetic reading in the year 2004. It's as if it was written yesterday.

Fenway
07-12-2004, 11:39 PM
His book on Suffolk Downs (30 Tons A Day) remains one of the best primers on doing biz in Massachusetts. The names have changed but the interlocking machine has not. He also goes after the son of his friend in that book, horrified that he was nothing like his father. The son is Jeremy Jacobs of Sportservice who owns the Bruins ( and still has the WS contract)
Trust me Bruins fans would trade Jacobs for Dollar Bill.

Veeck always had a listed number and his widow still does. He listened to the fan.

More important the White Sox are still in Chicago because of him.


I could pick a few people better looking to be stuck on an island with:D: , but I agree with what you say. "Veeck As In Wreck", written so many years ago, is almost prophetic reading in the year 2004. It's as if it was written yesterday.

BainesHOF
07-13-2004, 12:02 AM
Big kudos to all involved in producing the documentary. It was EXTREMELY well done.

Aidan
07-13-2004, 12:03 AM
Big kudos to all involved in producing the documentary. It was EXTREMELY well done. Yes, it was very interesting. However, Steve Dahl is still a fat piece of garbage and always was.

SoxFan76
07-13-2004, 12:05 AM
haha. don't sweat it man. he has been called much worse than a jerk. its cool that there are so many fans of the old man on here. the whole family really appreciates all of you. can't lie.

sorry for being so sentimental- i'm a little teary eyed for the big anniversary.
Are you kidding me? My family are HUGE fans of Steve. We are big talk radio people. In fact, my favorite CD when I was little was Johnny B's CD!!! Buz, Brandmeier, Dahl, Kevin Matthews, the whole group. I've recently found myself listening to Steve a lot lately. Brandmeier has a place in Wisconsin near where we go on vacation. My mom and aunt met him once, I don't think we've seen him since.

gobears1987
07-13-2004, 12:27 AM
Wow, I am really out of the loop. When did Roe & Garry part ways? What is Garry up to now?
It happened during contract negotiations in January. Garry has not done anything yet. Roe resigned with WLS in June so he is stuck there. Garry could possibly come back if his wife, or Yoko Ono as I call her, stops making stupid contractual demands as his agent.

Lip Man 1
07-13-2004, 11:57 AM
Steve was also a live interview guest with Keith Olbermann on his countdown show last night on MSNBC.

Lip

SOXSINCE'70
07-13-2004, 12:07 PM
haha. don't sweat it man. he has been called much worse than a jerk. its cool that there are so many fans of the old man on here. the whole family really appreciates all of you. can't lie.

sorry for being so sentimental- i'm a little teary eyed for the big anniversary.

I saw the special last night on WTTW.It was so good i'm ordering the DVD with all the extra footage.I wanted to go to "DD" night,but once I saw the crowds,I thought it might be better not to spend the night in jail.:redneck :redneck

tebman
07-13-2004, 12:41 PM
I remember watching it on TV, but didn't recall a whole lot about it. The show tonight mentioned they ceased broadcasting for awhile, so it was nice to see so much footage (I even recorded tonight's program).

I found it was a little amusing to hear Nancy Faust faithfully playing the organ accompanying the "Disco Sucks!" rally! She's such a trooper!
My wife and I went to a local outdoor concert that night. On the way there we were listening to WMAQ while Harry was doing the pre-game show. There was the noise of a big crowd in the background, and at the end of the pre-game interview, Harry said, "There's a group here tonight that hates disco."

On our way home that night we listened again to WMAQ to hear the game, but all we heard was wall-to-wall country music (WMAQ was all-country at that time). There were only oblique references to the Sox game ("We'll get back to the Sox game in a moment -- here's Loretta Lynn..."). I tuned around the dial and heard vague news reports of a "riot" at the game. We didn't have a TV at the time, so bumbled around the radio trying to find out what happened.

The whole thing was surreal. I listened to Dahl the next morning -- he sounded drained. It was really one of those "where-were-you-when-you-heard-it" situations. And now it's part of our folklore!
:cool:

- tebman

Tekijawa
07-13-2004, 12:56 PM
It was a great documentery last night, I could have used some more Pearsol quotations though! What they should have done is got him all drunk :gulp: and Angry:angry: and then let him do the voice over... he can at times be better than Santo!

freshdill
07-13-2004, 01:11 PM
My brother was in attendance at Disco Demolition. He lives in Milwaukee now, and I have been e-mailing him the various newspaper stories about the 25th anniversary. Here's his response:

The DD was one of those moments that you have in life where you retain very vivid memories, but the overall recollection seems surreal. I was 18 at the time--truly a lifetime ago! What's funny is I can't remember who I went with. I know it was a carload.
>
> The first writer mentioned the outfielder dodging the 45s. That was
> nothing compared to the discs flying in the stands themselves.
Hundreds.
> And when the LPs or 45s hit the seats or steps or whatever, a chunk would
> break off, making them the vinyl equivalent of a Chinese throwing star.
> Someone would pick up the discs and fling them, over and over. Scary
> really. There were more than a few people bleeding at the end of the
> thing. I remember sitting on the steps (all the seats were long gone by
> the time we got there) of the upper right field grandstand with no
> opportunity to move or dodge -- the stands were that jammed.
>
> I still say, the critical error was that at the gate, they collected one
> record for demolition (per the discounted entry fee) even though many
> people brought multiple records. They were allowed to bring their
> remaining stacks of records into the ballpark.
>
> The other memory is while driving to the park on the Dan Ryan -- it seemed
> that just about every car we passed along the entire route either were
> waving records out the window or had them attached to the car somehow
> (under the windshield wipers, for example). Quite the cultural event for
> a day!

Kadafi311
07-13-2004, 01:34 PM
i will never forget watching a Red Sox game when Ken Harrelson was reading the out of town scores ( yes he was a Boston announcer once ) and deadpanned, "well this sounds interesting, at Chicago the Tigers beat the White Sox 4-1, the second game is delayed...outfield on fire"Hahah, nice.:D:

Brian26
07-13-2004, 01:46 PM
I saw the special last night on WTTW.It was so good i'm ordering the DVD with all the extra footage.I wanted to go to "DD" night,but once I saw the crowds,I thought it might be better not to spend the night in jail.:redneck :redneck

Are you sure the DVD is supposed to have any extra footage?

cubhater77
07-14-2004, 11:20 PM
too bad steve did this 25 yrs ago. hip hop demolition or rap wreck night woulda been a lot better!!

nasox
07-15-2004, 12:25 AM
too bad steve did this 25 yrs ago. hip hop demolition or rap wreck night woulda been a lot better!!
I know you said this tongue in cheek, but just to let you know, DD would never work today. back then you could bring in a whole lot more stuff into the park than you could today. Security is so much more tighter nowadays anyway. Would be cool to see a hip hop demolition to honor DD, althought it would never happen.

alohafri
07-15-2004, 03:22 PM
I watched the DD the Monday night and what really bothered me about it was that at the beginning they talked about how all these people came from all over--and they said most were not White Sox fans because the attendance at Sox games was pretty low that season. Then at the end of the show, they showed newspaper headlines implying that it was White Sox FANS that caused the ruckus...
It seems to me that most of the REAL Sox fans stayed in the stands--and the mopes out on the field were the kind of riff-raff we see now and then (like Ligue and Dybas and their ilk). This is the same problem we have now--like whenever there is half-price nite and lots of riff-raff (especially scrub fans) come to the Park and cause trouble. The media immediately (and innacurately lots of times) blames Sox fans for the trouble.

Granted, there were a number of Sox fans involved in the DD "riot" but I still think it was unfair of the media to make it sound as if everyone involved was a Sox fan. For that reason, I was not pleased with the documentary.


--Mrs. Aloha

Brian26
07-15-2004, 04:35 PM
Granted, there were a number of Sox fans involved in the DD "riot" but I still think it was unfair of the media to make it sound as if everyone involved was a Sox fan. For that reason, I was not pleased with the documentary.

--Mrs. Aloha

I didn't get that impression at all while watching. I think it was made abundantly clear by everyone who was interviewed that most of the people who showed up that night weren't baseball fans. The newspaper headlines that were quickly skimmed didn't seem that they obviously blamed Sox fans or Dahl either way.

BarbG
07-15-2004, 05:10 PM
I was there that night. Probably half the crowd was Sox fans. The idiots who ripped up the field were NOT.

I didn't watch the documentary because I was afraid they wouldn't show both sides of the story, meaning not everybody thought it was the greatest, coolest event ever - many felt quite the opposite.

wdelaney72
07-16-2004, 10:13 AM
I just received a reply from WTTW regarding a replay of the documentary.

"Thank you for your inquiry. We appreciate hearing from our viewers. This will air again on August 16th at 7;30PM. If you need further assistance, please call our Member & Viewer Service Department at 1-773-509-1111 X 6. Thank you"

Sox-on-TV44
07-16-2004, 03:08 PM
:cool: But I was only 3 back in L.A. at the time.But even then I hated disco!Before the special,I thought those who watched WSNS-TV 44 that night in 1979 saw the whole demoltion and (or) riot.But at least they said,they didn't show the on-field mess,cutting to "Alternative programming".But why were Harry and Jimmy were talking like if they were on Ch.44 when they wern't.

And what did Ch.44 showed instead of the demoltion?

thecell
07-16-2004, 03:53 PM
:cool: But I was only 3 back in L.A. at the time.But even then I hated disco!Before the special,I thought those who watched WSNS-TV 44 that night in 1979 saw the whole demoltion and (or) riot.But at least they said,they didn't show the on-field mess,cutting to "Alternative programming".But why were Harry and Jimmy were talking like if they were on Ch.44 when they wern't.

And what did Ch.44 showed instead of the demoltion?
Welcome aboard! :gulp:

silhouette
07-19-2004, 10:42 AM
I was there that night. Probably half the crowd was Sox fans. The idiots who ripped up the field were NOT.

I didn't watch the documentary because I was afraid they wouldn't show both sides of the story, meaning not everybody thought it was the greatest, coolest event ever - many felt quite the opposite.
I was there that night myself, and I would agree with you on that. However I was on the field with the rest of the idiots, chanting "Disco Sucks" (and it still does).

Boy, I miss those days, LOL.

SOXSINCE'70
07-19-2004, 10:51 AM
Are you sure the DVD is supposed to have any extra footage?
According to Steve Dahl,he had a channel 44 (ah,the memory of bad UHF television) camera rolling.It captured quite a bit of footage that was not in the WTTW special.Go to www.discodemolition.com (http://www.discodemolition.com) for more info.:bandance:

Procol Harum
07-19-2004, 10:51 AM
:cool: But I was only 3 back in L.A. at the time.But even then I hated disco!Before the special,I thought those who watched WSNS-TV 44 that night in 1979 saw the whole demoltion and (or) riot.But at least they said,they didn't show the on-field mess,cutting to "Alternative programming".But why were Harry and Jimmy were talking like if they were on Ch.44 when they wern't.

And what did Ch.44 showed instead of the demoltion?
I was watching that night at home in Lake County as a 25 year old babysitting dad. I know that at some point they cut away to "Outfield-On-Fire Theatre" but that was only after they had showed a pretty good slice of the chaos. I remember seeing the field packed with yahoos, the fire in center, the batting cage being dragged down (and Piersall's comments about that), people scaling down the foul poles, etc., etc. Then later they came back on to inform folks of the situation (I think after the cops had cleared the field) and that the game was being forfeited. I remember it being a jaw-dropping evening--couldn't believe what I was seeing. :o:

silhouette
07-19-2004, 10:55 AM
i had tickets for that night, but i got sick, so i didnt go!
damn i was pissed- it was awesome.

Does anyone have a ticket stub for sale from that night
ill gladly give ya $20
I had it but I lost it :(:

TommyJohn
07-19-2004, 12:06 PM
Here's a stupid piece of useless trivia, but I'll post it anyway. In remembering
DDN, I became curious about Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland. I wanted to
see if any players witnessed both events. Don't know why, I just find crap
like that interesting.

Anyway, I found Rusty Torres. Only longtime White Sox fans would remember
him. He broke in in September, 1971 with the Yankees. He played in the last
game that year between the Yankees and the Washington Senators, which
the Senators had to forfeit because angry fans rioted and the game couldn't
be completed.

Three years later, Torres was with the Indians. He was in the lineup on the
night of June 4, 1974, Ten Cent Beer Night.

Five years later he was in the lineup for the White Sox on July 12, 1979 and
witnessed the Disco Demolition riot.

So there you have it. Three games in the '70's forfeited because of fan riots
and Rusty Torres was in the lineup all three nights. Great stories for the
grandkids. Some people just have a knack for being in the right place at the
right time and witnessing history.

Realist
07-19-2004, 12:10 PM
Here's a stupid piece of useless trivia, but I'll post it anyway. In remembering
DDN, I became curious about Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland. I wanted to
see if any players witnessed both events. Don't know why, I just find crap
like that interesting.

Anyway, I found Rusty Torres. Only longtime White Sox fans would remember
him. He broke in in September, 1971 with the Yankees. He played in the last
game that year between the Yankees and the Washington Senators, which
the Senators had to forfeit because angry fans rioted and the game couldn't
be completed.

Three years later, Torres was with the Indians. He was in the lineup on the
night of June 4, 1974, Ten Cent Beer Night.

Five years later he was in the lineup for the White Sox on July 12, 1979 and
witnessed the Disco Demolition riot.

So there you have it. Three games in the '70's forfeited because of fan riots
and Rusty Torres was in the lineup all three nights. Great stories for the
grandkids. Some people just have a knack for being in the right place at the
right time and witnessing history.

And bfore any wisenheimer says it, yeah I know. I need a girlfriend. I'm
working on it.
Thanks for the interesting post. It reminds me of a friend of mine that always seemed to be standing in the middle of chaos and what his late father used to say about him...

"The wind blew, the *crap* flew, and there stood Rusty." :redneck

PaleHoseGeorge
07-19-2004, 12:13 PM
Here's a stupid piece of useless trivia, but I'll post it anyway. In remembering
DDN, I became curious about Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland. I wanted to
see if any players witnessed both events. Don't know why, I just find crap
like that interesting.

Anyway, I found Rusty Torres. Only longtime White Sox fans would remember
him. He broke in in September, 1971 with the Yankees. He played in the last
game that year between the Yankees and the Washington Senators, which
the Senators had to forfeit because angry fans rioted and the game couldn't
be completed.

Three years later, Torres was with the Indians. He was in the lineup on the
night of June 4, 1974, Ten Cent Beer Night.

Five years later he was in the lineup for the White Sox on July 12, 1979 and
witnessed the Disco Demolition riot.

So there you have it. Three games in the '70's forfeited because of fan riots
and Rusty Torres was in the lineup all three nights. Great stories for the
grandkids. Some people just have a knack for being in the right place at the
right time and witnessing history.

And bfore any wisenheimer says it, yeah I know. I need a girlfriend. I'm
working on it.
Hey, that's good trivia. We ought to track down Rusty Torres for an interview. I'm guessing he would have a unique perspective comparing and contrasting the three different riots. I'm betting Disco Demolition was a walk in the park compared to the club-swinging drunken crazies at 10 cent beer night, or the mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it-anymore fools tearing up RFK Stadium in 1971.

:wink:

Brian26
07-19-2004, 12:54 PM
Hey, that's good trivia. We ought to track down Rusty Torres for an interview. I'm guessing he would have a unique perspective comparing and contrasting the three different riots. I'm betting Disco Demolition was a walk in the park compared to the club-swinging drunken crazies at 10 cent beer night, or the mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it-anymore fools tearing up RFK Stadium in 1971.

:wink:

After reading some of the stories about ten cent beer night in Cleveland recently, I'm surprised Jeff Bouroughs made it out of there alive. What a scary situation. I wonder if any video exists of that at all?