Thursday, January 30, 2014

From The VHS Files In Glenview, Illinois...

Many of you know that old tapes with sporting events on them are stored in a basement and never get thrown away. Many of you also know that the last VHS tape player in the 60025 zip code is located in this house. What many of you don't know is that there's a DVD burner attached to said VHS tape player. The burner is great for transferring wedding and bar mitzvah videos to a digital format.

But it's also good for converting old sporting events.

Today, Ivy Chat awakes from its slumber (and stupor) to bring you a piece from the WGN telecast of the first night game in Wrigley Field history. It turns out that the Tribune also had problems with the neighborhood over adding lights to Wrigley Field, just like the Ricketts are having today. It took 5 years for the Trib to get approval to add lights and 6 years to complete the project.

What the Trib didn't have until year 5 was a compliant City Council. They also had to overcome losing a lawsuit. Guess what the Trib had to threaten to get approval?

Perhaps a bit of a case study for the Ricketts. And perhaps the losing of the lawsuit is what's sticking in Tom Ricketts' craw

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