Mal Bellairs

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Illinois Broadcast Pioneer Award

Here is a video That IBA prepared to honor Mal. He gave this talk in 1995. The award was given in June 2009 when Mal was 89 and no longer as spry. This link shows you others who have been given the broadcast pioneer award. The video above was...

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Mal’s 2d Day Hosting Arthur Godfrey Show

On Tuesday, Mal’s guests include Ed Ames and Helen Gurley Brown. Also, apparently, the Bellairs kids bought everything for sale at FAO Schwartz on 5th Ave. Greatest toy store ever.

Mal makes it through discussing women’s sex lives with Gurley Brown and Ames sings “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks.

Godfrey pitches Lysol, diet pills and breakfast bran cereal.

Mal went long – announcer says the program was edited to meet time requirements. Or maybe Helen said too much.

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Close Up TV

In 1954 Mal was doing some TV. This is audio from the show “Close Up” that he hosted. The audio is from the “pretty little girl” sketch. If I recall correctly, Dad did this sketch wearing a zoot suit. I think this show may have been a favorite of his. He kept the artwork slides for this sketch on the walls of his home, even when he moved to Woodstock, 60 years later. You can tell from his reading that he was having a good time.

I have no idea how long the show was on the air; not long I suppose. Close Up was an early evening variety show. Shortly after this he went back to radio to stay.

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Mal’s notes on his bio

Here are handwritten notes Mal made when preparing to talk about his work. (If you have heard his talk you understand he never typed a word.) Interesting things he mentions that you may not hear in the talk — His first job in on the air was a commercial...

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In 1995 Mal spoke at the Midwest Broadcast Museum

Dad got a chance to stand up and talk to a group of Chicagoland broadcasters about his life. He talked about his early years in Wyoming, his discovery of Chicago and acting. He talks about future greats he got to know at the Pasadena Playhouse and his service during...

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North Shore Walk of Fame

North Shore Hilton and North Shore Magazine put Mal on the North Shore Walk of Fame in 1994. Jack Brickhouse, a longtime friend, made the presentation. Here is Mal putting his hand prints on the walk: And here is the plaque commemorating the award: Previous honorees included Scott Turow,...

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