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December 17On December 17, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the day the Wright Brothers, who made the airplane a reality, made an incredible breakthrough. We also take a look at the debut of the fashionable Vogue magazine and on the day of his birth, we profile the distinct and talented Giovanni Ribisi.
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December 18On December 18, Through the Decades relives the publishing of the first issue of Playboy, a magazine considered both iconic and taboo. We are also taking a look back at the arrest of Soviet informant Thomas Cavanagh and on the day of his death, we honor the brilliant and talented Chris Farley.
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December 19On December 19, Through the Decades remembers the impeachment pf Bill Clinton following the Monica Lewinski affair scandal. We also take a look back at the moment Nelson Rockefeller became the 41st Vice President of the U.S. and on the day of her birth, we profile actor and philanthropist Alyssa Milano.
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December 20On December 20, Through the Decades delves into the invasion of Panama by U.S. forces to ouster dictator Manual Noriega. We remember the debut of a holiday classic at a charity – It’s a Wonderful Life – and on the day of his death, we celebrate the life of astronomer, author and teacher Carl Sagan.
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December 21On December 21, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the day Elvis Presley found himself in the Oval Office meeting Richard Nixon. We also take a look back at James Naismith, who with two peach baskets and a soccer ball created one of the most beloved sports of all time – and Charles De Gaulle becomes President of France.
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Big Laughs on the Small ScreenThrough the Decades looks back on the shows that gave us big laughs on the small screen, including The Andy Griffith Show, The Golden Girls, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Through the Decades: December 13
On December 13, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the birth of the National Guard, which was originally created to defend Massachusetts's settlements. We also recall the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Francis Law due to his involvement in sexual abuse scandal of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. We remember the day "Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits" reached number one on Billboard's ... moreWatch now
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.