WGN Channel 9 – Family Classics With Frazier Thomas – "Boys Town" (Opening, 1981)

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Here is the opening for the Family Classics with Frazier Thomas presentation of “Boys Town” on WGN Channel 9. Includes:

WGN Bumper promo for the premiere of The Incredible Hulk, which started on Monday, December 21st 1981. Also features the WGN Circle-9 Logo, which had been introduced earlier in the year. Voiceover by Floyd Brown. Kind of funny that the promo is for The Incredible Hulk, while the WGN logo uses the Superman theme.

Opening of Family Classics with Frazier Thomas. Features the older-style logo for Family Classics. Gotta love that opening music!

The Family Classics theme song was called “Moviescope” and was a piece of library music composed by Dennis Berry. It was originally released on the Berry/Conroy label.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, December 13th 1981 at 3:30pm.

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JCIC says:

It's late Sunday afternoon, snowing outside, mom is in the kitchen and the smell of dinner fills the air. Dad is sitting on his favorite chair reading the Chicago times, us kids huddled on the floor with our favorite blankets and pillows. The music starts…..ahhh the movie you have been waiting for all year is finally on!

Paul Joseph says:

Came here in 2021. Born late 60s. Fond memories.

Bryan Spaet says:

Wow memories. Grew up watching family classics.

Dwayne Terrell says:

They need to play family classics with Frazier Thomas onfor all the older people I grew up watching family classics with Frazier Thomas it's a good show and it should come back on here

lemard mays says:

I miss this old show on our Channel 9. So nice…

Troy Tempest says:

I was born in 1952 and grew up with Frazier Thomas, Garfield Goose, and of course, "Family Classics", and all I can say is that I miss it all.

townhall05446 says:

"So now… if you're quite ready, let us begin." I wonder how many times over the years did I hear Frazier Thomas introduce the weekly Family Classics movie that way. Dozens and dozens of Sunday late afternoons spent watching this great show though the 1960's for me, mostly.

bigO! plabax says:

What used to be located a few miles west of Omaha is now surrounded by lots of West Omaha development. First National Business Park, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, Trendwood neighborhood and Millard North High School (I graduated there in '92) are what's along B.T.'s boundaries. A similar made-for-TV movie, "Miracle of the Heart" (1986) was filmed throughout its entirety at Boys Town.

Guy Azbell says:

No chance at quality entertainment like this today. 🙁

John Holton says:

I miss "fat, friendly Frazier."

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