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Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
30 Years Ago Today

Here's a segment of Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler as aired on WTTW Channel 11. Also includes two WTTW Station IDs before and after the segment. This one was from the week of Monday, June 29th through Sunday, July 5th 1987.

"Keep Looking Up!"

Opening and closing voice over by Big Wilson.

Theme music: "Arabesque No. 1" by Tomita (from his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing).

This aired on June 29, 1987.

WTTW Channel 11 - Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler - "When The Earth Is Farthest From The Sun" (1987)

Here's a segment of Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler as aired on WTTW Channel 11, in honor of Jack, who passed away at the age of 72 this past Friday. Also includes two WTTW Station IDs before and after the segment. This one was from the week of Monday, June 29th through Sunday, July 5th 1987.

"Keep Looking Up!"

Opening and closing voiceover by Big Wilson.

Theme music: "Arabesque No. 1" by Tomita (from his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing).

This aired on local Chicago TV early Monday, June 29th 1987.

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The voiceover for "Star Hustler" was Big Wilson.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 3:53am.

RIP Jack Horkheimer. It was almost as if he geared these little shows to kids, which makes the fact that they played early Monday morning all the more strange. Still, I liked them.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 7:09am.

At least here in NE Indiana the last few years, his stuff was always shown at 11:55, after Red Green :)
Comment posted by afdave on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 7:47am.

@HUdson...I think they were more of a family show but as a little kid I would always laugh at Jack. I almost expected him to throw confetti.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 10:18am.

I've seen this a few times here and there. It was first called Star Hustler, later it was renamed Star Gazer.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 12:08pm.

@Galaga: Yeah...he DOES remind me of Rip Taylor!
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 12:16pm.

The reason for the change in title to "Star Gazer" was due to the fact that the word "hustler" had unfortunately become associated with a certain magazine published by one Mr. Larry Flynt.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 1:25pm.

Sorry to hear of his passing...I loved watching his 5 minute lectures growing up and even now - especially when he was aired after sign-on or before sign-off - a la WYIN until late 2008. I would find him sporadically after all Chicago PBS stations went 24 hrs. I also vastly enjoyed the opening and closing whistling music...sweet. RIP Jack...We're still looking up!
Comment posted by Tim on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 3:18pm.

"Arabesque No. 1" (from the 1974 LP "Snowflakes Are Dancing") by Tomita, if anyone's interested in what the music used for Mr. Horkheimer's program was.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 6:18pm.

I used to watch this before sign-off on Mississippi ETV (WMAH in Biloxi) when it was on my cable system for a time in the '90s. Very sorry to hear of his passing.
Comment posted by CJH791982 on Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 12:43pm.

V/O and theme music info added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 7:49pm.

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