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Publicity recordings collection, 1987-1991

Identifier: 036.05.02

Eleven audio recordings featuring various Illinois Institute of Technology people and topics. Nine of the recordings are interviews conducted for commercial radio broadcast; tapes were created by and provided by the radio station. The other two recordings were probably made by IIT staff. Tape numbers and descriptions are listed below.

  1. Roy Moore, IIT, 1987 Forecast WGN-AM/Chicago; Radio Broadcast; December 30, 1986; 40:11 min. (2 copies) Live interview with Roy Moore, finance professor and director of the Business Planning Institute at IIT; former chief economist at First Chicago Corp. A forecast of the economy for 1987.
  2. Roy Moore, IIT, 1987 Forecast WBBM-AM/Chicago; Radio Broadcast; December 31, 1986; 9:53 min. Live interview with Roy Moore, finance professor and director of the Business Planning Institute at IIT; former chief economist at First Chicago Corp. A forecast of the economy for 1987. (Begins on cassette with Roy Moore, December 31, 1986 and continues on a 2nd cassette) WGN-AM/Chicago; Radio Broadcast; January 1, 1987; ca. 2 hours (two cassettes) Extension 720 program, hosted by Milton Rosenberg. Live interview discussion of technology issues and predictions for the future. Guests are IIT professors George Craft (Electrical Engineering), Peter Land (City Planning), Charles L. [Chuck] Owen (Design) and David Morrison, President of IITRI. Very useful as a historical document evidencing serious comments and analysis of short-term future predictions by educators and scientists covering both technical possibilities and sociological implications. Brief mention of the House of the Future international competition won by IIT’s Institute of Design team; particularly interesting comments throughout the discussion by Peter Land on the future of residential designs and urban patterns; predictions on directions of computer development; discussion of need for ethics education in technical curricula.
  3. See #2 above
  4. Technology of the 21st Century; Rosenberg Show WGN-AM/Chicago; Radio Broadcast; June 27, 1989; ca. 2 hrs. Extension 720 program, hosted by Milton Rosenberg. Live interview discussion of technology issues with predictions for 25 years into the future. Guests are IIT professors Patrick Whitney (chair of Institute of Design), M. Zia Hassan (acting dean of Stuart School of Business), Hassan Nagib (chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Peter Green (Computer Science). Tape is unedited and includes news, weather, and commercial interruptions. Topics include (among others) foodways, space exploration, robotics, and education.
  5. Artistic License, Subject: Architecture Design School WBEZ-AM/Chicago; Radio Broadcast; August 24, 1991; 14:00 min. Artistic License program. Live interview program about the new newsstand built at the corner of Clark and Fullerton Streets by architecture students at IIT. “Man-on-the-street” comments and interview with Dirk Dennison, architecture professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, who assigned the exercise to design, fund and construct the newsstand to his first year students. Also comments by Laurie Delton (sp?) and Scott Skipworth who won the “design competition.” The newsstand is described as a “structuralist expression” after Mies van der Rohe. Useful for its entertainment value as well as informational content about a minor academic activity, the type of which is numerous in the institution’s history, but seldom documented.
  6. Dr. Irwin Weber; 9/9/88; WDCB; IIT West; 30 minutes Irwin Weber, Director of IIT West, being interviewed live by Jim Howard on radio program “Mike Line” about the recent announcement that IIT would build a facility in Wheaton, which became the Rice Center campus. Very good interview with substantive comments. Good research value. Topics covered include: Meyer Feldberg as IIT’s president; donation of Wheaton property; Art Nolan; Rice Foundation; Charles Shaw and Joe Klein (developers); construction schedule; academic; professional and community activities to be supported; relationship with Wheaton College and College of DuPage; rationale for western suburban location; IITV sites; Midwest College of Engineering – acquisition by IIT; relationship to East-West R & D corridor telecommunications companies; business classes and MBA program; unique position of DuPage County with re to higher education; focus on students; community-friendly intention.
  7. Co-Generation IIT; Aug 17; 1989; WBEZ; 3:35 min. Henry Linden, Interim President of IIT, being interviewed (live) about the $10 million co-generation power plant to be built at IIT. Contains good information, good research value.
  8. Dr. Leon Stover Interview; 4/4/87; WBEZ; length unknown – probably ca. 30 min. Leon Stover, an IIT faculty member and noted H. G. Wells historian, talks about the Chicago Public Library’s Wells exhibit “Reality and Beyond” which he co-curated.
  9. Nate Thomas/IIT; July 8; 1987; WVON; ca. 15 min. Nate Thomas, Asst. V. P. for External Affairs being interviewed (live) on the topic of morality among students, high school and college age. His comments reflect a concept of moral; and how it could be taught, common at the time. Also included are comments on minority relations and Thomas’ role as V. P. to impact state and local legislation to promote higher education, particularly for blacks.
  10. Inaugural Speeches Induction of Meyer Feldberg as 5th President of IIT, Sept. 29, 1987; 1 1/4 hr. Includes presentation of colors, singing of National Anthem, invocation, and welcomes from James Kiriazes (student body president), Paul DeForest (faculty representative), Tom Katsahnais (Alumni Association), Robert Pritzker (Board of Trustees), Mayor Harold Washington, Arnold R. Weber, (president of Northwestern University). Addresses by Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate and by alumnus and Meyer Feldberg. Concludes with singing of Alma Mater and benediction by Rabbi N________ N________. Master of Ceremonies, Robert W. Galvin. Tape has a hum throughout, but quality is otherwise very good. Comments by Washington include mention of IIT’s minority programs and affirmative action policy. Feldberg’s comments include remarks about the international design competition in Osaka Japan won by Institute of Design students. Aquatecture Valuable item for its audio capture of Washington, Friedman and Feldberg’s talks. Also good quality renditions of National Anthem and school song by male a capella chorus.
  11. Herbert Simon, Nobel Laureate; (2 copies) Commencement Ceremony, 1988; ca. 90 min. Speaker: Herbert A. Simon, former faculty member (Poly. Sci., 1942 - 1949) and Nobel Laureate Copy 1 opens with invocation and National Anthem, (ca. 15 min.) and greetings by Pres. Meyer Feldberg, et allia, followed by Simon’s address (ca. 15 min.) with comments on post-WW II Marshall Plan. Balance of tape is conferring of awards, final remarks, singing of Alma Mater, blessing and recessional. Copy 2 begins with processional music (several minutes).


  • Creation: 1987-1991


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

13 cassettes


Was 1998.260. It is presumed that these "found in collection" audio tapes were collected by IIT's public relations staff and sent to Galvin Library at some point prior to 1998 when no longer needed for PR purposes.


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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