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Saturday, May 19th, 2018
38 Years Ago Today

Here are a few excerpts of a NewsCenter5 newscast on WMAQ Channel 5 on the final eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. Featuring Chuck Henry and Jerry Taft.

This aired on May 20, 1980.

WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 - "Mount St. Helens" (1980)

Here are a few excerpts of a NewsCenter5 newscast on WMAQ Channel 5 on the final eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. Featuring Chuck Henry and Jerry Taft.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, May 20th 1980.

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Is that Jerry Taft or Will Ferrell??
Comment posted by Delmont on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 5:55am.

This aired the day before I was born. As for Jerry Taft I think in this clip he looked like a cross between Gene Wilder and the guy who played Greatest American Hero.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 9:49am.

William Katt played the Greatest American Hero; his mother was Barbara Hale, who played Della Street on "Perry Mason". On one or two of the "Perry Mason" movies, he played Paul Drake, Jr. And yes, Jerry Taft looks like him, and Gene Wilder, and Will Ferrell here.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 11:53am.

Jerry really shines in front of the green screen, but looks like a schlub phoning it in during the remote piece with his messy appearance and droning pace to his voice.

Nice fear-mongering with the ice age warning too. Three more volcanoes and itís fur hats for everyone!

Is there any way we can find out who was working at the Chicago South Water Filtration Plant? Apparently, she wasnít important enough to warrant a title graphic with her name, but Iím sure she could regale us with tales of when Jerry came calling 30 years ago.

And who is that female voice I hear at the very end?

Comment posted by AbeFroman on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 12:50pm.

"Look ma! It's snowing in May!"

"No Johnny, the volcano just farted...."

Comment posted by Pete on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 1:07pm.

I remember this event pretty well. May 18, 1980 was my father's fiftieth birthday, and as I recall it was Armed Forces Day that year. We spent the day at a military open house at O'Hare field (remember those?), and found out about Mt. St. Helens' eruption when we got home.

The subject of Mt. St. Helens always reminds me of a geologist who was "on site" at the volcano when it blew. His last words to his home base, screamed over a radio before he was obliterated, were "Vancouver, Vancouver, THIS IS IT!!!"

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 5:03pm.

To answer Abe's question, that was Jorie Lueloff. Like Jerry, she moved on to ABC7 as well--in her case, she did commentaries, usually during the 4pm news.
Comment posted by jPHQ on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 5:09pm.

I remember my dad had to take the car to about 3 car washes to get the ash off.
It was a thin layer, but tough!
Someone needs to show this piece of video to Al Gore.

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 6:13pm.

Looks like Jerry's almost done with his Green Apple ring pop at 3:48!
Comment posted by Delmont on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 7:11pm.

KOMO-TV in Seattle has posted an excerpt of their coverage from the eruption's first day (Sunday, May 18), which is pretty interesting. And yes, KOMO used an odd set that looked like a doctor's waiting room for all their newscasts at the time.
Comment posted by T.K. on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 9:05pm.

That's some incredible footage there, T.K.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, April 20th 2010 at 10:29pm.

Is that Jerry Taft or Willie Ames??
Comment posted by micronaut on Wednesday, April 21st 2010 at 9:22am.

Delmont: Jerry Taft sure DOES look like Will Ferrell in this clip.
Comment posted by szake on Wednesday, April 21st 2010 at 3:59pm.

Can anyone confirm what edition of NewsCenter5 this was? 5pm?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, April 22nd 2010 at 4:26pm.

Am I the only person who thinks that Jerry Taft should be surprised on his next birthday with this clip?
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Wednesday, May 20th 2015 at 11:26am.

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