Yesterday I came across this 1990s-vintage video parody of some talented ladies singing about waiting for the #50 Damen bus, to the tune of “(What if God Was) One of Us.)
What really makes it pertinent today is that things really haven’t changed too much. I suppose you might not have to wait so long today if you were using Bus Tracker, but we all know it can be wrong. So this lyric excerpt still golds true:
If the bus were on time? Would that be such a crime?
Would I have to pay more if the driver smiled at me.
… Yeah yeah, the CTA makes me late.
And certainly safety is still an issue:
What if God drove the bus, then the ride would be safe for us.
He wouldn’t let people cuss, he’d throw them off and make the walk.
The video was directed by Larry Santoro for a Chicago Headline Club Gridiron Show. The show was a yearly fundraiser for the Headline Club scholarship fund for journalism majors. The show was directed for many years by Santoro, who recently passed away. A Gridiron Show alum has been honoring the memory of Santoro by converting Gridiron parody videos into today’s digital format.
David Fell, a Gridiron Show regular, handled this conversion. Thanks for the memories David. I was in two Gridiron shows myself in the early 1990s. One year I played (badly) Walter Jacobson, a former Chicago TV news veteran.
Here’s to the memories of those shows and their great director, Larry Santoro.
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