Plier buys Lujack typewriter for broadcast museum

Larry'sTypewriterLarry Lujack’s trusty Smith-Corona soon may be on display for all to see at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

The manual typewriter used by the legendary Chicago radio personality for more than 40 years was acquired on eBay Sunday for $755 by David Plier, weekend personality at Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN AM 720 and longtime board member of the museum.

Plier said he plans provide the typewriter on loan to the museum, where Lujack is enshrined in the National Radio Hall of Fame.

David Plier

David Plier

“It’s where radio and television history belongs, especially given the Chicago connection to a true radio icon in our very backyard,” Plier said. “Now the museum can use this artifact to help tell that story of the man that helped redefine radio in Chicago and across America.”

In 2011, Plier paid $3,000 at auction to acquire the electric organ used on “Bozo’s Circus” and donated it to the museum.

The beloved “Superjock,” who avoided computers all his life, left his old Smith-Corona Secretarial 76 to longtime friend and former WLS AM 890 program director John Rook when Lujack died of cancer last December at 73. Rook put it up for auction on eBay to benefit the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, which he founded in 2007.

Plier said he has fond memories personal memories of Lujack. “Like so many, I grew up listening to ‘Uncle Lar’ on WLS,” he said. “I found it fascinating that he shunned new technology for the classic communication of a Smith-Corona.

“Larry was only an acquaintance, but he and his lovely wife, Jude, were guests at our table at the Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2008 where he inducted his friend, the legendary Charlie Tuna (KHJ, KROQ, KISS). After hours of having a few cocktails, dinner and talking with them, he was pure ‘Lujack’ as he expressed his frustration when as the ceremony started, producers told him to cut his induction speech short. That just fired him up more to let it fly (as well as a few expletives) and speak as long as he desired. It was one of the best speeches and most memorable moments with the legendary ‘Super Jock.’ ”

At the 2008 Radio Hall of Fame dinner (from left): John Gehron, Robert Feder, Larry Lujack, Mancow Muller and David Plier

At the 2008 Radio Hall of Fame dinner (from left): John Gehron, Robert Feder, Larry Lujack, Mancow Muller and David Plier