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Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. (Photo © Chicago Tribune)

After spending months combing through nearly 100 years of archival photographs and newspaper articles, the Chicago Tribune is releasing a comprehensive look at the Chicago Bears.

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Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died at age 93. We look back at a clip featuring Rooney from our archives. Watch the full 1989 program about child stars called When We Were Young: Growing up on the Silver Screen.

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We get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and history of dyeing the Chicago River green – a city tradition since 1962, and a family tradition since its inception. Meet the men who turn the river bright green each year in this story originally told by John Callaway on March 17, 2004.

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Chicago actor, writer and director Harold Ramis died at age 69. Watch web extra video interviews with Ramis from WTTW's archives.

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Chicago legend Frank Thomas was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Watch a 2011 interview with Thomas from our archives.

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Legendary Chicago radio personality Larry Lujack died Wednesday at the age of 73. We look back at two of Lujack's appearances from WTTW's archives. Watch the web extra videos.

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Nelson Mandela died at age 95. Watch web extra videos about the anti-apartheid icon from WTTW's archives.

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Best-selling author Tom Clancy died at age 66. Back in 2002, Elizabeth Brackett interviewed Clancy on an episode of Chicago Tonight. Watch the web extra video from our archives.

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As a longtime congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr. was a regular guest on Chicago Tonight. Watch web extra videos of Jackson Jr. that illustrate the kind of political gravitas he had before this scandal erupted last year.

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Chicago cop-turned-actor Dennis Farina died today at age 69. Watch web extra video of Farina from WTTW's archives.

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Blues singer Bobby Bland died at age 83. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recipient of a lifetime achievement Grammy Award, Bland had a memorable performance in WTTW studios back in 1977 on Soundstage with B.B. King. Watch the web extra video.

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Bud Herseth, the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpeter, died Saturday at 91. We revisit our 2004 conversation with Herseth -- as well as John Callaway's 1978 conversation with prima ballerina Maria Tallchief -- who died last week as well.

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Dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day has been a city tradition since 1962. And it’s been a family tradition since its inception. Meet the men who turn the river bright green each year as we revisit our March 17, 2004 story. 

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Former longtime New York Mayor Ed Koch died on Friday. We take a look back at interviews with Koch from the WTTW archives.

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We look back at a 1987 interview from Chicago Tonight’s archives between John Callaway, and actors John Malkovich and Joan Allen.

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Legendary sportswriter Bill Jauss died on Wednesday at age 81. We revisit a 2006 interview with him from Chicago Tonight's archives in our web extra video.

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