George Will

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George Will shares insights from "A Nice Little Place on the North Side," his book exploring the 100-year history of Wrigley Field. (7:17)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY!

MY GUEST IS PULITZER PRIZEWINNING COLUMNIST GEORGE WILL!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)GEORGE!

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING BACK!

NICE TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW.

OF COURSE, THERE ARE A FEWPEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DO NOT KNOW

YOU'RE A PULITZER PRIZE WINNINGCOLUMNIST, PUBLISHED OVER 500

NEWSPAPERS WORLDWIDE.

YOU'RE A FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTORNOW.

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

>> LOVE IT.

>> Stephen: YOU WORKED ABC FORYEARS, NOW FOX NEWS.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

>> FOX NEWS IS LIKE GETTING ON ASOUTHWEST AIRLINES PLANE.

EVERYBODY'S HAPPY, AT THE TOP OFTHE HEAP AND FEEL LIKE

INSURGENTS.

>> Stephen: WOW.

THAT'S GREAT.

SOUNDS ALMOST DANGEROUS(LAUGHTER)

YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK CALLED ANICE LITTLE PLACE ON THE NORTH

SIDE, WRIGLEY FIELD AT 100.

WHY WRITE A BOOK ABOUT WRIGLEYFIELD?

YOU'RE A CUBS FAN.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DO YOU LOVE THECUBS OR IS IT SORT OF AN ABUSIVE

RELATIONSHIP YOU CAN'T GETYOURSELF OUT OF RIGHT NOW?

>> I'M AFRAID IF I STOP, THEY'LLSTART WINNING.

>> Stephen: OH, LIKE THE CUBSARE A SLOT MACHINE THAT YOU'VE

WARMED UP.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: FOR 106 YEARS.

THEY'VE GOT TO PAY OFFEVENTUALLY.

>> TURNS OUT THEY DON'T.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO.

>> Stephen: FOR THE PEOPLE OUTTHERE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN AT

WRIGLEY FIELD, I USED TO LIVE ONADDISON AT BROADWAY AND IT'S

BEAUTIFUL.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WRIGLEYFIELD?

>> THE SHEER AGE OF IT.

WHEN IT OPENED 100 YEARS AGO ONAPRIL 23rd, 1914, WE KNOW THAT

THERE HAD TO BE CIVIL WARVETERANS IN THE STANDS.

PEOPLE FROM GETTYSBURG, SHILOH,CHANCELLORSVILLE --

>> Stephen: WHY DO WE KNOWTHEY HAD TO BE THERE?

>> IT WAS A REQUIREMENT.

>> Stephen: FOR OPENING GAME?

RIGHT.

>> Stephen: LIKE BAT DAY ORQUARTER BEER, IT'S TAKE A

CIVIL WAR VETERAN HOME DAY?

>> EXACTLY RIGHT.

>> Stephen: SO THE AGE OF ITIS GREAT.

I LOVE THINGS THAT ARE OLD.

I'M CONSERVATIVE, YOU'RECONSERVATIVE.

I DON'T THINK ANYTHING SHOULDEVER CHANGE.

DO YOU THINK THAT WRIGLEYFIELD --

>> THAT MAKES YOU A LIBERAL.

>> Stephen: THAT NOTHINGSHOULD CHANGE?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T REALIZETHAT.

CONSERVATIVES WANT TO CONSERVETHINGS.

I KNOW YOU'RE A WORD SMITH --BUT WHY DO WANT LIBERALS THINGS

TO STAY THE SAME?

>> IN 1935, SOCIAL SECURITY --DO YOU DRIVE A 1935 CAR?

>> Stephen: NO, I DRIVE ATESLA.

>> I'M SURE YOU DO.

>> Stephen: YEAH, I DO.

DO YOU WATCH A 1935TELEVISION SET?

>> Stephen: NO, A 1935TELEVISION SET, I THINK WAS A

POTATO FIELD.

>> THE SOCIAL SECURITY LIBERALSBELIEVE THINGS SHOULD HAVE GONE

JUST AS IT ALWAYS HAS.

>> Stephen: SO WE SHOULD GETRID OF SOCIAL SECURITY?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: I SHOULD.

AM I MORE OF A CONSERVATIVE THANYOU ARE?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

I WAS TRYING TO LEAD YOU INTO AFIELD WHERE OLD PEOPLE WOULD

SHOOT YOU IN THE HEAD.

WHAT IS IT -- WHEN WAS THE LASTTIME YOU WENT TO A GAME THERE?

>> TWO WEEKS AGO.

>> Stephen: DID THEY WIN?

NOT EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

HOW CLOSE TO WINNING DID THEYCOME?

>> THEY SCORED.

>> Stephen: THEY SCORED?

OH, THAT'S REALLY GOOD.

I LOVE IT THERE.

>> 18 INNINGS IN YANKEE STADIUMA WEEK AGO AND DIDN'T SCORE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINKWRIGLEY FIELD, IT'S SUCH A

LOVELY PLACE TO BE.

YOU HAVE THE HAND-LETTEREDSCOREBOARD, THE IVY-COLORED

WALLS, YOU'VE GOT VOMIT ON CLARKSTREET -- DO YOU THINK IF IT

WASN'T SO NICE THAT THE CUBSWOULD WIN MORE?

>> IT IS THE CASE THAT P.K.

WRIGLEY, THE SON OF THE WRIGLEYAFTER WHOM THE BALLPARK IS

NAMED, DECIDED WHEN HE INHERITEDTHE TEAM, THE TEAM IS TERRIBLE,

THE BALLPARK IS BEAUTIFUL, LET'SGET PEOPLE COME TO SEE THE

BALLPARK.

THE GRASS WILL BE SO GREEN ANDTHE IVY SO LUSH AND THE SUNSHINE

SO WARM AND THE BEER SO COLDPEOPLE WON'T CARE WHAT THE

SCOREBOARD SAYS.

AND FOR A WHILE THEY DID THAT.

>> Stephen: AND PEOPLE CARENOW?

>> THEY CARE ENOUGH.

>> Stephen: ARE PEOPLE NOTGOING TO GAMES AT WRIGLEY FIELD

ANYMORE?

>> OH, THEY'RE GOING.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THEPROBLEM, GEORGE?

>> THE PROBLEM -->> Stephen: WHAT IS THE

PROBLEM?

SOUNDS LIKE IT'S A NICE PLACE TOGO AND SPEND AN AFTERNOON

BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUTGOING AND GETTING DRUNK AND

OCCASIONALLY A BASEBALL GAMEHAPPENS THERE.

IT'S BEEN SINCE 1908 SINCE THEYWON THE WORLD SERIES.

YOU DON'T GO THERE TO WATCHBASEBALL.

YOU GO THERE TO MEET FRIENDS.

>> 1908 IS TWO YEARS BEFORETOLSTOY DIED.

>> Stephen: WAS TOLSTOY AWHITE SOX FAN?

I DON'T UNDERSTAND(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU CAN MEET VERY INTERESTINGPEOPLE AT WRIGLEY FIELD.

THEY HAD A VENDOR THERE WHOTRIED TO CHEAT THE FANS.

HIS NAME WAS JACK RUBINSTEIN.

MOVED TO DALLAS, CHANGED HISNAME TO JACK RUBY AND SHOT LEE

HARVEY OSWALD.

>> Stephen: WAIT A SECOND --IF THE CUBS HAD BEEN A BETTER

TEAM AND GIVEN MORE BUSINESS TOJACK RUBINSTEIN, WE'D KNOW WHO

SHOT KENNEDY?

>> WE KNOW WHO SHOT KENNEDY.

>> Stephen: WAKE UP!

COME ON, GEORGE!

YOU BUY THAT SINGLE BULLETTHEORY?

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WE JUST GOT FROMWRIGLEY FIELD TO THE KENNEDY

ASSASSINATION.

THAT'S THE COLBERT REPORT"PROMISE.

>>BUT THE CUBS WON THE COLD WAR.

>> Stephen: IF YOU CAN PROVETHE CUBS WON THE COLD WAR, I'LL

PERSONALLY ENDORSE THIS BOOK.

RIGHT NOW.

IT COULD HAPPEN.

>> IN 1919 WILLIAM WRIGLEYBOUGHT CATALINA OFF SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA.

THE CUBS BEGAN TO TRAIN THERE.

IN '37 A DES MOINES, IOWABROADCASTER KNOWN AS DUTCH

REAGAN DECIDED HE WOULD COVERSPRING TRAINING FOR HIS RADIO

STATION.

TOOK A MOVIE TEST WITH WARNERBROTHERS, BECAME AN ACTOR,

BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITEDSTATES AND WON THE COLD WAR.

THEREFORE, THE CUBS GET CREDITFOR WINNING THE COLD WAR.

(CHEERING)>> Stephen: BY THAT SAME

LOGIC, DID NOT THE CHICAGO CUBSALSO SELL ARMS TO IRAN?

(LAUGHTER)GEORGE WILL, I PERSONALLY

ENDORSE A NICE LITTLE PLACE ONTHE NORTH SIDE, THAT'S THE

COLBERT BUMP, GO GET IT.

WE'LL BE BACK.THANK YOU, GEORGE!

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