Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When I first started at the B.C. in 1970, I was in the construction shop and one of the older guys, ("rubber hose" - Frank Galucci?) took me around the B.C. and introduced me to dozens of workers. Everyone should have an experience like that!
Another interesting pair was Hugo Ripp and Henry Korkus. I worked with both of them on several projects. Towards the end of his life, Korkus was really able to only communicate with Hugo, me and the equipment! Don't know if you heard the story, but Henry got more and more introverted and more and more depressed. He was a survivor of one of the Nazi death camps. They had gassed him and he almost lost his voice. Management gave him a leave of absence and he went over to Black Rock, took an elevator to a high floor and dropped down the elevator shaft. They said it was an accident, but I don't think so.
Hugo was an interesting guy. He designed much of the electronics, especially the computerization, for the B.C. and, I will close with Harvie Schwartz, Jr!

Harvie was a manager in Video Tape, at one point. That was pretty funny, because he was totally color blind! He also was involved in an accident many years before CBS where a TV picture tube imploded on his head, causing a concussion. From that time on, he would doze off while talking to you and awaken 5-6 minutes later, carrying on the conversation just where he left off! 
If any of you have similar recollections, please forward them for publishing here!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

October Luncheon

Our current newsletter is now online.
You can access it from our Home Page.
Please find all information regarding our upcoming October 7th. Swan Club luncheon and the submission form, within.
If you will be attending, please send the form and your check to the included address as soon as you are able.
If you know of anyone else that might be interested in attending, please pass the information along!
Also, if you can carpool, or help another person to attend, please make arrangements!


There will be a total lunar eclipse that day, however, it will occur in the early afternoon, so it may not be visible!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We now have reservations for our luncheon on Tuesday, October 7th., 2014
at the Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, L.I. Our latest newsletter will be online shortly,
with more complete information.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sad News...

Bill Cote passed away on August 2nd. We will report any updates as we receive them.

The next mini-lunch date is Thursday, August 28th. at 12:30 P.M. which will be held at the Valbrook Diner in Valley Stream. The Valbrook is located at 160 East Merrick Road. You can take Merrick Road or Sunrise Highway to get there. Their phone number is 516-872-0465. If you are heading East on Merrick Rd, it will be on your right-hand side. If you pass Addison Place, the Two Guys auto shop, or the railroad trestle, you've gone too far! Heading West on Merrick Rd., when you see the railroad trestle, it will be coming up quickly on your left. There is metered parking in front and free parking in the lot behind the diner. If you are using Sunrise Highway heading East, make a left turn on Horton Ave and then another left on Merrick Rd. Heading West, turn right on Horton Ave., then left at the next traffic light, onto Merrick Rd. and continue, just past the trestle. All retirees and future retirees (and their spouses) are welcome to join us!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pete Albis

And now for some good news!

Pete Albis is getting re-married!
Both he and his bride-to-be have both lost their spouses.
They are both "Senior Citizens", but feel like teen-agers!
The simple ceremony will take place on August 8th.
Let us all wish Peter and Jean a happy life together!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jim Whittier

Thank you very much. Jim Whittier worked at WCBS-FM in NYC for nearly 15 years. After CBS-FM eliminated most of their technicians he moved over to the Broadcast Center joining the staff of "Search For Tomorrow", which I believe was aired on channel 4 but filmed at CBS. He retired around 1996 or 7 and I lost touch. I recently attended a WCBS Newsradio 88 reunion and somebody there told me he had passed away.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
John Landers
Brooklyn, New York

George Pataki

Hello Dave,

I just read in the August 2014 edition of QST magazine that George Pataki WB2AQC passed away.  He worked as a technician in Audio Maintenance and at the WCBS-TV transmitter.  I don't have any more information other than the listing in the QST Magazine "silent key" column.  George was an avid Ham Radio Operator who emigrated from Romania years ago and started work with CBS-TV.  He attained DXCC Honor Roll #1 after working all the countries of the World.

Bob Myers

As an aside, George worked with Steve Mendelsohn in radio, where they were known as "George of the Jungle" and "Super Chicken" from a, then current, TV cartoon show.

                     George of the Jungle Theme   Super Chicken Theme

                      To hear a theme, click on one of the links and then
                           click on "Open"  at the bottom of your page

Jim Whittier was a retired CBS tech and an old friend.  I heard recently that he passed away but I can find no mention on your website concerning his alleged passing. Can you please write back to me and let me know if Jimmy did in fact pass away.

Thank you,

John Landers
islandersb at

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Museum of Television Production Music

Hi Dave,
Great site! Could you possibly help us find Mike Constintine who was
the director of music for the network****
And Leo Guiliano who was a graphic artist he used to do a lot of the
campaigns there the only people that might remember who did the 1973 spots.

We also need your help in tracking down information regarding the ad agency
and jingle house that did these CBS promos in 1973. It is called CBS Is
Easy On The Eyes. CBS no longer has documents to reference that far back or
employees that were around in 1973.

We are also always on the lookout for CBS television music and video of any
kind. Would you mind asking your members if anyone saved this type of thing?

Thank you very much for the help.

I sincerely appreciate it.


Terry Wilkie
Museum of Television Production Music

TVPMM (tvmusicmuseum at