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 aol.com

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 gmail.com)                                                    

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Did you know Steve Cunningham?
A CBS Hollywood guy.
I just heard he passed away and funeral will be June 28th.

Milt Jackson
If we get further information, I will post it here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Post Mini-Lunch

Although the turnout was small, we did have an enjoyable lunch and good conversations!
Those attending were David & Holly Minott, Irwin Solow & Joan and Tony & Flo Casola.
The diner was very accommodating with the joining of two long tables, since we were being optimistic in our estimate of attendees!
We will most likely have our next mini-luncheon sometime on a Tuesday or Thursday in July, most likely on the 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th or 31st . If you plan on attending and have previous commitments for any of these dates, please let us know so that we may schedule around those dates.


Financial Calculators

For those of us who must take an MRD (Minimum Required Distribution), or need the use of financial calculators, one of the best websites is www.dinkytown.net!
Another good website is www.retirementthink.com.


For those of us who must take an MRD (Minimum Required Distribution)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The next mini-lunch date is Tuesday, June 17th. at 1:00 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!


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Charles Bonnet

Sad but True!

There is no treatment of proven effectiveness for CBS. Some people experience CBS for anywhere from a few days up to many years, and these hallucinations can last only a few seconds or continue for most of the day. For those experiencing CBS, knowing that they are suffering from this syndrome and not a mental illness seems to be the best treatment so far, as it improves their ability to cope with the hallucinations. Most people with CBS meet their hallucinations with indifference, but they can still be disturbing because they may interfere with daily life. It seems that there are a few activities that can make the hallucinations stop although many people are not aware of these. Interrupting vision for a short time by closing the eyes or blinking is sometimes helpful.

This refers to a medical disorder called Charles Bonnet syndrome, hence, the "CBS".

Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about the syndrome:


Saturday, May 10, 2014

I just spoke with Walter Freedman's wife and she informed me that
Walter passed away on March 12 this year. He had been ill for a
short time with a liver disease. We had a nice talk and she spoke to
me about how he came out of the military, worked for the Signal Corps in New Jersey
and after 11 months was hired by Bob Salmon as a technician for CBS in 1950.
Walter worked on the Sullivan show among others. He spent many years in the PC rooms.
She also told me to keep the e-mails coming, she enjoys them very much.
He leaves behind a son daughter and grandchildren.