Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Harry Charles' daughter, Tracy, asks:

Can you ask for any stories about my Dad. I feel like that I lost a lot of his stories when he passed. The ones that he told me were so interesting and fun. Plus, it would be fun to know my Dad through his friends’ eyes.


Harry Peterson

Monday, February 02, 2015

Harry Charles Obit

Online Obituary:


Harry Noel Charles

 Born September 23, 1929, passed peacefully February 1, 2015 surrounded by his children, Noel and Tracy Charles.
Harry was a WWII Veteran who served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed primarily in Pearl Harbor/Hickam Field in Oahu, Hawaii, from 1946 -1953. After his military service, Harry had a long career in TV and radio broadcasting. He began with CBS in New York in July of 1953 during the Golden Age of Television. While at CBS, he helped broadcast many events in American history, such as the Apollo 11 Moon Landing; the first Super Bowl; the aborted Gemini 6 capsule recovery, and the Memphis Freedom Marches. He also helped bring classic television shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show and Captain Kangaroo to the air. He retired in 1992 as the Chief Engineer at KGUN-TV, Channel 9 in Tucson. Highly respected for his technical abilities, intelligence, humor, and sharp wit, he leaves his two children, grandchildren, Alex and Samantha, and close friends, Mike and Rusty to mourn his passing. Preceded in death by his brother Robert, and sister Marion, he's now joining them and many friends to lead the parties and limbo contests.
Noel and Tracy would like to extend special gratitude to the wonderful nurses Gaye and Teri from Family Hospice Care, as well as Maria, Josie and the staff at Infinity Assisted Living who lovingly cared for Dad during his final days.
A Memorial Service with military honors will be held:
Wednesday, February 4th
Angel Valley Funeral Home & Old Pueblo Crematory
2545 N Tucson Blvd

Super Bowl Ad Costs

Regarding Super Bowl advertisement costs for 2015:

$4.5 Million for the spot.
About another $4.5 million for the production costs.

I wonder what new medications could be developed for $9 million?

Harry Charles Passing

Message from Harry Charles's daughter, Tracy:

Dad passed peacefully yesterday morning at 9:42am. My brother and I were with him.
Please let the Retirees know.
Thank you.
Harry has now crossed that Rainbow Bridge and joined  the cadre of
CBS retirees that have pre-deceased him.

Friday, January 30, 2015

First Super Bowl Telecast

There were dual telecasts for the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 because CBS was the network of the National Football League and NBC was the network of the American Football League. Both networks used CBS' camera feed, but they used their own announcers. After that, the Super Bowl games were rotated among networks, a practice that continues today.

In 1995 the cost of a 30-second TV commercial during the Super Bowl leaped across the million-dollar line, from $900,000 in 1994 to $1,150,000. Ironically, that was the last Super Bowl the San Francisco 49ers played in. This year a 30-second spot is costing advertisers about $3.8 million — and that doesn’t count production costs and endorsement fees.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From Les Burkhardt:

Now that the latest  Super Bowl is upon us, I told friends about the preparation for the first SB. I think that the revenue for a 30 second spot was something like $25,000.  Worked our tails off on Saturday preparing the PC room for the next day.  Can't remember if it was PC 31 or 32 nor if a co-ord studio or remote feed was used, does anyone recall?  Both CBS and NBC telecast the game, second SB was telecast by CBS and different networks each year thereafter.  I think the fee for commercial at 30 seconds was $35,000.

Don't know the truth of this info..But here goes.
During the early days of TV,  stations were required to broadcast a certain amount of time to Public Service spots, however, the  product advertisers wanted  all of the commercial time available.  This left no time for the public service spots which led to the birth of the late show.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CBS Retirees Ramblings

CBS Retirees Ramblings

From the "good old days".



We really need an infusion of good news! PLEASE try and contact some of our more youthful members for some uplifting thought!
Our Humor column is in a sad state of updates, for instance.
Surely, we still have some members left, with a sense of humor???
How about reminiscing?
I know that there are untold stories, just waiting to be uploaded!
Let's go!!

Harry Charles

RE: Harry Charles

Harry is NOT in good shape and would appreciate any comments you would like to send.
His daughter, Tracy, will be watching here and will relay anything to/from Harry.
Here is an excerpt from her latest e-mail to us:
Dad is still with us, although we don’t know for how much longer. He’s very thin, and very weak and is completely bedridden. He’s been in the hospital and a skilled nursing home since he collapsed at home on November 23rd. He was diagnosed with Stage III colon and refused all treatment. Now, we are just doing our best to keep him comfortable. He’s been his usual humorous, feisty self, but  that has been fading over the last couple of weeks.
I am sure that anything you might send would be gratefully appreciated!
Tracy Charles
Doctoral Programs Coordinator | Graduate & Professional Programs
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
t: 213.740.0114213.740.0114 | f: 213.821.0851 | e: tcharles@usc.edu | w: http://viterbi.usc.edu/gapp

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

D'Onofrio Obit

Here is another obit for Charlie...

CBS Sports Legendary Tech D’Onofrio Dead at 92; Helped Define Golf Coverage
Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
Charles D’Onofrio, who began his career at CBS in 1949 and became one of the industry’s top technical managers during a career that spanned 39 years, passed away late last week at the age of 92. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle, NY, and a funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle. 
After serving in the military during World War II, D’Onofrio began his TV career with a short stint at WPIX in New York. In 1949, he was hired by CBS and he remained with the company for 39 years. During his tenure, he handled equipment and video maintenance, as well as camera, audio, and video operation. Among his diverse remote broadcast experiences, D’Onofrio’s sports resume includes 11 Super Bowls, 20 US Open Tennis tournaments, 39 Masters tournaments, and numerous Kentucky Derbys. He also worked on numerous iconic early television programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Captain Kangaroo, and The Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He won multiple Emmy awards and was inducted into the Broadcast Museum.
CBS Director of Golf Operations Steve Gorsuch says that D’Onofrio was able to get the most out of everyone during an era when the technical directors were also the crew leaders. “He was the finest person that I have ever known at CBS,” he says. “When we were the ‘young’ cameramen, he taught us how to work with people and perform at the highest level.”
Davey Finch, CBS Sports cameraman, started working with D’Onofrio in 1975 when he led the CBS golf technical crew under legendary producer Frank Chirkinian. “He was a true leader in every sense of the word and helped structure the original system that is now the present-day golf technical team at CBS Sports,” he explains. “With Charlie’s personality, he would welcome the neophytes — young guys like me — and build a crew that would walk on water for him. He always said, ‘Know your people’ — the women and men that would help set up and tear down the remote with energy and timeless spirit.”
Lance Barrow, CBS Sports coordinating producer, has created an annual award for the technical crew that honors D’Onofrio, as it is a Waterford crystal vase with the letter D on it. It is presented to the crew member that best exemplifies the best qualities of leadership, integrity, hard work, and overall excellence. It is still presented at the end of each season.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Larry Aurebach Obit
He passed on December 20th. If you survived the Larry Auerbach school of Soap Operas as a camera person, you were a great camera person!
Gayle P. De Poli

Charles J. D’Onofrio

Charles D’Onofrio, a former resident of New Rochelle and a longtime Armonk resident, passed away peacefully in his home on December 27, 2014. He was 92.
Charles was born on September 2, 1922 in New Rochelle to the late Matteo and Maria (Colombo) D’Onofrio. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII and was a Technical Director for CBS TV for over 40 years. He won multiple Emmys, awards and was inducted into the Broadcast Museum.
Beloved by all his family, he is survived by his wife Isabel of 66 years; his daughter Isa , his son James M.; his granddaughter Ariana and his sister Teresa. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved this kind and generous man.
Visiting will be Tuesday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association.

Courtesy of Gayle DePoli and Milt Jackson