Unhappy tidings. Tony Tobia's daughter called me yesterday, he is in a hospice facility in Saddle River, NJ. Went to see him today, he is loaded with tubes, dosed with morphine. Did not open his eyes the entire time I was there. Appears to have only days left.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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