Thursday, May 23, 2002

Just received the following from Bob Vernum: ----------------------- [Ted Perzeszty]

After reading frank novaks piece on cbsw and my great friend Joe Tier I was inspired to relate a few intertesting events that took place in my life during my tenure with CBS, all of which occured in DC.
.When JFK was assasinated I was so moved that I decided to drive to DC with my oldest daughter Carolyn, it was the second sunday following the event,after waiting in line we came to the grave with the eternal light,said a brief prayer then proceded on our way home to NY.
On our way i stopped to pay a toll in maryland--saw a bright light followed by an explosion-it was an aircraft that blew up in mid air!----she slept through the event.
The next experience was staying at a Howard Johnsons hotel during the civil rights march(my first remote) I noticed construction going on out the window, I asked what it was-the front desk said it was a building called--he thought WATERGATE??
Several years later on a vacation we stopped at the washington monument late in the day, the ride up was uneventful but the ride down was different, a woman became ill and fell to the floor, the operator asked me to hold the control to descend which I did! That is my claim to fame!
Not to minimize Franks rememberances of Joe and CBSW but I thought I would enter my nominations for the CBS technical hall of fame. Please offer your contributions to this list, these are the ones that come to my mind.
DAN ACKER
FRANK FLORIO
JOE GEIGER
STAN MITCHELL
JIM PATTERSON
JOE TIER
BOB HANFORD

I am sure I have left many out who deserve mention but the above names were my mentors,my heroes. Bob Vernum