Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hi Dave,

It saddens me greatly to have read about the passing of Russ Gainor.   Russ was a special kind of friend. We did get to be involved is some high  jinx that was just good fun.  I don't know how many of you realize that Russ was a sound effects technician prior to working in the PC studios.  If you can locate this publication "RADIO SOUND EFFECTS: Who did it, and how, in the era of live broadcasting.    by Robert L Mott.  Go to pg 115 .  The article talks about Russ on the Ernie Kovacs Show and Captain Kangaroo Show also.
I found this when I did a Google search for  "who did sound effects on the Ernie Kovacs show when it aired on CBS"
 
Les Burkhardt

Here is the published obituary for Russ:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             GAINOR--Oscar, 90, known to his family and friends as "Russ," passed away peacefully on August 16, 2016 surrounded by his family. Russ shared a home with his loving wife of 22 years, Elaine, and leaves behind three sons, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was born in East New York, Brooklyn on May 1, 1926, but grew up in the Bronx. He graduated from James Monroe High School and New York University. Russ was a wounded Veteran of World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. He fought in the Battle of the Ardennes, serving General Patton's Third Army, 94th Division, 302nd Infantry. Russ retired from CBS Broadcasting after 40 years of service. He first worked as a sound effects man in radio and continued his work in TV, working on such shows as: the Ed Sullivan Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, The Jack Parr Show and more. Russ was full of joy and was always smiling. He loved to travel, play bridge, draw, garden and was a sports enthusiast. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and had a sense of humor that endured to the end. Funeral services were held at Gutterman's Funeral Home in Woodbury, NY on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Shiva will be held at his home on Friday, August 19th and Sunday, August 21st.

Dave