Thursday, May 30, 2002
Wednesday, May 29, 2002
73, Bob Paine KA3ZCI
Just a reminder that next Wednesday, June 5th, 2002 is the day we are having our 12 o'clock noon lunch get-together at the East Bay Diner, 2405 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY.
Looking forward in seeing you.
P.S. Wives and/or girlfriends are invited!
I only listed those CBS people of which I was aware.
The sun beamed down warmly, making those in attendance retreat to the shade of the trees. The podium played host to the proud speakers. The welcome to all, by the Faithful Navigator, Art Nolan, signaled the posting of the colors, by the K of C. Color Corps, under the direction of Sir Knight Carroll Kelley.
MSG Wyonne Sitgraves, USAF, sang the national anthem, as she emotionally portrayed the Star Spangled Banner.
All the guests participated in the pledge of allegiance led by LTC. Thomas J. Degnon, US Army, and Tommy Degnon,
Cub Scout Pack 259.
Stepping to the podium Fr. Joseph Majewski prayed the invocation.
Administrator of the Virginia War Museum, John Quarstein, chronicled the history of submarines for us, and adding to that history was Force Master Chief, Donald R. Kultti, MMCM (SS), of the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force.
And the central theme of their history is "when ever a boat, sets sail, there is always a degree of eminent danger that these warriors accept." The solemnity of that history settled into everyone's mind.
The reading of the crew names accompanied by the tolling of the ship's bell, by Ron Gorman and Jim Healy, made for a very solemn moment, as all present stood at attention in honor of these gallant souls. Each name was revered, as the ship bell intoned that these souls repose in peace, at the bottom of the sea.
Taps as always when played brings tears to the eyes of women readily, and to men they cry in the center of their souls. This version was played for us by Tony Merendino, as he chose a double playing of taps, in counterpoint. It was beautiful, and soulful.
One of the high points of the ceremony was the singing and guitar playing of a poem set to music by a former 30-year submariner, Tom Ponko. The most poignant line from this poem, which was sung, is "10,000 feet down, the men go to the arms of the Lord." On that note the minds and souls of the guests were imbued with a patriotic fervor and love for this great country.
This day is always a solemn one for anyone that served or had a loved one that played a part in the drama of terror that pervaded all of man's inhumanity of man.
Monday, May 27, 2002
Many of you have asked about Fred Schutz's condition.
Fred has an illness known as "Multiple Myeloma."
First a brief medical explanation:
Multiple Myeloma is a malignancy of the plasma cells, which help populate the bone marrow, the body's factory for blood. Plasma cells are part of the immune system and patients lose their ability to fight infections. Because the cancer emanates in the bone marrow, the bones themselves are attacked by the cancer. Fractures are common because the disease causes bone lesions. That destruction can in turn lead to calcium being leached into the blood, an imbalance that can cause kidney failure.
About 6 months ago, Fred started having pains in his leg. This was diagnosed as hernia pain. He was scheduled to have hernia surgery, but after blood tests were analyzed, the tests showed kidney failure. Both kidneys had shut down. The hernia surgery was cancelled and he was immediately put on dialysis. They later determined that the cause was "Multiple Myeloma". He was given chemo to fight the cancer. Last week his right hip joint and right femur had to be replaced. The bones had disintegrated from the disease. He is now facing a few weeks in a physical therapy clinic. He has to have dialysis every other day, so they will have to find a facility that has the equipment for dialysis and physical therapy, a very difficult place to find. Considering all that Fred has gone through so far just shows what a fighter he is.
I will try to keep you updated as to his progress in the coming weeks. We also ask for your prayers.
Subj: Memorial day
Date: 5/27/02 8:12:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time
To: Retired CBSers
On this very sacred day I try to recall events that have escaped me in the past, Eddie Ambrosini being the only survivor of his B-24 on the Polesti raids, the two broadcast center stagehands-loading dockmen who were congressional medal of honor winners who regretabaly I never really got to know.
It takes me back to my service in the AF which I fortunately never had to serve overseas, although I served twice I feel I made some small contribution-much less than close friends, who gave it all in korea.
Just a simple thank you to all of those guys and gals who have made our lives safer by making the ultimate sacrifice
May they all rest in peace,
We want everyone to get out and do their duty on this memorial day weekend.
Since the Taliban cannot stand nudity and consider it a sin to see a naked woman that is not their wife, this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. Eastern time, all North American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists.
Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort.
All men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their house to prove they think it's okay to see other women nude.
And since the Taliban also does not approve of alcohol, a cold six-pack at your side is further proof of your anti-Taliban sentiment.
The United States of America appreciates your efforts to root out terrorists and applauds your participation.
Come on guys, get out there and support the gals as they root out the terrorists hiding in YOUR neighborhood!!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Pierce Evans (Battle of the Bulge)
Tom Delila, Guadalcanal
Major Jesse Rineer
Colonel Dom Corrado
Capt. Dave Paine, fighter Pilot WW2
Lt. Jim Rose, Vietnam
Bernie Sweeney, 2nd Cav Vietnam
Vernon Surphlis, China Burma WW2
Vincent Bartilucci, Radio Op, B17 Memphis Belle Squadron. Dsc/Air Medal/Bronze Star.... Over 30 missions over Germany
Phil Polanski, WW2 Silver Star
Neil McCaffery VN
Al Kozak Navy
Jim McCarthy, WW2
Al Fabricatore, WW2
John Lincoln, WW2
Chico Claudio, WW2
Lt. Col. Sig Meyers
George Naeder, Battleship New Jersey, WW2
Capt. Herman Lang, Gen. Patton's 3rd Army
Mike DeIeso, WW2, Philippines
Capt. Frank Florio, Bombardier, Pacific
John Baranello, WW2
Rich Brender, Vietnam
Capt. Harry Haigood, WW2
Vinnie Castrataro, Korea
Bill Naeder, 2nd.Inf. Div., Korea (14 months)
These are the names that come to mind readily. If I knew about your service and did not print your name, forgive me these senior lapses.
I did these from memory. The point being this is a time of the year when we remember the sacrifices that the young men of our country make on our behalf.
The solider that walks a lonely post, or a sailor on a ship under way, as he stands watch with the wind and rain in his face. Or a clerk in the military that has the duty of the day, and vows that this country will not fail because of him. To all of you in our CBS family that served this country, whether in combat or peacetime duty, the country thanks you, and your reward is the greatest that this country can give to each of you, the title...
Tony Cucurullo, WW2. Korea, UDT-4
by Americans to preserve our freedom.
How many Americans died in all wars and how many were wounded (non-mortal)?`
From The Revolution up to the incident with the USS Cole, over
1,200,000 Americans have been lost defending our freedom. Over
1,550,000 Americans have been wounded.
Let us remember them all on Memorial Day, including those lost over
the last year.
Sunday, May 26, 2002
John T. West Jr.
The other day, I happened by chance,
As I passed a mirror, to give it a glance.
And I wondered who that old man could be,
Who, with his mouth wide open, was looking at me.
His bald head was sprinkled with a little gray fuzz,
And he wasn't at all handsome (like I always was).
He looked like a sack of MIS-mated parts,
Put together without the aid of instructions or charts.
And while I know that my shoulders don't slump,
This person's were misshapen in one ugly lump.
Now, if that was my image, I only can say,
They don't make mirrors like they did in my day.
Saturday, May 25, 2002
Only once before (about Doris Reardon) have I asked that we pray for someone in our CBS Family.
This time I am asking for that prayer for the one person that has been the driving force of the CBS Retirees Association.
Fred, is not the originator of the group. The men that started all this goes back to those giants of the Radio days.
Fred, just took over the roll as director, and with the able assistance of his wife Agnes, turned this very acceptable idea into the friendly atmosphere of ones own living room.
The luncheons evolved and with the participation of all the retirees that were let out of the company in the '80s on, the camaraderie, and fun was because this man commands so much respect, he engenders these attributes to us all.
Now in this his, and Agnes' time, for the enjoyment of the Golden years, he has run into the test of wills to endure his medical problems.
Ted Perzeszty, has spoken to him this past week, and he will write to explain the events that have occurred up to this point in time.
I know that some of you don't have any formal religion, but, I am quite sure that,"no matter," your preferences, you too make some informal prayer for your needs. Fred, deserves your good wishes for a recovery.
He is our titular leader. His demeanor is that of a curmudgeon. He loves this group, and the luncheons are an extension of that love. He and Agnes, and Tony Casola, work very hard toward that end.
I ask of you, Please,....... take a moment,........... and pray that he has surcease from this tormenting pain that he is in at this time.
I am quite certain that would be all he would ask for now. I would also include, pray that he recover so that all the good works of his life can be finalized in a pleasant and peaceful time for him to enjoy.
How can you not like this man in a special way?
Please pray for him.
The large group photo was taken at the Landmark Tavern during a retirement dinner for Frank Florio. The shot of Don McGraw, Frank Florio, Norman Ferro, and Bruce Cohan, was taken a few years later when Norm retired.
Just a little note to say I haven't forgotten 20 great years in New York before I transferred to the West Coast. Many thanks to Walter Freedman who was my first tutor in Videotape and to Danny Stevens who allowed me to assist with the Ed Sullivan Show. Although I've been away from CBS since 1991, I have many fond memories from New York including Bill Lacey's Film Department at WCBS-TV, Broadcast Control under Hal Meier, Ira Schackman and Dean Moore, the PC Rooms where Les Burkhardt saved our necks so many times when our computer decided to go off on its own and finally, Videotape under Bob Ruggiero, where I met some of the greats who have since passed away, like George Hartman and Hank Wolf. Been away a long time, but I do remember a lot of good times. I'm taking the liberty of attaching a couple of photos. One is with Danny Stevens when he was training me back around 1970. The other is a recent photo of myself taken about 3 years ago. (Older picture, but more flattering).
Warmest best wishes to you all,
Thursday, May 23, 2002
The night of January 16, 1938, the place Carnegie Hall. A CBS technician, realized that musical history was in the making, and he placed a single overhead microphone, and then sent the signal back to the CBS Radio Studios.
What happened is that the now immortalized concert of Benny Goodman, featuring, Harry James on trumpet, Gene Krupa, on the drums, Count Basie on the piano, and it seems that everyone that played there that night has become a Hall of Fame musician in their own right.
The song that has become the signature song of the night, Sing Sing Sing, was written by Louis Prima.
It never occurred to anyone else to record this event. But, Charlie Grenier did, and that music has been rerecorded with all sorts of filters to clean up the and balance the performances.
This album is now in the Library of Congress. I doubt if Charlie has his name entered as the recording engineer. I have heard him say he did indeed place that mic on the stage. and others have verified that fact.
So, we do have an effort by a CBS technician in the hall of fame.
Charlie has since passed on to where ever Technical Directors go. We can be sure though that he is placing microphones at or near the harps.
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.
I am sure I have left many out who deserve mention but the above names were my mentors,my heroes. Bob Vernum
Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Joe was the eternal maintenance man, but because he "was in management" he could only instruct techs with solutions to problems. As a result, when he came into the Central Control area, he was ordered to spread his legs and put his hands on the wall. He then was patted down for screw drivers.
Joe fretted on remotes until the shoot was over. Prior to a football game, or any Washington based coverage, there was always a way to get to him. After lining up cameras and checking in, I would stand at the door of the mobile unit with a frown, and shake my head. Joe would go pale and ask me what was wrong. I Told him, "EVERYTHING'S GOING TOO WELL, JOE." He would gasp, " don't say that, don't say that", and proceed to worry until we were off the air.
All the top sports production crew came down for the first Giants-Redskins game, including the president of CBS sports. We were going to be judged by NY standards. Everyone was smiling after the game, including the president of sports. We had done it! CBS-W was PROFESSIONAL! But the biggest smile that day belonged to Joe. He was so damned proud of us. I miss you, Joe, and the people like you at CBS. OH WHAT A RIDE WE HAD!
Sunday, May 19, 2002
Sid had enough of that crap, and he took off for Las Vegas. We had heard, somehow, that he was sick out there. My wife Paula and I rented a car and drove out to Vegas (a six-hour drive through the desert). We found Sid, comfortably playing blackjack at one of the tables. We agreed to meet later to have din-din. I went to the horse parlor to play, and at one point in time, Sid came by just as my horse race started. I told him I just played an 80 to 1, long shot, and I included it in a triple. That is picking two other horses to finish, as I picked them. Well indeed it came in, and I went to the window to collect, with Sid at my side. We looked up at the TV screen and saw the results showing that I had just won $15000, that's right, fifteen thousand dollars.
I handed the clerk the ticket, and he in turn shoves $500 at me. I said, "hold it guy, I just hit the tri." "That's right, and I paid you the limit, 500 to one." I didn't know the casino rules at that time. There was a limit.
Sid looks into my teary eyes, and as the warm person that he is, he said, "Get away from me you jinx, and that's why you are going to lose the negotiations too, you are a born loser."
How sweet this gentleman is. That's why we love him!
Saturday, May 18, 2002
I just read your latest about returning to Ole Virginny, Where abouts are you? My first Broadcast job was in Culpepper. At WCVA 250 watts and all the farm news you could stand. Keep up the interesting stories, I enjoy them. Here's a sunset I took recently in front of the house. Regards
This one was at the Democratic Presidential convention in Chicago where Hubert Humphrey was the nominee and all the terrible rioting was taking place. This was the start of the new Flash unit, which was a small truck looking like a tank, with about 3 cameras and all the other equipment. Al Thaler was the Producer/Director (Al was a character but the right guy for this type of remote, where guts and fancy talking were needed) and the crew was named "Thaler's Raiders". I was back in the stockyards where the convention was taking place, and in charge of remote control that all remotes came into, and then were sent to the main control room for Bob Wussler to handle.
For those of you who can remember, it was also the time of a crippling telephone strike, and all we had was radio communication, no telephones. Over the speaker came the voice of Thaler. "Sid, Sid tear gas is flying from the cops trying to stop the rioting, and I have ten guys and only 5 gas masks, what should I do?" I thought for a moment, and said, "give them to the Jewish Technicians."
I have a date for the next 12 noon lunch get-together for June 5th, 2002 at 12 O'clock noon at the East Bay Diner, 2405 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. Same Diner as last time. Anyone interested please let me know.
Friday, May 17, 2002
The trips up north, for my wife and I, are becoming tiresome. But then, who told us to move to Virginia? We are nothing but misplaced Brooklyn, NYC gutter rats, of sorts.
We left the North with our 401K ensconced in our pockets, and in the trunk of our car was a case of 5U4's and of course 1B3's. We dreamily thought these might be the icons that would bring us wealth. But, like all stolen goods, the greed exceeded the expectations. My meteoric rise at CBS was the talk of the town. How did I achieve this notoriety? Guile and a prune Danish, I imagine? I did mesmerize Bob Hammer into thinking that my Jewish aunt, by marriage, had transported her genetic makeup into overriding my Italian macho image, thereby making me a goomba-goyim. That is how I became Kevin Slattery's 2nd assistant in the crib. Who was first, you ask... everyone else!
I thoroughly enjoyed working in the crib. We had the best boss in Greg O'Connor. He left everything to Kevin and me. We turned chaos into calamity. Our prime concern was being first on the line in Studio 41, home of "The World Turns", for our prune Danish and free coffee. If we weren't first, the Telecine crew would have wiped out the entire melange of cakes. The Studio crew very seldom managed to get any goodies. We made it up to them at Christmas time. You see, everyone needed batteries for the hearing aids for their grandmothers. Some guys had grandmothers that could light up The Bronx with all the batteries they needed. As I muse further down the dark corridors of my mind, I remember Mary Durante, coming to the rehearsal room next door to the crib. As she practiced her Flamenco dancing, her whirling skirts and dancer's tights were what must have been the idea for the need for Coumadin to slow down the heart rates of the gallery of admirers. She was indeed a pretty lady, and lots of fun for everyone. I must say, the maintenance men of CBS deserved a better design for their work coats. After all, these men were a special breed. They actually feel that they knew what all those little atoms were doing down in the bowels of the equipment. But the gray coats they wear look like they were students of a Mortuary school, and when some of them were hung over from a deleterious weekend, it looked as if they drank to much embalming fluid.
Well, they were never known for the sartorial splendor generally reserved for the operations people. They preferred to be looked on as scientists. They could do the Times crossword puzzle in ink, but never could get the time cards right. Down on the street level, were the construction geniuses. They could build anything that man could conjure. Except Ben Taussig. He was on loan from the George Lukas Studios. He was the original choice for Darth Vader. On the screen test, Lucas got frightened, and sold his contract to CBS. They recommended they keep him in leg chains. Ben turned out to be one of the union's best-kept secrets. He truly is a nice man. I don't think he ever kicked a kid, or a baby.
Well, I guess I have mused enough for tonight. I will take my milk and Num nums, and put on my silk negligee, and sleep with teddy tonight. The bear, (the lady Pauline), wants the bed to herself tonight. Oh well, I have my dreams of CBS and all the machinations that took place, for me to recall. It is like those Betty Boop books that we had as kids, if you flipped the pages very fast, you would see action. Do that to the schedule book at CBS, and you can see who got screwed that week also!
Pleasant dreams, Harold Deppe, don't let the scorpions bite you.
Right! Bob Dailey on the battleship North Carolina. It was you, Sam Levin, and me who went to the ship with Marlo Lewis (the wonderful balloon story). The other one on the Ed Sullivan show was on the carrier Antietam that was at anchor in the middle of the Hudson River. It was on a hot Sunday in July, and we rehearsed all day. The show was opening with Ed Sullivan arriving in a Helicopter from Mitchell Field, in Long Island, and we rehearsed all the acts with Ray Bloch and his big orchestra, who were on the deck of the ship. The show opened with Ed landing on the carrier deck and behold, the blade wash of the chopper landing, blew all the music from the bandstands into the middle of the Hudson river, and the band had to wing it for the whole hour show.
One I can never forget was on "Person to Person". They were doing Emily Kimbrogh (spelling not sure) from a town house on the East Side of Manhattan. We had two porters that always were with us to move the furniture and take the doors off so the cameras could get through etc. We were warned as soon as we arrived to be extra careful of the huge crystal chandelier in the dining room - that it was priceless. Sure enough, the porters removed a door, and carrying it on each side, walked right through the crystal chandelier. Glass all over the place.
Also, on "Person to Person" remotes, we used the earliest version of wireless mikes, the Budelman. They had a mammoth backpack that we had to put under the women's skirts. Once on, they weren't turned off, and some of the things we heard, unbeknownst to the individual, were hilarious. I think it was Bob Oswald who was the Budelman technician, and he had to change the batteries for the air show and spent a lot of time under skirts. There were many more of these happenings during the live TV days, long before videotape.
True stories, and there are many more in the wings...Lets hear them!
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Forwarded by Tony Cucurullo
I was very glad to get this email from a friend, because I have been guilty of heating water in a microwave many times. You'll be glad you read it. I also suggest passing it along to friends and family. About five days ago, my 26-year-old son decided to have a cup of instant coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for but he told me he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup he noted that the water was not boiling. Then instantly the water in the cup "blew up" in his face.
The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand but all the water had flown out into his face due to the buildup of energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face, which may leave scarring. He may also have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something such as a wooden stir stick or a tea bag should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy. Here is what our science teacher has to say on the matter:
"Thanks for the microwave warning. I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a phenomenon known as super-heating. It can occur any time water is heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the water is heated in is new. What happens is that the water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat that has built up, the liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well past its boiling point. What then usually happens is that the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews when opened after having been shaken. Please pass this on to everyone you know, it could save a lot of pain and suffering.
Just read Sid's piece on the Sullivan show, and it brings to mind when we did a remote on the battleship North Carolina. It was docked at Pier 57 on the Hudson. I was the TD at the time and Marlo Lewis and I went aboard to meet with the Captain and the Gunnery Officer. Marlo's opening remark was "When we come on the air, Ed would like you to fire off the 16 inch guns." The two officers looked at each other with open mouths and said, "we can't do that, we are in port!" Marlo thought for a minute, and then said, "OK, fill them with balloons!" I thought the Gunnery Officer would throw up! During rehearsal, we were using a wireless mike and we were getting interference. I forget who was doing audio at the time (it might have been Sid.) At any rate, we kept asking the Navy to shut down some of their equipment to stop all the interference. The result was that they turned on most everything, including the bilge pumps! At 6 o'clock, Monday morning, the destroyers came into the harbor, and pulled the North Carolina off the mud and into midstream. True story!
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
CARMEL - Putnam Hospital President Mike Weber remembered Harry Murray as a
"giant of a man" whose 15,000 hours of volunteer community service to the hospital served as an "incredible resource."
Mr. Murray, 98, died Sunday morning at the hospital that he loved and served for 28 years with his wife, Ruth at his side.
Mr. Weber said, "Harry's enthusiasm and energy were an example for us all. He was one in a million and he'll be missed."
One of Mr. Murray's admirers at the hospital, fellow volunteer Vincent Roberto Sr. of Mahopac, himself a spry 81, said "Harry served as an inspiration
to all of us. Harry was a volunteer's volunteer and we will miss him."
Mr. Murray moved to Carmel in 1972 and was determined to do something for his community. '
During an interview on the occasion of his 97th birthday, June 27, 2000, Mr. Murray recalled how his neighbor, Ambrose LaVigne, the former president of the hospital, advised that he was looking for dedicated volunteers. I took Amby up on the offer and I've been there ever since."
Up until the end, Ruth Murray recalled that her husband was incredibly active and well spoken. During the interview, Mr. Murray was asked what he credited his longevity to. His reply: I have no idea. My father died when he was 60 and my mother didn't live past her 38th birthday. Of my seven brothers and sisters, only my baby sister, Agnes McClory, is alive."
Ruth and Harry Murray were married for 20 years. Mr. Murray's first wife passed away a few years before he married Ruth. Mr. Murray has a 63-year-old daughter from his first marriage, Cathryn Donohoe, who is an editor for the Washington Times.
In his younger days, Mr. Murray served in silent motion pictures. He became a stock contract player and doubled for the great star of the day, John Gilbert,
who acted alongside Greta Garbo in many 1920s era films. In 1950, Mr. Murray joined CBS in New York City as a studio manager. Within a year, he was elevated to managing all of the New York studios for the network.
Mr. Murray remained with CBS until 1968 when he retired.
Ruth Murray credited her husband's long life to a "positive attitude. Harry kept very active 'til the end. He walked faster than I did and he refused to sit
on the porch and rock. I never knew a man who at the age of almost 99 did his crossword puzzles in ink."
A funeral service was held yesterday (Wednesday) at the Adams-Cordovano Funeral
Home in Carmel.
Even in death, Mr. Murray will continue to benefit the hospital he loved and served for. His family has requested all contributions in Mr. Murray's memory
be made to the Putnam Hospital Center Foundation.
Mr. Weber said, "What an appropriate thing to do. Harry was Putnam Hospital Center. We love him, and we will miss him. He was a marvelous man and a
gentleman in the truest sense of the word."
A true and humorous incident from the old Ed Sullivan days when I was an audio engineer at studio 50 in the mid 50's. During the dress rehearsal on Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in the old radio booth on stage left, and Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney (the ventriloquist act ala Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy) were "conversing". As I was listening, I looked up and saw the boom swishing back and forth quickly between Winchell and the Dummy. I couldn't believe it, and I got on boom talk and said "hey shmuck, the dummy can't talk". The Kicker to this is that this man (and I won't give his name to save him from embarassment) later became an executive at CBS Operations --which figures.
I am sure there are many more true, and interesting things that have happened in our early days of TV. I know there were many intersting things that happened on Person to Person remotes. How about our retirees relating more of these true and humorous incidents?
Monday, May 13, 2002
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Saturday, May 11, 2002
Just opened this email from Al DeQuinzio.
I just read in the paper that our old friend from Video Tape Maintenance,
Lou Macsek, passed away Thursday night, May 9th, at home. The following
is the obit from the paper.
"Louis Macsek, 80, of Huguenot, a retired supervisor at CBS, died Thursday at home. Born in Detroit, he moved to Manhattan when he was 25 years old. He settled in Huguenot in 1967. Mr. Macsek worked for 40 years as a supervisor of technicians for the Columbia Broadcasting System in Manhattan. He retired in 1983. He served in the army for 4 years during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific Theater of Operations. Mr. Macsek enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, reading mystery novels and taking walks. The Funeral service will be Monday at 11AM in the John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Eltingville. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp."
Visitation: Saturday May 11, 2002
7 - 10 PM
Scalia Funeral Home
28 Eltingville Blvd.
Staten Island, NY
Wednesday, May 08, 2002
A new, four year contract has been ratified by the NBC membership.
On the first vote 10 of the 11 units voted for ratification One unit:
Contract C, Washington Staging Services, was a 2-2 tie.
A re-vote was made on May 1 of the C contract which passed,
completing ratification of all 11 units.
Below is a copy Bulletin #7, with more details, It was issued on April
19th prior to ratification of Washington Contract C.
April 19, 2002
Ten of eleven units of NABET-CWA-represented members have ratified
a new four-year Master Agreement with NBC. This includes
Engineering which comprises the largest number of employees at the
The Engineering contract in that Agreement was approved by a 60%
vote of 658 to 445. Local 11, New York voted 261 to 231 in favor; Local
41, Chicago, 82 to 18 for acceptance as did Local 53, Burbank, CA, by
a 245 to 74 vote. Only Local 31, Washington, D.C., voted 122 to 70 for
The new Agreement provides for 3% wage increases in each of the
four years, with the first raise being retroactive to April 1.
One unit that did not ratify, cast an inconclusive 2 to 2 vote. It was the
C Staging Services Agreement in Washington. It now will be re-voted
The new Master Agreement is the result of a series of limited issue, off-
the- record negotiations that originally began in August of last year.
NABET-CWA Negotiating Committee
Forwarded by Lee Levy
Tuesday, May 07, 2002
owned and operated television and radio stations, (FM and AM), Columbia Records, and our CBS Washington facility as well as the TV and Radio
Networks. As I recall, WJSV in Washington, which was founded by J. S.Vance, and originated CBS Washington news feeds, had an IBEW contract
for it's engineers, which continued when It was bought out by a newspaper and changed it's call letters to WTOP. Then CBS built it's own news
facility (2020 M Street) and some of the engineers joined our staff, and came under our CBS contract. ( My biggest joy would be when I would be
assigned there for special occasions, such as inaugurals and the Pope's visit).
I started with CBS in 1944, assigned to the Short Wave division, first in studios, and then in Short Wave Master control. In 1945 I transferred to
Hollywood (KNX). In 1946, during a layoff, I built KCMJ, an affiliate, in Palm Springs. Then back to KNX to be immediately sent to Santa Catalina
Island to broadcast a dance band remote from the famous Casino at Avalon for three and a half months.
In 1951 the "smog" got too much for me as I had young children by that time, so I arranged a transfer back to CBS New York. I spent that summer
doing vacation relief on daytime shows, meaning that for the first time in my broadcasting career, I was working days with weekends off. However,
in the fall, I was told that I would be doing name shows and working weekends. The good part was that I would now be making big money, and I
was able to buy a nice home in Wesrchester County.
Then, my friend, Tommy Thompson requested my transfer to television. My old buddy from short wave days,Charlie Giriat, was in charge.
Although I did well, I always missed the glamour days of radio!
Monday, May 06, 2002
What was the first audible trademark?
The NBC chimes became the first audible service mark in 1950 when NBC
filed with the U.S. Patent office.
The following is from the Patent Office register:
Serial Number : 72-349496
Type of Mark: SERVICE MARK
Mark Drawing Code: (6) NO DRAWING
Description of Mark: THE MARK COMPRISES A SEQUENCE OF CHIME-LIKE
MUSICAL NOTES WHICH ARE IN THE KEY OF C AND SOUNDED THE NOTES
G, E, C, THE "G" BEING THE ONE JUST BELOW MIDDLE C, THE "E" THE ONE
JUST ABOVE MIDDLE C, AND THE "C" BEING MIDDLE C, THEREBY TO IDENTIFY
APPLICANT'S BROADCAST SERVICE.
Owner Name: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC., THE
Owner Address: 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA NEW YORK NEW YORK
10112 CORPORATION DELAWARE 9
Some other NBC chime trivia . . .
Some say that the musical notes G E C stood for General Electric
Corp. which owned a part of RCA and NBC back during the inception of
the tones. There are actually 4 different stories on how the tones
began, so it is difficult to say with certainty that the General
Electric story is the correct answer. The source below lists the
4 different stories with an exhaustive research on the tones.
At one time there was a fourth tone. It was used to page certain key
executives back to network headquarters for serious events. It was
also used during WWII for major news events, such a Pearl Harbor,
in order to cue the affiliates.
NBC discontinued the use of the chimes in 1971.
[When GE bought RCA (and NBC) a few years ago they actually bought
back RCA (and NBC)!]
I have a newspaper article of Harry Murray, former CBS employee that I would like to post and publish to the web page. I promised his wife Ruth I would mention him to the members. I'm having trouble in making a copy of the text and foto. Can I sent an attachment in a e-mail to you?
Sunday, May 05, 2002
Originated the Campbell's Soup commercial line "Mmm, mmm good."
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Del Sharbutt, an announcer who became one of the most familiar voices in radio and television, died on Friday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 90.
His deep resonant voice was first heard on radio in Chicago in 1933. He joined CBS a year later and moved to New York.
He was heard on radio and early television shows starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Robert Benchley and the Dorsey brothers, and on "Your Hit Parade." He was later a newscaster for the Mutual Radio Network.
As a spokesman for Campbell's soups, Mr. Sharbutt originated the commercial line "Mmm, mmm good."
Mr. Sharbutt was also a musician, and wrote the theme for the Bob Cummings television show in the 1950's.
After his retirement, in 1976, Mr. Sharbutt was a cofounder of an alcohol and drug education program at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.
His wife, the former Mary C. Balsley, who sang with the Gus Arnheim big band as Meri Bell, died in 1990. Their older son, Jay, died in 1992.
Mr. Sharbutt is survived by a son, Bill; a daughter, M. D. Ridge; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Gayle De Poli via Tony Cucurullo
Friday, May 03, 2002
On a mountaintop high above a large city stands the headquarters of a man devoted to the cause of freedom and justice, a war hero who has never stopped fighting against his country’s enemies, a private citizen who is dedicating his life to the struggle against evil men everywhere – Captain Midnight!”
Captain Midnight, whose real name was Captain Jim Albright, was a WWII veteran turned leader of the Secret Squadron during the Cold War days of the 1950’s. Midnight fought crime with his dim-witted co-pilot Ichabod “Icky” Mudd, and together the two were given advanced scientific knowledge to aid them in their do-gooder efforts by eccentric scientist Aristotle “Tut” Jones. Subscribing to the motto, “Justice through strength and courage,” Midnight flew his jet out of a secret base to fight the various nasties of the day.
Captain Midnight originated as a radio show in the 1940's, sponsored by Ovaltine. The sponsor carried over when the show moved to television, and the Captain pitched the chocolatey drink with a promotional tie-in. Kids who sent in Ovaltine proofs of purchase gained membership in the Secret Squadron and a decoder badge, with which they deciphered secret messages from the Captain.
Although Screen Gems produced the show, Ovaltine owned the name Captain Midnight, which made for an odd syndication deal. Screen Gems sold the show to non-network stations under a different name, Jet Jackson, Flying Commando, and all references to Captain Midnight were crudely dubbed.
9/4/54 - 4/28/56 CBS
One of the first Saturday morning shows to grace the television screen was also one of the most creative. The delightful Mr. I. Magination starred Paul Tripp, author of the children's book Tubby the Tuba. Each week, Tripp would dress in his trademark engineer’s overalls and take the audience on a virtual train ride.
Special effects hardly existed in the 50's, but Mr. I. Magination didn't need any. As the magical locomotive toured around Ambitionville, Inventorsville, Sea-Port-City, and "I Wish I Were" Town, Tripp and his actors each played several characters per show, thereby helping to create convincing imaginary scenarios.
Despite the show's immense popularity, CBS cancelled Mr. Tripp’s ticket and told everyone to disembark after one year. Angered by this move, children and parents protested until the network brought the show back.
Its return was hailed by CBS with this New York Times ad:
“Returning today by popular demand! Mr. I. Magination…because it’s like no other program in the world…because it’s full of charm and humor and fantasy…because watching it is always a truly delightful experience…children of all ages have demanded the return of Mr. I. Magination. So Paul Tripp is back…conducting tours through space and time, fiction and history…turning young friends into their favorite heroes.”
Though Mr. I. Magination finally came to a permanant halt in 1952, its emphasis on imagination set the standard for many children's television shows to come.
Dave Saviet began his career in broadcasting at WRKL, a 1KW daytimer in Mt. Ivy, New York, in the mid '70's.
Since 1978, Dave's been busy as a technician for the CBS Network in New York City. He says he's been fortunate to have worked with the best in the business, like Charles Osgood, Charles Kuralt, Doug Edwards, Dan Rather and many others. He engineered Walter Cronkite's 20th Century for a number of years and worked with Dan Ingram and Cousin Bruce Morrow, to name a few.
The full article can be found at: http://www.mvcc.edu/women/lv-meteoro.html
Not everybody who has been in the meteorology profession has been ... well ... qualified--or even interested in the weather. You see, weather has been a controversial subject of sorts over the years, with the most ludicrous topic being that of the so-called "weather girls". When I think of this term, I think of the women who gave the weather back in the 1950's. I guess that the television industry back then thought that weather forecasting was a pretty dorky and boring aspect of the newscast and they wanted to spice it up a little bit. So with a real (male) meteorologist behind the camera, women "scrawled weather maps on Plexiglas, donned hats to match the forecast, or rose yawning from bed in skimpy lingerie to deliver the late night forecast" (Laskin 176). Laskin goes on to note that "Nobody gave a hoot what the weathercaster said, so long as she had nice legs. The weather report was a place where you could stick in a pretty face ...and a nice body didn't hurt either" (Laskin 179-180).
Carol Reed was the so-called leader of the weather girl pack. Her performances on New York's WCBS quickly led to an avalanche of other weather girls. Laskin also writes that "Tedi Thurman, whom TV Guide dubbed 'weather girl supreme' turned her regular weather spot ... into something of a striptease. Forecasting from behind a shower curtain, she poured on the sexual innuendo: 'In the morning- rain ... In the afternoon- dew. In the evening- don't"' (Laskin 180). Really, the only qualifications it took to become a weather girl were to be attractive and have some sort of short-term memory.
Thursday, May 02, 2002
Tony C., at his Knights of Columbus meeting, had Terri Merindino bring back memories of the past...How about we retirees help him out with the great past of
CBS...not just production people, but include maintenance people, etc. Without cameras and mikes there would be no production.
Remember Hollywood's 50 Years?... New York had many more...Would there be a CBS Hollywood if it were not for WCBS NY?
My memory Is going ...Before we all lose it, send in those remembrances!
President Bush Urges Congress to Ban All Human Cloning. What a timely story... "The Shroud" comes along just as the President of the United States decides that the brakes should be put on, as the enthusiastic scientific world attempts to open the door on yet another of man's insatiable drives to conquer new frontiers.
Does the president have some knowledge on the possibility of another governmental coverup.
Pierce Evans and Frank DuPont created "The Shroud" by assembling the voluminous technical facts.
Even though the pious leaders of the church haven't made any serious statements that the Shroud is definitely the image of the crucified Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This book carefully takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions that is unbelievable. The desire to race through the history of the Shroud, by the authors, to get to the possibility that cloning from a snippet of the Shroud could create the Savior of the world is obvious, and before the mind can comprehend that possibility, the twists and turns that ensue, leave you with the need to keep reading, for now your mind cannot comprehend the consequences of terror that the book portends.
The Bible, in the book of Genesis, teaches that God made man in his own image.
Man in his never ending search and curiosity to clone a man in his own image has used all of the science that humankind has compiled. Is he now God or Man?.. In God's creation there is good and evil. Can man isolate the genes and choose only what elevates science, or does cloning open the door to terror unrealized?
Read "The Shroud" and be prepared to question your own preconceived ideas about your own existence. Can you put this book down?.. I think you will be wishing for Evans and DuPont to clone another book. Did I say clone? God forgive me.
We will have to wait for the movie version with all the special effects to save your sanity but it is a delicious treat to have your own imagination take you to the light at the end of your imagination... or does it?
For the group:
Regarding the 50 years of CBS Television City propaganda show: I was in Los Angeles in February of 1953, looking for a job. (I didn't join CBS until late in '53). I stopped in Television City, and the place was deader than the proverbial doornail. I also visited local 45, and was informed that nothing was happening. After I had joined the company, I found out that there had been a big hiring spree in 1950-1951 (New York) and again in 1953, when I was hired. The live action was all in New York, from what I remember, until the film people in Hollywood got on the bandwagon and began displacing the live stuff with their packaged sitcoms.
73 to all, from Joe J., W2OVF
Wednesday, May 01, 2002
I am sure you do...
Those were the days.. and the nights were not bad either.
I could have their coverage as backup to Medicare Parts A & B but it will be severely reduced. Also, they will be offering (via Express Scripts) drug coverage, but I don't know how much it will be, or what they will cover.
In addition, I think that my wife can be covered in the plan until she reaches 65, but again, it is very vague.
My wife, the lady Pauline, and I belong to a seniors club here in Virginia, named "Teamo," which of course means love, in Italian.
At the last meeting, held each month, a Sunday, it was held at the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Everyone partakes in the meeting by bringing a small dish to share with each other.
I am getting used to the idea that we must socialize, oor wither on the vine. During the festivities, which are somewhat like the Retirees Luncheons held in NY/NJ, everyone mills about and compares ailments and other events of the previous month.
The host lady Mrs. Terri Merindino, is the Pearl Mesta, of our little group. When she stopped by our table, and asked the usual, "How ya doing" me being a wise ass, I said it is, "OK, but why is it that, virtually, all southern women, in our age group, have white short hair, and they wear slacks."
I told her about the women of New York, particularly the mostly, young females that march up 72nd. Street, past where "The World Turns" was produced.
And create a stir in the hearts of the technicians and stagehands, that get their morning fix, as this parade of beautiful women, in their flowing dresses, and business suits, make on of NY's bouquets, of feminine pulchritude.
She, politely listened, and smiled, and went on to the next table.
Well, last Sunday, we participated in a dance for Cancer Benefit. My wife and I attend all cancer events, to help as little as we can, in memory for my family that has been devastated by the insidious disease.
I was taken aback by, the lady if our group, as she came over to our table, with a contingent of about twenty woman, all dressed to the 'Nines, She, approached me and said, "Here Tony, these are for you."
I rose to say, "hello" and thanked each of them in turn. They opened up a new page in my heart, for I now realize, that all woman, can be a flower in the bouquet of life.
Short, blue tinted hair, and long flowing dresses, all come with smiles, and memories of the days, of women as roses.
This is being sent from Joel Dulberg, formerly of 60 Minutes audio post - production who retired last August.
The wife, Rosemarie and I, currently live in Maine on an island called Megquier, also the e.mail address at aol.com.
I've recently spoken with Tony Cuc and advised him that we have sent away, at the suggestion of our Maine neighbors, for a publication called The Consumer's Pharmacy Guide. It is available from Green Tree Press in Erie, Pa and the cost is $12.95 plus $3.95 for shipping. I don't have it as yet.
In it, which is 80 pages in length, they list thousands of prescriptions which are available from pharmacists in Canada. The savings, over American costs are up to 84%.
All one has to do is get a prescription from your local doctor, have the doctor call a Canadian 800 number and the prescription will be sent on to you, no taxes, no duty to pay!
You pay in US dollars using any major credit card or check.
If you are a veteran, the book shows you a little known way to obtain all of your prescription drugs for only $2.00 per prescription for a 30 day supply of any drug you need. Everything is listed on how to do this in the book ..... so they say.
Furthermore, if the book is not what they claim, which I doubt, the company offers a full refund of your money.
The book is available from: Green Tree Press, Inc. Department 906 .... 3603 West 12th Street, Erie, PA 16505. The phone number there is: 814 - 833 - 6353.
As I said, I don't have it as yet, having just ordered yesterday, but when I get it and have the chance place an order, I'll post another message on the web.
Or, if anyone would like to call me, I can read off what the cost of a particular drug would be from their listings. I don't know how often prices would be updated or prescriptions added or deleted as yet.
This might be an alternative answer to the drug coverage AARP offers.
Good luck to all.
Joel Dulberg CBS 60 Minutes (Retired)
Notice: This website has not been actively maintained since the end of February. This message is from the former co-webmaster, Adrian Ettlinger, whose responsibilities have been to upload the updates to the site. At the New York luncheon, on 4/17/02, a new maintenance team was organized to resume updating of the site. The duties will be shared by Dave Minott and Ted Perzeszty. When updating is resumed, it may be expected that an E-mail will be broadcast to the membership list. So stand by, and there isn't much point in looking in here again until you receive an E-mail.
And, as a personal note, I've enjoyed doing this job and renewing old friendships with many of you from the "old days" when we all worked together to build a new industry. I know the website will be in capable hands from this point onwards. You'll see some changes in style, and overall my hunch is it's going to wind up being better than before. I didn't try to pin down Dave and Ted as to what their target date will be, but they're planning on getting together soon to work out the details.
And as a further note, the April 17 luncheon was a great success as usual, having been arranged by Ted P. and Tony Casola. There were 107 in attendance. Tony will carry on publishing the newsletter. The sad note was that Freddie Schutz could not be with us.
Having said that, as things have developed, I'll keep my hand in to some extent. I took some of the leisure time I've had since Dave and Ted took over to prepare an index of the photos, something a few members had suggested in the past. And I volunteered to Dave to take on the responsibility to keep the index up to date as photos are added in the future. Also, since I have the tools for uploading, I can do occasional "vacation relief" for Dave should the need arise. Although with the new message system, that should only be needed for adding of photos.
Best regards to all ----------------------Adrian
How about all the soaps until Young and Restless in the 70's started there and the 6 from NY never existed,
What about Playhouse 90, Omnibus and The US Steel Hour?. Where did they come from?
Any replies would be appreciated.
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