Sunday, July 14, 2002

Just received from Les Burkhardt:

Hi to all
We've been away for a week and found these pieces of mail when I turned on the computer this morning. It saddens me every time that I read about the passing of one of our own.

#1 Received from Hy Freilich:
Hey Les
Sorry to have to send this to you. Sid Rothstein had a heart attack this past week and is in the hospital. He asked me to let the net know.The info is following. I don't know his room #
North West Medical Center
280 N. State Rd. 7
Margate 33063
The phone # of the hospital is 954-974-0400
Sid's extension is 954-987-4411

Any update on Sid's condition?? Just called the hospital and was informed that he was discharged on the 12th. Hope that is an omen of good news.

#2 Received from Tony Cucurullo
Dear Tony:

I am sorry to have to tell you that my father Bert Amian passed away in
Burlington Flats on July 5, 2002. The memorial service will be held on July
20, 2002 at the Village Church of Bayville at 10:00 am Please help me in
letting the rest of his CBS friends know.

Thank you

Carol Amian Sedlak e mail or (516) 628-1420

#3 Sent to me from Bob Meyers
CBS announcer in early days of TV dead at 83
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) - Hal Simms, the CBS announcer who intoned
the titles to dozens of shows in TV's early days, died July 2 at
the Goddard House nursing facility. He was 83.
Simms, who grew up in Boston's West End, was the announcer for
shows that included "The Edge of Night," "Beat the Clock,"
"The Guiding Light" and "The Frank Sinatra Show." He was a CBS
announcer from 1948 until 1972, and also acted, reported and
delivered weather forecasts.
"For a kid from a tenement, it was really quite a life," his
son Adam told The Boston Globe on Thursday. "He was there when
Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid were young men in a new medium.
He got to work with sports figures such as Frank Gifford and
entertainers like Frank Sinatra - figures who were larger than
He was an announcer-actor on the "The Morning Show" with Jack
Paar, once delivering the weather forecast in the gorilla suit he
had been wearing for a skit because he didn't have time to change.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Simms began
his career in radio in Portsmouth, N.H. He was working for a
Philadelphia radio station, his son said, when his college friends
Robert Q. Lewis and Mike Wallace persuaded him to move to New York
and join CBS.
He also announced for radio shows, and for 10 years prior to his
retirement was announcer in chief of CBS.
Simms leaves another son, Hank, and a daughter, Sarah Simms
Rosenthal. A funeral service was held.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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