Friday, September 27, 2002

Just received the following from Jay Chichon:

Hi Ted:

I wonder if you or anyone you know on the CBS email list have been
receiving emails with the Klez H virus attachment?
I myself and five others, that I know of on the CBS list, have
been receiving them on a daily basis for at least a month.
I think you know how the Klez H virus works....when anyone
opens the file that is attached, it infects the computer and goes
to the address book and takes an address at random and automatically
sends another virus email to that person using a FROM: address
also taken from the list. (Today I received a virus email with the
FROM: address "".
The majority of the virus emails received have all contained the
senders address of various CBS Retirees.

It would seem that one or more of the retirees computers have been
infected with the Klez H virus and perhaps is not aware of it.

I wonder if it would be a good idea to post this information on
the Web Site so that the group is aware of this problem and they can
scan their computers for this virus.....especially those that might
have the CBS Retirees email list in their computer address book?

Best regards....Jay Chichon

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty
I haven't written about some of the woman that traveled with their husbands on remotes, and the one that comes to mind readily is of course the, beautiful Marie Quaranta.
I don't know how that lady could travel and bear all those children that the Quaranta's have.
I believe they now have more than fifteen grandchildren.
We see Marie and Romeo, at most of the Luncheons.
They say women grown gracefully as they age, Marie, is just prettier. Romeo, just plain aged, sorry pal!

Tony Cucurullo

Submitted by Tony Cucurullo

Dwight Temple has suffered an attack of "heart fibrillation" (un-synchronized heartbeat) on Sept. 23rd and is in South Nassau Communities Hospital undergoing treatment by drug therapy. He is expected to be released today, Sept. 27th, if all goes well.

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty
Update on Chico Claudio:
After having a stroke, Chico has been in the hospital for 3 week undergoing rehab. He has now been transferred to a "sub-acute care" section of the nursing home facility at Long Beach Hospital. He is expected to come home in about 10 days.

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

More history of interest to CBSers

Where was the first movie studio? What was it called?


Thomas Alva Edison built the Black Maria, (pronounced ma-rye-uh) a
tarpaper shack near his West Orange, New Jersey, labs. This became
the site of his moving-picture experiments and the world's first
movie studio. Edison is generally credited with inventing the movie
machine, called the Kinetoscope. Edison’s assistant, the inventor
William K. L. Dickson, did most of the actual work. The studio was
completed in February of 1893.

Mechanical contraptions that flipped drawings to give the
appearance of motion have been around since the 1820s. In the 1860s
they began using a sequence of still photographs in the mechanism
to create motion from real photos. When I was in grammar school,
the teacher put a record of Frosty the Snowman on a turntable that
had a prism mirror on the turntable spindle [Yes, we had records and,
with a windup phonograph no less, . . in the late 40s!]. As the
record rotated, the prism picked up images of Frosty from the label
and made his picture appear to dance when you stared at the prism
facets. We were dazzled!

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty
Betcha Ya Didn't Know

Captain Kangaroo interesting fact.....

This was an eye opener for me..... Interesting story.....
Some people have been a bit offended that Lee Marvin is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery.
His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys?
Well, following is the amazing answer:
I always liked Lee Marvin, but did not know the extent of his Corps experiences. In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces,
often in rear-echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero.
He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor. If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson:
His guest was Lee Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima... and that during the course of that
action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded." "Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the ass and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi... bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys gettin' shot hauling you down. But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. The dumb bastard actually stood up on Red beach and
directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the
Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?'
Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse! Johnny, I'm not lying... Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.

Bob Keeshan... You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

Submitted by Lee Levy

Sunday, September 22, 2002

I thought the following article would be of interest to most CBSers

What was the first high fidelity recording?


One might guess it was the invention of the 33 and 1/3 LP record by
Peter Goldmark at CBS Labs in the late 40s. That was certainly a big
leap forward in audio recording. It was also about the time that the
word hi-fi replaced the name record player or Victrola.

But that is not it. The player piano has to take that title. The
player piano had a roll of paper punched with holes that recorded the
key stokes on a piano. Compressed air was blown through the holes as
the paper scrolled by and a mechanism played the piano in the same
way that the holes were punched by the original artist. The system
became so sophisticated that extra tracks of holes were placed along
the edge of the scroll to provide such nuances as tempo and the
positions of the foot pedals. Since the piano was actually used to
recreate the original music from the piano roll (software!), it was
truly hi-fi!

The player piano (Pianola) was invented in 1896 and originally had
mechanical fingers to play the keys.

Other inventions in recording included the tape recorder, which
appeared in the USA right after the war. Captured German machines
were brought back in 1946 and they used metalized paper and plastic
tape. Bing Crosby helped fund the further development of the tape
recorder, which laid the foundation for the Ampex Company. Bing
wanted to be able to make recordings away from the record studios so
he could easily pursue his pastime of golf.

The Germans made tape recordings of propaganda radio broadcasts so
that they would sound "live". BTW The German engineers had a jump on
a source of plastic tape. The Germans produced a cigarette with a
fake tip on it made out of metalized plastic film. The tip looked
like our modern filter but it was only intended to give the
impression of being a cigarette holder. This happened around 1932
by the company we know as BASF.

There were some earlier U.S. & German recorders that used tungsten
wire, but they were not as good as tape.


Submitted by Ted Perzeszty

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Richard O`Brian is in error about the Ed Sullivan theatre not having Marconi cameras. I did video for a time on that show and also "I've got a Secret" and "What`s My Line." All in the same studio with Marconi cameras. It was a four tube camera, each channel independent from the other, meaning gain, pedestal, gamma all separate. That`s how we got the pastel look of color .We kept the B &W ped at it`s normal level and raised the color peds by ten percent, thereby thinning out the color.To me, I think it was the finest camera .It didn't need image enhancing. It looked like 35MM film. If you don`t believe me, watch the Sullivan reruns on cable. It had one drawback. Every year a man came from England to replace the filters on the color tubes. It always took a long time. Also, for the video buffs.. .the controls were micrometer settings which allowed us to balance the camera without using the encoder.

Cal Marotta
(Forwarded by Tony Cucurullo)

Monday, September 16, 2002

A letter to Irv Rosenberg;

I like to thank you for your generous contribution to the CBS web site. I would prefer using e-mail, but I don't have your e-mail address.


Tony Casola
Sad News -- received a letter from Al Fabricatore that our well known and popular electrician Ricky Riccardi passed away January 25, 2002. Central maintenance and other departments has always liked and welcomed him, he was a true friend.

Tony Casola

Friday, September 13, 2002

CBS Retirees Buffet Luncheon - Wednesday November 13th at 12 Noon
Saint Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida

Stu Meyer, a resident, has offered the use of the facility for our retiree luncheon. Cost will be between $15.00 - $20.00 per head depending on head count. Cash only, + (Drinks are extra) for a Sumptuous Buffet. Spouses are welcome. We would appreciate a response so we can give the facility a head count and have them set us up in a specific area. If you have contact with CBS friends, call them and spread the word. Please respond, on line to Lee ( or Call: 561-712-9523 before October 30th or earlier if you are interested in attending. Hoping to hear from you soon and see you all on November 13th at 12 Noon.

Directions: I-95 North or South to Yamato Rd. West exit. Continue West to Jog Rd. Right turn at Jog Rd (North) to Clint Moore Rd. Left at Clint Moore (West) to entrance of St. Andrews Country Club (Claridge Oval overhead sign) on the right. Directions are available at the guardhouse to the main clubhouse.

Florida Turnpike: exit Delray Beach Atlantic Ave. east, to Jog Rd. Right turn on Jog Rd. (south) To Clint Moore Rd. Right turn on Clint Moore (west) to St. Andrews Country Club entrance on right. (Claridge oval sign overhead). Get directions to the main clubhouse at the guardhouse.

Wishing you all good health.
Lee Levy & Stu Meyer

Received a phone call from Gladys Stevens, notifying me that her husband
DAN STEVENS passed away August, 2002. He worked in the video tape area.

Tony Casola
The last I heard, Jerry Jaick resides at Cape Coral Florida, and works for the PGA Golf tour under Bob Brown.

Cal Marotta
Received from Les Burkhardt:

Carl Paulson, my husband, has been in the Montgomery Nursing Home since the middle of March. He has his ups and downs, but at age 93, It is not easy. The home is only 7 miles from me, so that is great. He misses all of you.

Emily Paulson

Thursday, September 12, 2002

I forgot to mention that the mini-lunch that takes place next week, Wednesday, September 18, at the East Bay Diner is at 12 noon.
Tony Casola

This article is from

While you may have seen this already, I thought it was right to share it. I thought this is a perfect sentiment for the day.
Submitted by Ted Perzesty.

Noah and 9/11

September 11, 2002

Over the past year several friends have remarked to me how
much they still feel a pit in their stomachs from 9/11. One
even said she felt as if this was the beginning of the end
of the world. And no wonder. Those suicide hijackings were
such an evil act that they shattered your faith in human
beings and in the wall of civilization that was supposed to
constrain the worst in human behavior. There is now a big
jagged hole in that wall.

What to do? For guidance, I turned to one of my mentors,
Rabbi Tzvi Marx, who teaches in the Netherlands. He offered
me a biblical analogy. "To some extent," said Tzvi, "we
feel after 9/11 like we have experienced the flood of Noah
- as if a flood has inundated our civilization and we are
the survivors. What do we do the morning after?"

The story of Noah has a lot to offer. "What was the first
thing Noah did when the flood waters receded and he got off
the ark?" asked Tzvi. "He planted a vine, made wine and got
drunk." Noah's first response to the flood's devastation of
humanity, and the challenge he now faced, was to numb
himself to the world.

"But what was God's reaction to the flood?" asked Tzvi.
"Just the opposite. God's reaction was to offer Noah a more
detailed set of rules for mankind to live by - rules which
we now call the Noahite laws. His first rule was that life
is precious, so man should not murder man." (These Noahite
laws were later expanded to include prohibitions against
idolatry, adultery, blasphemy and theft.)

It's interesting - you would have thought that after wiping
out humanity with a devastating flood, God's first
post-flood act wouldn't have been to teach that all life is
precious. But it was. Said Tzvi: "It is as though God said,
`Now I understand what I'm up against with these humans. I
need to set for them some very clear boundaries of
behavior, with some very clear values and norms, that they
can internalize.' "

And that is where the analogy with today begins. After the
deluge of 9/11 we have two choices: We can numb ourselves
to the world, and plug our ears, or we can try to repair
that jagged hole in the wall of civilization by insisting,
more firmly and loudly than ever, on rules and norms - both
for ourselves and for others.

"God, after the flood, refused to let Noah and his
offspring indulge themselves in escapism," said Tzvi, "but
he also refused to give them license to live without moral
boundaries, just because humankind up to that point had

The same applies to us. Yes, we must kill the murderers of
9/11, but without becoming murderers and without simply
indulging ourselves. We must defend ourselves - without
throwing out civil liberties at home, without barring every
Muslim student from this country, without forgetting what a
huge shadow a powerful America casts over the world and how
it can leave people feeling powerless, and without telling
the world we're going to do whatever we want because there
has been a flood and now all bets are off.

Because imposing norms and rules on ourselves gives us the
credibility to demand them from others. It gives us the
credibility to demand the rule of law, religious tolerance,
consensual government, self-criticism, pluralism, women's
rights and respect for the notion that my grievance,
however deep, does not entitle me to do anything to anyone

It gives us the credibility to say to the Muslim world:
Where have you been since 9/11? Where are your voices of
reason? You humbly open all your prayers in the name of a
God of mercy and compassion. But when members of your
faith, acting in the name of Islam, murdered Americans or
committed suicide against "infidels," your press extolled
them as martyrs and your spiritual leaders were largely
silent. Other than a few ritual condemnations, they offered
no outcry in their mosques; they drew no new moral red
lines in their schools. That's a problem, because if there
isn't a struggle within Islam - over norms and values -
there is going to be a struggle between Islam and us.

In short, numbing ourselves to the post-9/11 realities will
not work. Military operations, while necessary, are not
sufficient. Building higher walls may feel comforting, but
in today's interconnected world they're an illusion. Our
only hope is that people will be restrained by internal
walls - norms and values. Visibly imposing them on
ourselves, and loudly demanding them from others, is the
only viable survival strategy for our shrinking planet.

Otherwise, start building an ark.

Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

To Tony Cucurullo:

I can only look forward to what may transpire late this year re medical.
Again, please let me know what I can do to help. The Congressman I mentioned to you on the phone was Bernie (correct) Sanders of Vermont---a real fighter for the underdogs.
For the record, I left CBS News (Radio) in April 1999; laid off with about nine other people from the radio (WGA) staff. I was then Director of Radio Special Events.
Let me join all those folks who thank you for the work you are doing on the medical problem.

Tony Brunton
The October Luncheon Notice is now posted, please take the time to read it. The Luncheon will take place in New Jersey, not far from the G.W. Bridge. This time it's much closer to new Jerseyite's, and those who live north and south.
Tony Casola

After many hours of work on the part of Ted Perzeszty, Tony Casola, and myself, the latest Retired CBS Newsletter is now online. Please click the "Current Newsletter" button on the main page.


Monday, September 09, 2002

Hello Dave;
Just a quick word to let you know that Sid Rothstein passed away on August 19th. I tried to give him a call this morning to wish him well and also holiday wishes, but I got a message that his phone had been disconnected and no info available. The only person that I could remember who was mentioned by Sid the last time I spoke to him was Hy Freilich, so I looked up his E-mail address on the list which I received from Les Burkhardt. He was kind enough to call Sid's family in South Florida and then sent me an E-mail the same day, which I really appreciated. I hope all is well with you, and the Web page is great, which I also appreciate!

Best regards,
Tom Nadig
(Written Sept.8th,2002)
Hi everyone,
I have Wednesday, September 18th, for our mini-luncheon date to be held at East Bay diner, 2405 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY. This is the same diner as last time.
Wives and friends are invited. Please let me know if you are coming, so I have an idea as to how many.
Tony Casola
516 541-2263

Sunday, September 08, 2002

When the coward terrorists blasphemed G-D by killing innocent people in their name. they left a scar for CBS to have emblazoned in their image for all time.
For two innocent workers, Isais Rivera and Robert Pattison, were killed in the performance of their job as Technicians at the transmitters high atop the North Tower.
One of the stories being circulated is that Isiais had a premonition about his death before the tragedy. He was there at work in 1973 when the terrorists set off the first blast in the World Trade Center. He never again felt comfortable going to work in that place.
If, in the kindness of your heart you can find a moment, say a prayer for these co-workers that are gone from our scene. September 11th... remember their names:

Isais Rivera
Robert Pattison

May the peace of the Lord be in the hearts of their families, and may they find a surcease from this terrible loss that permeates their souls.

Tony Cucurullo

Friday, September 06, 2002

Re: September 11th

Resolve has now replaced terror.
Fortitude, is the strength of character shown
The Lady in the Harbor, welcomes the future
Ground zero, is the place of sweet repose
Those unfound, leave spirits to lift us up.
No edifice can rise to replace the Towers
No victory lives in the hearts of the alone
The hero's are many, yet none can take a bow
The purveyors will perish, their ideals will crumble
Their innocent too, thy sting is yours
This history is the Genesis of the future
And the future is in the roots of the Genesis past
Carnage was given birth by Cain
Hope is man's eternal dream
It is in morpheus arms that we will our spirits onward travel
We rise each sunrise in hopes for peace, of the soul
But, tomorrow brings challenge yet lived
As the Lady in the Harbor stands resolutely,
We will be her light for the future
And hopes doth springs eternal anew.

From Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Joe Janovsky, is due for surgery on Sept 9th.

I can't think of a finer man than Joe. We all hope the surgery is successful.
Joe did something for the list of technicians that will be a big help for anyone interested in the names of pretty much the staff of people that worked at CBS from the Radio days until advent of Television. I have the four manila folders of information that Joe compiled. I will pass these on to the next person that is interested in the history of our CBS groups. I just won't pass them onto just anyone. So, don't ask, unless it is for a bonafide reason.
Let's wish another of the formidable family the best of luck with his medical problem.
Tony Cucurullo