Thursday, October 31, 2002

Tom Dowd, 77, Dies
Innovator in the Art of Recording Music

By JON PARELES/The New York Times

Tom Dowd, an innovative recording engineer and producer who made noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many other musicians, died on Sunday in Aventura, Fla., near Miami. He was 77 and had lived until recently in Miami.

The cause was emphysema, said his daughter, Dana Dowd.

Mr. Dowd was a pioneer of stereo and multitrack tape recording. But as a producer he was renowned for recordings that sounded natural, making the listener feel he was in the same room as the performer. As the engineer or producer for Coltrane's "Giant Steps," Ray Charles's "What'd I Say," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and Derek and the Dominos' "Layla," his signature was a self-effacing clarity and warmth.

"There is no one who better epitomizes the ideal marriage of technical excellence and true creativity," said Ahmet Ertegun, the chairman of Atlantic Records, in a 1999 speech. Mr. Dowd was a staff engineer at Atlantic for 25 years.

Mr. Dowd grew up in Manhattan. His father was a theater producer, and his mother was trained as an opera singer. He studied piano and violin, and after he graduated from Stuyvesant High School at 16, he attended Columbia University. Working in the physics department, he operated the cyclotron, a particle accelerator. When he enlisted at 18, the Army sent him back to Columbia to work on the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb.

After World War II, he worked for the Voice of America and became a freelance recording engineer until he was hired full time by Atlantic, then a fledgling independent label.

Mr. Dowd's clear, forceful recordings — he captured drums and bass playing at full volume without distortion — helped make Atlantic singles stand out. At Atlantic in the early 1950's, he suggested that the company build a control room in its Midtown offices, which doubled as a studio for nearly a decade; the stairwell was used as an echo chamber. He pushed the label to switch from recording on acetate discs to using tape, and he made some of the first commercial stereo recordings: binaural recordings, with a separate needle playing each channel.

"We were recording everything in stereo long before there was any significant market for it," Mr. Ertegun said.

Mr. Dowd also had Atlantic buy the second eight-track multitrack recorder ever made; Les Paul had the first one. Mr. Dowd designed and built Atlantic's first stereo and eight-track consoles.

He recorded Atlantic's jazz roster, which included the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard, Mr. Coleman and Coltrane; he also recorded pop and rhythm-and-blues hits for Bobby Darin, Ruth Brown, Solomon Burke, the Clovers and the Drifters. In the 1960's he recorded Cream, Ms. Franklin, Dusty Springfield and many other rock and jazz musicians, eventually earning credit as producer as well as engineer.

He left Atlantic in the late 1960's to work as a freelance producer. In 1967 Mr. Dowd moved to Miami, where he worked mostly at Criteria Sound Studios. But he continued to make albums in London, New York, Los Angeles, the Bahamas and elsewhere.

Musicians like Eric Clapton came to depend on his advice as well as his technical skill. Mr. Dowd shaped the sound of Southern rock as the producer for Lynyrd Skynyrd and in a long association with the Allman Brothers Band. He continued to make albums until earlier this year.

In addition to his daughter, of Miami, he is survived by his wife, Cheryl Dowd of Dearborn, Mich.; two sons, Todd, of Miami Beach, and Steven, of Denver; and a grandson.

In 2002 he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Grammy organization. A documentary, "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music," is scheduled for release early next year.

(c) 2002 The New York Times Company
Forwarded by Gayle DePoli

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

What is a Vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating
two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose
overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by hour hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She (or he) is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep
sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Paris Island drill instructor who has never seen combat - but
has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals
with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by, but keeps the supply lines full.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose
presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and
aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the
nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who
offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country,
and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is
nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest,
greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU."

It's the soldier, not the reporter, who gave us our freedom of the press.

It's the soldier, not the poet, who gave us our freedom of speech.

It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gave us our freedom to

It's the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves others with respect for
the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester
to burn the flag.

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our
military men and women who go in harms way. There is nothing attached...

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. serviceman, prayer is the very best
one. I know, I've seen it work!

And, I might add the people of CBS that served this country, in the military, and those that served in the cause of freedom, and liberty.
The names are numerous, and I was remiss in not including all the vets last year. So, perhaps by Memorial Day I can update that list of the venerable men and women that served.
So, on November 11th, at 11am, pause, and reverently place your hand over your heart, as a silent gesture, and prayer, for those that lie in sweet repose in the fields of battle, and in places of honor in their family resting places.
They deserve this moment.

Peace be unto you, and those that now sleep in eternal peace.

Tony Cucurullo

Click on this line to see a list of attendees at the 10/16/2002 New Jersey Luncheon!

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Bob Jegle is living in East Rockaway near my brother Tim's house.
If his eyes were not so bad, I'd have Dad surfing the site. I informed my brother, and copied and pasted the recent newsletter in an e-mail for him to deliver to Dad (76).

Nice site!
Thomas M. Jegle
Systems Project Analyst
A. G. Edwards Technology Group Inc.

Remember the WTC

There was acknowledgment of George's passing during the half-time portion of Sunday's Football Coverage.

Les Burkhardt
I just heard from Carlos Vargas that Jimmy Alkins called from NY to say that George Joanitus died last week. Evidentially he had complications from Emphezema and other lung and liver ailments. George was a heavy smoker.

Harve Gilman

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Stu Meyers called me and read me the list of 40 former CBS'ers who will be at the reunion here in South Florida and I was delighted and impressed that he is able to pull this off.. Some of the names floored me---some real old timers . Quite a few production types..Some of the names I recall are Art Schoenfuss, Bob Dailey, Sandy Grossman, Duke Struck, John Mc Manus ,Bob Fishman and many others.
I am sure that there are many others in the Florida area or will soon be down here where it is nice and warm.
Hope this blurb on the net will be a wakeup call for others nearby to join this luncheon November 13th. Get in touch with Stu.
( Note to Stu-maybe it would be good for you to list a complete list of those who responded and will be coming, and have it posted here.)

Sid Kaufman

Monday, October 21, 2002

HI Guys & Gals;

So glad that the new web site is doing so well and I find it very useful and informative. Really sorry I had to miss another get together. I have been quite busy the past few months. My new wife and I are building a new house in Barnegat Bay on the Jersey shore, and it has been very time consuming running back and forth selecting everything that will be added to the original plan. It is a retirement community and it is very lovely, but by the time you get finished with adding all the goodies that they do not include you can add 25% to the cost, which is really very low compared to where I live now. I want to compliment all of you who diligently have put this site together and I expected nothing less than perfection having enjoyed working with you folks for a lot of years and I truly miss all of you and love to read about the goings on, and the writings of all of you are especially enlightening. Anyone that has worked among us and say's that they do not miss a lot of the interaction we used to have is totally out of it. Once a family, always a family, and it saddens me tremendously when I hear about our dear departed friends. So I hope I will make the next get together.

Sincerely, Good Health To You All.

Sam Ambrosio
A wonderful luncheon was held in New Jersey this past week... sorry many Long Island retirees's did not show, but considering the weather that morning I could understand. Ted and Tony did a wonderful job in preparing the new location etc.
My son George, who works at the CBS construction Dept., had mentioned to me that George Joanitis passed away just recently and was buried this past Thursday. Have you received any information on this...I just looked at the web site and did not see any mention of this.

Hope all is well with you my good friend.

Best regards,
George Klimcsak
Forwarded by Tony Cucurullo

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Interesting stuff:
When did we start calling computers, computers?


OK, this takes several explanations.

First, mechanical calculators were also called computers way back in
the 19th century.

Next, the first programmable device invented by Charles Babbage was
called the analytical engine. The programmer was said to be Ada
Augusta, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron. [1842]

As far as the modern computer is concerned . . . the first time the
word computer appears in print is in 1945. The term ENIAC means
electronic numerical integrator and computer. The term was printed
in the following title . . . "Description of the ENIAC and comments
on electronic digital computing machines". J. Eckert et al. Note
that both computer and computing are in use as of 1945.

The term electronic brain does not appear until 1946.

The theoretical precursor to the modern computer was the Turing
machine described back in 1937. It was named after the mathematician
Alan Turing.
1945 - Grace Murray Hooper (Admiral USN) pulls a dead bug [moth]
from a broken computer relay on the Mark II computer at Harvard
University. She later glued the bug into a logbook of the computer
and this very first bug is still kept in the National Museum of
American History of the Smithsonian Institution. BTW, Continual
cleaning of the relays was referred to as "debugging" the computer.
Source in part: 20th Century Words J Ayto

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty

Friday, October 18, 2002

Upcoming Florida Retirees Luncheon

There will be a CBS Luncheon on Wednesday November 13th at 12 Noon in the Dining Room/Troon Room at Saint Andrews Country Club In Boca Raton.
The cost per person is $26.00 . Please send a check made payable to:
Stu Meyer and mail to 17183 White Haven Drive, Boca Raton Fl 33496.
Check to arrive no later than Nov 6. This will include valet parking, a sumptuous buffet and all gratuities and taxes. Iced or hot coffee, and tea, and soft drinks included also. No alcoholic beverages will be served. The rules of the country club prohibit us from taking money at the door or at the table. Your are asked not to tip the parking valet or waiters as this price is all inclusive.
As of this writing we have a head count of 40 and counting. Note: Drive to the Main Club House entrance and the valet will park your car. Ask for the main Dinning Room and the CBS Luncheon. Bring a large appetite.

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 guard house 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). Directions to main clubhouse at guardhouse. Looking forward to seeing everyone and wishing you safe travel.

Lee Levy & Stu Meyer.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Update on Chico Claudio:
Chico's wife, Betty, brought Chico home from the nursing home on Saturday, Oct. 12th. His speech has improved somewhat but he is still confined to a wheelchair. No calls please. When he is ready to receive calls, I will post it at this site.

Ted Perzeszty

Wednesday, October 09, 2002


I am the Chief Engineer at an audio recording studio in the Los Angeles area, and I was wondering if any of your members might have the maintenance manual for a CBS Labs Volumax Limiter. One of my clients brought one in, seems to sort of work, but I'd like to be able to calibrate it and/or repair it intelligently. I do have a schematic that I can't really even read, and a manual and schematic for a 410 & 411 model, but there are enough differences that I still can't really do what I need to.

If any of your members can help, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks, and I love the concept of your site, keeping colleagues connected. What a wonderful idea.




Stephen Anderson
Technical Operations Larrabee Studios
East 3249 Cahuenga Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90068
323.851.1244 Studio
323.851.8604 Fax
818.521.1105 Cel
818.566.9087 Pager
Friends and colleagues...

One of the longest-serving employees of CBS News and the single longest-serving member of the CBS Evening News staff has passed away.
Len Raff died early this morning after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82 years old.
Len joined CBS in 1949. He was one of the first regular employees of the CBS Evening News... serving as a projectionist, then a film editor. He was here for Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite, and Dan Rather. A World War Two veteran who survived one ship's sinking off North Africa, and then saw action throughout the Pacific on the USS New Jersey, Len traveled extensively with the Evening News on major international stories, and spent much of his time here cutting many of the great award-winning
stories that made CBS News world famous throughout the 1960's, 70's and 80's.
Len made many friends during his 53 years at CBS and he will be greatly missed by all. Len leaves behind a daughter, Susan Raff, a grandson and a new granddaughter, in Middletown, Connecticut.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2002 at Riverside Memorial Funeral Home, 180 W. 76 Street, New York, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Messages of condolence can be sent to:

Ms. Susan Raff & family
24 Snow Ridge South
Middletown, CT 06457

Submitted by Ned Steinberg

Tuesday, October 08, 2002


The Straight Scoop from Charlie Daniels

I've just returned from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Naval Air Station base
Where we did three shows for the troops and toured several locations around the
post visiting with some of the finest military personnel on planet earth.
The kids seemed to really enjoy the shows and especially liked "This
Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag" and "In America". We had a great time with them. We
Saw Camp X-Ray, where the Taliban detainees are being held only from a
distance, but I picked up a lot of what's going on there from talking with a lot of different people.

The truth of the matter is that this operation is under a microscope.
The Red Cross has an on site presence there and watches everything that goes
On very closely. The media is not telling you the whole truth about what's
going on over there. The truth is that these scum bags are not only being
treated humanely, but they are probably better off health wise and
medically than they've ever been in their lives. They are fed well, able to take showers and receive state of the art medical care. And have their own Moslem chaplain. I saw several of them in a field hospital ward where they were
being treated in a state of the art medical facility.

Now let's talk about the way they treat our people. First of all, they
have to be watched constantly. These people are committed and wanton
murderers who are willing to die just to kill someone else. One of the
doctors told me that when they had Talibans in the hospital the staff had
to really be careful with needles, pens and anything else which could
possibly be used as a weapon. They also throw their excrement and urine on the
troops who are guarding them. And our guys and gals have shown great
restraint in not retaliating.

We are spending over a million dollars a day maintaining and guarding
these nasty killers and anyone who wants to see them brought to the
U.S.A. for trial is either out of their heads or a lawyer looking for money and
notoriety. Or both.

I wish that the media and the Red Cross and all the rest of the people
Who are so worried about these criminals would realize that this is not a
Troop of errant Boy Scouts. These are killers of the worst kind. They don't
Need protection from us, we need protection from them.

If you don't get anything else out of this soapbox, please try to
Realize that when you see news coverage much of the time you're not getting the
whole story, but an account filtered through a liberal mindset with an
agenda. We have two fights on our hands, the war against terror and the
one against the loudmouthed lawyers and left wing media who would sap the
strength from the American public by making us believe that we're losing
the war or doing something wrong in fighting it. Remember these are the same people who told us that Saddam Hussein's Republican guard was going to be an all but invincible enemy and that our smart bombs and other weapons were not
really as good as the military said that they were. They also took up for Bill
Clinton while he was cavorting around the Oval office with Monica
Lewinsky while the terrorists were gaining strength and bombing our Embassies and dragging the bodies of dead American heroes around the dusty streets of

It's a shame that we can't have an unbiased media who would just report
the truth and let us make up our own minds. Here I must commend Fox News
for presenting both sides much better than the other networks. They are
leaving the other cable networks in the dust. People like being told the truth.
Our military not only needs but deserves our support. Let's give it to them.

The next time you read a media account about the bad treatment of the
Taliban in Cuba, remember what I told you. Been there done that.

Footnote: I got an e-mail from a rather irate first cousin of mine the
other day who has a daughter who's a lawyer and she seemed to think that
I was painting all lawyers with the same brush. Please understand that I'm
Not doing that at all. That would be like saying that all musicians were
Drug addicts. There are a lot of good and honest attorneys out there. I happen
To have one of them. But it seems that they never get any airtime. It's
Always the radicals who get their opinions heard, who fight the idea of the
military tribunals and site The Constitution and the integrity of America
as their source of justifying their opinions.

Well, first of all The Constitution says "We the people of the United
States", it doesn't mention any other country. And secondly as far as
integrity is concerned, I don't think some of these folks would know
integrity if it bit them in the posterior.

What do you think? God Bless America (c) Charlie Daniels

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty

Saturday, October 05, 2002

Dear Ted and Tony and Dave:

My thanks to you for continuing to run the retirees' membership association. It's an important work in keeping alive the memories of so many wonderful men (and now women) who were so instrumental in making radio and television what they were and are.. Techniques which are so commonplace today were developed by engineers who literally had to start from scratch and figure out how to make something happen.

Those of us who were part of the early days of radio (I started in radio in '34, moved to TV after returning from the war in '46 and finally left CBS (for ABC for another 23 year career in '64) have so many grand memories.
Although I've been unable to attend the luncheons (I'm recovering from Gullian-Barre -which almost no one has heard of). I enjoy keeping up with the members through your bulletin. When it comes, I open it with mixed emotions:

On one hand I'm still able to connect faces with names and, in almost every case, to attach some particular, pleasant memory to that name.
On the other hand, I feel the loss of a friend when I see the names in the obit list. Faces still go with those names and I can still see the person on some show we worked on together or in some situation where he contributed his own expertise to the event or to my well being.

The memories are particularly strong when it comes to all those who were so helpful during the six years I left engineering to direct Ed Murrow's "Person to Person" program. Without them that show would not have been possible..
So. wishes for the continuance of the organization and a warm greeting for anyone who remembers me.

Please accept the check towards the web site cost. I'd appreciate your sending me the list of members' names and addresses mentioned in the bulletin.

Till next time,.
Bob Sammon


Submitted by Ted Perzeszty

Tuesday, October 01, 2002

I just spoke to Dwight Temple, who will be leaving the hospital in the morning. He sounds "chipper", and expects to make the NJ luncheon.
Those who would like, may reach him at home tomorrow late afternoon.

Ted, Tony, Dave, greetings and congrats on a terrific web site. A tremendous amount of information and very friendly to get around to the various departments. Also it printed out OK provided I chose the "print to fit" option for the print instruction.
Unable to make the October 16 meeting but I mailed in a $10 contribution for the web site. THANKS FOR ALL THE WORK.
Put me down for receiving the newsletter via the web site.

Sy Yusem
WTC facts:

A year after 9/11, a common theme in almost everything written or said about that day is how much things have changed in America since then. Usually the change has to do with how we act or think about things. But in New York City, the changes created new facts on the ground - and in the air, as well.

The Twin Towers were more than landmark office buildings and icons of capitalism. They also constituted one of the world's biggest lightning rods. Each was topped by a copper grid attached to the building's steel frameworks to harmlessly conduct lightning bolts to the ground. Scientists guess that about 35 serious strikes per year that might have hit elsewhere in lower Manhattan were instead absorbed by the Trade Center. In August, a man was killed by lightning on a rooftop in Greenwich Village. Indirectly, he may have been another victim of 9/11.


Submitted by Ted Perzeszty
Of interest:

We all use inkjet and laser printers now . . . . but what was the earliest electronic printer?


Samuel F. B. Morse: His first device, built in 1835, used a pencil
and paper tape to record electric signals transmitted by a "portrule"
metal bar device. By 1837-38, telegraph operators quickly learned
to send and receive solely from the sound of the clicks rather than
using paper tape.

Mr. S. S. Laws: In 1867, Mr. Laws invented the "gold indicator,"
which was then used by the Gold Exchange on Wall Street. The
Indicator was a device that displayed the price of gold by using
double-faced panels that flipped to the appropriate numbers. One
side of the panel faced out the window of the Gold Exchange and was
visible to New Street, and the other side of the panel was visible
to the traders inside the exchange. Laws was assisted by F.L. Pope,
who would later become an early partner of Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison: Edison worked on a device called the Edison
Telegraph Printer. This device was designed to make it possible for
a lower-skilled person to run a telegraph apparatus because it
printed out a message in readable text. The Edison Telegraph Printer
dates to approximately 1867 when Edison was a young telegrapher
working in Boston. This type of technology would evolve into the
introduction of the first stock tickers.

E. A. Calahan: In 1867, Mr. E.A. Calahan of the American
Telegraph Company invented the first stock telegraph printing

Thomas Edison: Edison and two other competing inventors, Elisha
Gray and G.M. Phelps, also worked on a device similar to the stock
ticker. They called these machines Private Line Printers. These
devices had a keyboard to send a message, type wheels, and paper
tape to receive the message. 1870

Charles Krum: Charles Krum and his son developed a crude teletype
machine which they patented on 8/22/1903. It was called the typebar
page printer.

1915: Teletype offers speeds of 30 or 50 words per minute.

1939: Speed reaches 75 words per minute.

1944: Speed reaches 100 words per minute.

1957: Teleprinter introduces speeds of 300 words per minute.

In 1960, The New York Quotation Company introduced the last
mechanical ticker. This extremely fast machine was eventually
replaced by modern-day computers and electronic displays

BTW ASCII (the character code for printing and for monitors) appears
in 1958 - modified in 1963 - and ends up in its final form in 1967.

(How many of you remember the TWX machine before we had fax?)

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty
New Jersey luncheon Notice!

If you are coming to the luncheon, don't forget to mail in your checks. We have only 2 weeks left to October 16th. There are many couples coming, maybe you'd like to bring your spouse or friend. Don't forget Friday, October 11th is the deadline. I have to notify Radisson Hotel as to the count.
We may not have the opportunity to personally thank everyone who has contributed to the website/ mailing cost, so please accept our thanks for your generosity.

Message for Mike Singer - I could not make out the fourth character of your e-mail address. You can e-mail me at:
Tony Casola