Monday, December 30, 2002

I just received an E-mail from George Keller, and he relayed an obituary posting for Carl Paulson, W2ULL, who passed away on December 28, 2002.
Carl was 93 years old. I have fond memories of working with Carl at CBS Labs in Stamford CT in the mid '60's.
Information at this point is rather sketchy, but I believe he is survived by his wife, and condolence cards can be sent to their home:

Mrs. Carl Paulson
540 Bruyn Tpk
Wallkill NY 12589

P.S. He has been listed as a "silent key" in the QRZ database.


Monday, December 23, 2002

Dolly Dawn, 86, Big Band Singer

By DOUGLAS MARTIN/The New York Times

Dolly Dawn, a big-band vocalist whose honey-sweet voice each noon, six days a week, bounced invitingly across America in the late 1930's and early 40's, died last Wednesday at a nursing home in Englewood, N.J. She was 86.

Her death was announced this week by her family.

She was one of the first vocalists to become the sole focus of a band, at a time when bands and musicians were still the main draw. Ella Fitzgerald called Miss Dawn an influence on her own singing. Joe Franklin, the New York radio and television personality, said in an interview that when Walter Winchell coined the term "canary" for female singers, he was referring to her.

She sang first with George Hall and His Orchestra, and then with a group carved out of the band called "Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol." Later, she played clubs, dance halls and street fairs, among other engagements, all over the United States.

But Miss Dawn dropped out of the limelight and became known mainly to the cult following that saw her in scattered club appearances in the 1970's and 80's, and responded to the release of a two-disk album of her records with George Hall on the RCA Bluebird label in 1976.

There was another revival of interest in her after Sony's reissue of some of her hits, most recently a collection called "You're a Sweetheart" in 2001. Paper dolls of her are sold on eBay.

She received almost no royalties for her reissued recordings, obtained only minimal Social Security and suffered in recent years from diabetes and kidney failure, Peter Sando, her nephew, said. She had lived in a transient hotel in Manhattan before being given an apartment and other assistance by the Actors' Fund, also in Manhattan. She moved to the Actors' Fund Nursing Home and Assisted Living Care Facility in Englewood earlier this year.

Theresa Maria Stabile was born on Feb. 3, 1916, in Newark and grew up in Montclair, N.J. Both her parents were Italian immigrants and her father ran a restaurant, among other jobs. Her cousin was the bandleader Dick Stabile. At 14, she won an amateur contest that Hall held in Newark. He shook her hand, but had forgotten her a year or two later when she showed up at the Taft Hotel in Manhattan, where his band regularly played. With the regular female vocalist about to leave, Ms. Dawn auditioned and got the job. She was known at the time as Billie Starr. Mr. Hall and Harriet Mencken, a writer on The New York Journal-American, came up with Dolly Dawn.

"She's as fresh as the dawn and as dimpled as a doll," the newspaperwoman said, according to an article in Radio Guide in 1937. Miss Dawn never stopped hating the name, which she thought made her sound like a stripper.

After six months of musical training, she began singing with Hall's band in July 1935, which every day but Sunday was broadcast nationally on CBS radio from the Taft Hotel at noon. The show's tagline: "Dance With Romance." Her relationship with Hall and his wife was so close that they formally adopted her when she was 19. In a ceremony on July 4, 1941, he turned his band over to her and became her manager.

She returned the loyalty. Tommy Dorsey asked her to sing with his band, but she turned him down, said Ronald Knoth, a social worker who helped her during her later years.

A popular part of the band's performance had become her appearing with just seven musicians in a group she named Dawn Patrol, after a newspaper column Ed Sullivan wrote called "Along the Dawn Patrol." Sullivan, a friend, gave her permission.

Ms. Dawn never married, saying that her music was her husband and children. She is survived by her sister, Ida Sando, of Spring Lake, N.J.

Copyright 2002 The New York Times

Gayle P. De Poli

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

I have ambivalent thoughts ricocheting across my mind this evening, one is sad, and the other laconical.

Dan Garber, was not a CBS employee, but he was a man of our industry.
I went to school with Dan at the RCA Institutes on West Fourth Street in the "Village."
Along with Joe Gallant, our deceased friend from the sound effects department at CBS, we three were inseparable in school. Well, Joe is gone, he died in the sound booth in a studio, where the old "Sgt. Bilko Show," emanated from, on 26th street.
Today I received a Christmas Card, and it reads that Dan is gone, also.
When the different companies, and agency's, came to the school to interview students as possible employees, Dan and I took all the test we could to get work.
Dan, breezed through the FCC license test for First Phone, as easily as anyone I ever heard of.
The FBI, and the CIA, came and tested most of the class. Dan and I passed, the exams, but, I couldn't pass the Morse code reading. Dan could do that easily, for he was a special agent for the Air Force in Korea, in the early fifties. His assignment was to stay in this tower on a hill, and advise the military of enemy troop movements.
Well, he did just about the same thing for the CIA for 27 years, around the world, in most places as, in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and developed what was possibly agent orange, and I guess that shortened his life.
He ended his career as a Senior Communications Officer, in the prestigious Paris Embassy, the plumb assignment in the company.

We kept in touch through the years. But, I just learned he died the week after Christmas, last year.
Sometimes opening a card can be less than cheerful.

Part Two

While witting the above story, I was listening to a song by Margaret Whiting, daughter of the famous show and song maestro. His big hit, "Moonlight in Vermont" was also Margaret's hit.
We were assigned to do a Broadway hit show at the time, in Studio 45. During setup, Jimmy McCarthy, and Jim Murphy and myself were standing around musing about the great voice of Margaret Whiting, and all the visual implications that she conjured for all us retreads from World War 2, when Jimmy McCarthy remembered that he was listening to her sing that famous song of hers while making love to a young maiden of that era.
She joined the conversations because she was listening to us reminisce without us knowing she was nearby. We were slightly embarrassed, but, she quickly put us at ease by reminding us that many a GI, got (his first sexual encounter) in the back seat of cars listening to her voice.
She was a great gal to work with, and so relaxed that we were rooting for her success with this pilot.
It was stars such as she that performing work at CBS was such a delight to be there.
Happy Holidays to all.

Tony Cucurullo.

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

This may interest some of you eggheads.

What was the first computing machine? (pre tube era)
You will have to take your pick, depending on what you call a
computing machine.

500 BC Bead and wire abacus ...............................................................................Egypt
200 AD Computing Trays..........................................................................................Japan & China
1632 AD Slide Rule...................................................................................................England
1642 AD Pascaline calculating machine - adds - subtracts...........................................France
1679 AD Pascaline improved so it can multiply - divide
1801 AD Punch Cards used to run looms....................................................................France
1822 AD Babbage "Difference Engine" calculates logarithms........................................England
1833 AD Babbage "Analytical Engine" had memory, could be programmed,
printed card input and output. (Design only)
1853 AD Scheutz & Scheutz of Sweden builds and sells the Difference Engine..............Sweden
1886 AD Burroughs sells first commercial adding machine...........................................USA
1887 AD Hollerith builds a census tabulating machine and wins a
government competition. Uses punch cards. Becomes IBM in 1924...............USA

As with any technology, it is interesting to see how the dates of invention speed up as the technology matures.

When I was in college, we used slide rules and Friden mechanical calculating machines in the labs. They would clank on for half a minute to do one calculation, especially the one that could do square roots. We were amazed! Some students would think up some unique math operation so the machines would beat out a loud mechanical musical rhythm and break everybody up.

The first hand held scientific calculator that came was HP35 (circa 1970). It cost $399.99 and HP thought that department supervisors would buy it for their department and share it with all the engineers. They were stunned
to see individual engineers buying HP35s for themselves. The typical engineer made about $15,000 to $22,000 a year back then. HP sold about 100,000 at the $400 price and easily recouped their $10,000,000 development cost. The price began to drop dramatically with competition from Texas Instruments.

The HP35 actually heralded the era of the "electronics gadget nerd" who would not shrink from spending large sums of money for these new electronic "toys" - setting the stage for the home computer craze.

The calculator and the microchip also heralded the beginning of the end of the concept of a repairman.
Source in part: The New York Times Almanac 1998

Contributed by Ted Perzeszty
Hi Guys.

I was very surprised to see a fairly long obituary in the St. Augustine Record for Gil Wyland. He died of a heart attack on Dec. 2nd in his home in Valencia.
Those of you who knew Gil and had a chance to work with him on various L.A. projects know that he was a very special and creative person.

Pierce Evans

Sunday, December 15, 2002

If you haven't heard, Manny Kaufman is in very serious condition due to cancer. He's at home and under the conditions he's still himself. He's lucid and somewhat frail but he smiles and still listens to stories and can have visitors. Maybe a visit, a call, or a card would be nice. His address/phone number should be in the master list, which is usually mailed out, or e-mailed by Les Burkhardt (who is currently recuperating from receiving a stent.)

This information relayed by Stan Seiller, Ted Perzeszty, and myself.

Friday, December 13, 2002

A Tribute to Joe Tier from Vinnie Castrataro

Joe Tier Tribute
Joe Tier WAS CBS Washington!
GOD bless and keep you, Your friendship was very special to me.
Frank Novack

Tuesday, December 10, 2002



I just read of the passing of joe tier,it brought back many memories of us on
remotes.When i received my "front sheet" from lisa one of the first things i
would take note of was the eic's name.Aside from working with him for many
years on the us open tennis-an event which was extremely demanding for him he
was the first to arrive and the last to leave we worked together on many,many
nfl games, horseraces and other events, conventions included.
Joe had a very natural talent for not placing himself above any of the
crew he was a true friend! We would go out for dinner at least once on every
remote -it was always a fun experience whether it was crabs in baltimore or
pasta in philly,he was truly a rare individual, his ability to work with
production and technicians and gain the respect of both will always be
remembered by me.I totally agree with tony's and bob dailey's comments
regarding him
There were many eic's with whom i looked foward to working with and at
the risk of failing to mention some i will simply say there were many popular
ones,but in my mind joe tier remains unforgettable.I hope he finds the casino
up there.

Thanks for the memories
bob vernum

Monday, December 09, 2002

A great quote - - -

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
- Benjamin Franklin

Joe Tier, Art Tinn, Lou Scanna, Doug Fleetham, Hal Schutzman, and others that were great EIC's,.......... conjure greatness in ones mental image of them.
They commanded respect by their attitude and talents, and working for these men was a pleasure, one did not screw up their remote.
Joe Tier, has to be thought of as one of the great ones.

Bob Dailey informed me that Joe Tier passed one.

Joe, you will recall always seemed to have a cigarillo, (that is a cigar the size of a cigarette) hanging rackishly from the corner of his mouth. That was mainly there, to add to the character of this slightly rotund jovial, man.
What ever CBS required of him, he accomplished without fanfare or trumpets heralding his presence at meetings with managers, and princes of industry.
He was everyone's man, with a capital, "M"
Joe liked to wager a 'bob-or-two on the occasion, that we might have been on remote in Las Vegas, or Atlantic City.
Even at these places of no-chance, I remember vividly that Joe always played the percentages perpiscaciously, and generally would walk out with a coin or two, from the realm of the house.

If your assignment was not to your liking, and if you tried to badger him, Joe would listen to your lament, and then with his convivial manner, have you walking away from him, and being thrilled to complete your miserable chore, with aplomb, on CBS's behalf.
He was a fun guy, a friend, and he deserved to exit these mortal grounds, walking into Val Halla, cigarillo, lite, and that wide grin on his countenance.
Joe Tier, to be known as a great Citizen, this county's finest award.

Tony Cucurullo

I just learned that one of the finest EICs that CBS employed has passed away! His name was Joe Tier and his final days were spent at a nursing home in Penn. He had a great war record as an lSO on a carrier in the Pacific.. He developed diabetes in his later years and lost both his legs...his wife passed on and his 2 kids sort of disserted him. He gave his house to the nursing home so they would take care of him. The only person who visited him was his sister-in-law and a tech named Warren Jarvis. Charlie D'onofrio and I have been in touch with her and we just learned today he had passed away. Since you are the glue that keeps us together, I thought you should know!!!!!

Bob Dailey

Sunday, December 08, 2002

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Tier.

Joe went to Washington with me when we built and staffed the "M" Street studios and we both returned to New York- when that job was done. All that worked with Joe knew him as a talented and kind man with a smile that was iinfectious.

Joe came out of the coal mining area of Pennsylvania and could be as tough as that hard coal and as warm as the fire it produces.

You will be sorely missed.

Sid Kaufman

Sad news:
Just received the following from Bob Wilson
Joe Tier passed away this afternoon. This came via Charley D'onofrio and Warren Jarvis, who had been called by Joe's sister-in-law. Neither have computers but wanted it posted on the internet.

Bob Wilson

Sunday, December 01, 2002

"Happy Thanksgiving........." Bellowed by all yesterday. Today, it was, "Bye Nana........Papa." As the car sped up the block out of view, that's when my heart sank into my overloaded stomach. I felt an ache for my little four year old grandson, Patrick James.
He arrived Tuesday night, and up until a little while ago, he generated enough energy to light one hundred Christmas trees. As I am sure all the children did, that visited grandparents, all over this land from coast-to-coast.
We are tired, my wife and me. She cooked up a storm, for at least 14 people. Even if she didn't hit a home run on all the food, I am quite sure there was at least one item for everyone's palette to enjoy.
But, the highlight of the dinner, was the recitation by Lil Patrick, of all his preschool songs and poems, to the delight of all the women that staid around the dining room table munching goodies and drinking Liquors,..... Er,....that's because all the men were tiring themselves out watching the football game from Detroit.
It's over, at least until Christmas. We won't get to see Patrick and the other children, but, for now I can still feel his little arms around my neck, and me trying to kiss him through his Spiderman's costume.
Have a nice day, folks, and give your grandchildren an imaginary kiss that is guaranteed to land on them, no matter how far they are down the road by now?
A wishful thinking old man.

Tony Cucurullo