Monday, December 29, 2003

Dear Friends:
It is with a sad heart that I send this note. As Tom Brokaw might have said -
"They were the Greatest Generation". He might have been referring to the
men & women who pioneered and built television into what it is today. Time
moves ever forward and the mists of history tend to swallow up those
extraordinary pioneers. And such was the case over this past Christmas
Holiday. A wonderful man and a cherished friend left us on this Holiday:
Henry "Hank" Wieland. He succumbed to heart disease and passed away
yesterday December 28th after being stricken on Christmas Day. He is
survived by his beloved wife Joan and his four devoted children: John,
Katherine, Henry Jr., and Paul. They all can be reached at his home: 16356
N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Unit #1157, Scottsdale, Az. 85260 or Henry Jr.'s home 14001 N. 48th Way, Scottsdale, Az. 85254 480-538-0923.

The wake is being held at Hansen Mortuary, Tuesday from 3:00 - 7:00PM
6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Az. 85254 480-991-5500
The funeral service is Wednesday morning at 9:30AM at Blessed Sacrament Church
11300 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, Az. 480-948-8370 and he will be interred
at the Veteran's Cemetery on Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix, Az.

Howie Purnick

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Information on Hank Wieland Funeral

According to Bruno's message, hank passed away last night 12/29/03

The viewing is Tuesday, December 30 from 2-7pm at the Dessert Hill Mortuary, 6500 East Bell Road, Scottsdale Arizona 85254 Phone # at the Mortuary is 480-991-5800

Service will be at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 north 64th Street, Scottsdale Arizona on Wednesday, December 31st.

Burial will be at the Veteran's Cemetery in North Phoenix....

The home phone number in Phoenix is 480-538-0923 Wife's name is Joan

This is the info I had got from Hank, Jr. Thanks for putting this on the WEB

Happy New Year to you all
Klimy

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Sorry to inform you that Hank Wieland died last night. Seems he had massive blockage in all arteries. He continually ignored the classic symptoms of Chest and arm pains. They did emergency surgery but he had DNR on his chart and they could not do anything to use any devices to help him.

Bruno Fucci
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From Cal Marotta:
I just heard form Bruno, that Hank Wieland died yesterday.
He was a good friend and dinner companion while on remote
which was every week.Bruno,Hank and I were the "three musketeers."
I `m in shock. Please let the guys know.

Cal Marotta

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George Klimsack, called and informed about the passing of Hank Wieland, and would I write about him.
Hank Wieland was an "upfront-kind-of-guy."He spoke as he felt. One never misunderstood his intentions or opinions?
He was a journeyman technician. He did his job as well as anyone else in his field.
But, as you could read from above he was a good friend to a lot of people. His life was on the road. And anyone who lived that life can tell you it took its toll on the body and mind, but his quick wit and fun disposition helped him to make many friends.
And so another chapter is finalized and closed on the CBS technicians list.
Hank is in good company wherever his soul resides.

God Bless him and peace to his wife Joan, and their family.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Lets give credit where it is due. I was in the 103d Infantry Division.
At the time of the start of this battle, the 101st Airborne Division, Commanded by Major Gen Maxwell Taylor was holding Bastogne. Taylor was in Washington at the time and could not get back because of the bad weather.
McAuliffe was the acting commander and his 101st Airborne stopped the German drive. They became known as "The Battered Bastards of Bastogne".

When the smoke cleared, McAuliffe was promoted to Major General and was given command of the 103d Infantry Division, (my outfit). During the Ardennes offensive, the 103d was moved North West to anchor the south flank of the Bulge but we did not take the pounding the the 101st took at Bastogne.

But it was unbelievably c o l d

Submitted by
Pierce Evans

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Pierce Evans, December 16th is fast approaching with the sad reminder to you that, is was the day the "Battle of the Bulge," started.

I remember that Betty Claudio's, father Ed LaBrie, lost his toes in the frozen snow of that era. He came home with a Bronze Star for his efforts.

If I remember correctly it was your "outfit" that endured through this terrible ordeal, but, with distinction.

I am proud to remind those that 59 years ago Brigadier General Mcauliffe, said to the German commander who asked him to surrender, he replied a resounding, "AW, NUTS?"

Pierce Evans, today's young Americans are putting in all on the line to a bunch of coward sniper bastards, in Iraq, and they too, are adding to the page of American Red-White-and-Blue courage.
So we can rest securely in the knowledge that there will always be Americans that will rise to the occasion as you, and Ed LaBrie, did in the frozen Forrest of Ardennes.

Here are some pertinent facts:
The Battle of the, Bulge which lasted from December 16, 1944, to January 28, 1945, was the largest land battle of World War II in which the United States participated.
More than a million men fought in this battle including some 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans, and 55,000 British.

The German military force consisted of two Armies with ten corps (equal to 29 divisions).
While the American military force consisted of a total of three armies with six corps (equal to 31 divisions).

At the conclusion of the battle the casualties were as follows: 81,000 US with 19,000 killed, 1400 British with 200 killed, and 100,000 Germans killed, wounded or captured.
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Tony Cucurullo

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Help & Information Needed ASAP!



Hi, my name is Chuck Pharis. I am retired from ABC Network in Hollywood. I was a Senior Video Engineer. I have 38 years in Tv Engineering.
I am now consulting for a HBO Movie that will be shot early next year.
The movie is called "1952". All about historical events that happened that year. One of the story lines is about the CBS News coverage of the 1952 Political Conventions and the Presidential election night coverage.
We are going to re-construct (or at least hope to) an exact duplicate of the CBS Network News Studios in NY and the set up at the conventions and on election night.
I need some help on finding photos of the equipment used by CBS News in 1952. Both in the News Control rooms and Studios, and at the conventions and election central. Also of the Univac computer used.
I need photos of cameras, monitors, switchers, mics, audio boards, remote trucks, etc. We really want this to look as real as possible.
Also crew members and what they wore.
Some scenes take place in the News offices, so I need help there too.

Getting the equipment should be no problem, as I have one of the largest collections of vintage Television equipment in the world, and there is also a Prop House out here in Hollywood that will make up anything we need. This is (suppose to) be working studios and control rooms!

Please check out my web site to see my collection:

Pharis-Video

I hope there are some "old timers" still left that were on the crew in 1952. Not only do I need photos, I would also like to interview them.
They would be a part of history (again)!

Please let me know if you can help me?

My contact information is:

Chuck Pharis
Hollywood, Calif.
chuck@pharis-video.com
Home 818-834-8999
Cell 818-802-1603

Thanks,
Chuck


Friday, December 05, 2003

Dear friends:
The message that Fred Lopez had died was passed onto me late Wednesday evening by Jim Rose, Audioman, of the "Letterman Show."
Somehow it wasn't published in time for all those friends of Fred that could attend the wake held in Riverdale.
Andy Gatto followed it up with an additional email message.

Fred, was a good and happy-go-lucky guy to be around. On the many remotes I worked with him, I came to appreciate that his fluency in Spanish was a big help to CBS at the events of the tennis matches held at Forrest Hills.

Fred was as good as an audioman as there is. He could fill in on soaps, news,sports, and all the shows. But, his friendliness, and good humor and his ability to help others was the keystone of this gregarious man.

I think though that his willingness to bet a bob-or-two on a game of chance, was his seeking of the lost treasure that we all seem to pursue in vain.
Fred, may have lost more than a few of those chances, but he never will lose the friendship and respect of his coworkers.

Peace be with you,
Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Sad news
I was just informed by Tony Cucurullo via Jim Rose that Fred Lopez passed away.
He is being waked at: Riverdale on Hudson, 261 Street in Riverdale. Hours are 2-4 and 7-9

Friday, November 28, 2003

Don't Eat Farmed Raised Turkey!!! - A rebuttal by Jim Herschel



Avoid farm-raised turkey, eat wild turkey only! Boy, anyone who has tried to hunt a wild turkey knows how difficult it is to imitate the call of an amorous turkey, so why the title of my article?
I hope this opening statement has got your attention, because I would like to take issue with the "Bottom Line" magazine article posted by Tony Cucurullo. Tony, I'm not taking issue with you personally, but this article really got to me and I love seafood, especially Salmon. Being retired with lots of time on my hands it got me to look into the "facts" of the article. Tony, you are always encouraging everyone to submit articles for the Web Site so here is my lengthy contribution.
I could probably write a similar article about the dangers of turkey farming that could parallel the information in the Salmon farming article, but this would only perpetuate a lot of myths instead of being a factual article. I don't profess to be an expert on Aquaculture but a little research on the subject certainly brings into question the "spin" of the "Bottom Line" article. Let me first state that it is my belief, that we as individuals have a lot of complex choices to make in the foods we eat. The food production industry has come a long way in meeting the needs of providing foods to the millions of people inhabiting our planet. I would be the first to admit that some mistakes have been made in the past but by and large food producers are doing a good job in providing enough food to sustain our world's population. This sometimes requires the undertaking of new technologies in the production of foods. At the present time most of the Catfish, Tilapia, Shrimp and Salmon sold in our supermarkets and restaurants are the product of Farm Production.
There are about five major species of Salmon, and Atlantic Salmon is the one that has proven to produce the best yields for fish farming. The largest producers of farmed Salmon are Canada, Norway, Chile and Britain. The increase in Aquaculture ventures comes at a time when Global fishing is rapidly reaching or exceeding its sustainable limits.
Let me get back to the "Bottom Line" article and several myths and untruths this piece has presented as facts. For those who would like to compare my research with the "Bottom Line" piece, I have tried to address each issue as they chronologically appeared in the magazine article. The "Bottom Line" statements are in Italics.
The article starts off by saying that farm raised salmon contain 2/3 less beneficial Omega-3 Fatty Acids. This statement is untrue because the USDA Nutrient Database states that Omega-3 is essentially the same for both farm and wild Salmon. So why the claim in the "Bottom Line" article? A little research on my part shows that this claim was attributed to Dr. Frank Hu of Harvard. Dr. Hu has stated that he was misquoted and that the Omega-3 data of the USDA is correct!
The article goes on to state that the farmed Salmon are not healthy. There is no basis for this charge other than the alarmist propagandizing of environmental extremist who have their own agendas on a variety of issues. As expected the Lawyers have also picked up on this issue and they are seeking their piece of the Bonanza! Let's examine the health issue charges.
Farmed Salmon are hatched in plastic trays. Yes they are, under very sterile conditions otherwise the hatch rate would not be productive. All hatchery fish are similarly raised.
Farmed Salmon are raised in unsanitary-crowed cages. I'll admit to the crowed statement because to do otherwise would decrease the efficiency of Aquaculture farming. Unsanitary cages? Again economics of the farming process dictates otherwise. Unsanitary conditions would affect the harvest yield so why would these companies allow this to occur? Aquaculture is a high technology business using computers, lasers and automation in the hatching, grow out and harvesting of the product.
Farmed Salmon are fattened with soybean pellets laced with pesticides and antibiotics. Fish feed is produced from soybean to which ground fish byproduct is added. The producers of the feed are very careful in their production to make a safe product that is approved by the USDA.
Farmed Salmon are injected with a synthetic dye that gives them their pink color. This is the most erroneous statement in the farmed Salmon debate. The nutrient that imparts the pink flesh color in both farm and wild Salmon is astaxanthin, whose synthetic equivalent is an USDA approved additive in foods. The level of astaxanthin found in the flesh of both wild and farmed Salmon is essentially the same. The wild Salmon ingest natural astaxanthin when they feed on other marine nutrients. Farmed raised Salmon are not injected with astaxanthin, rather it is added to the fish feed. While the farmed Salmon get a synthetic astaxanthin, they process it by the digestion of their food in a similar manner that the wild Salmon ingest their natural food. It is also interesting to note that hatchery raised Salmon destined for release to enhance wild stock also receive astaxanthin as a nutritional supplement in their feed.
The fish farming industry claims they provide a healthy food at an inexpensive price. This is one statement of the article that is absolutely true. Twenty years ago Salmon was only found on the menus of the most expensive restaurants. Today, just about everyone can find farmed raised Atlantic Salmon in their supermarkets at a very affordable price.
The "Bottom Line" article states that the Salmon farming does not protect the wild population from over fishing. I don't know where the author's facts came from but as I previously stated, Global fishing has reached or exceeded its sustainable limit for most fisheries. Wild Atlantic Salmon certainly fits the category of "over fished".
Farmed Salmon contain higher levels of PCB's than wild Salmon. This is another myth that was perpetrated by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group (EWG). This group purchased 10 Salmon and had them tested by an outside laboratory. Their findings showed that the 10 fish sample showed an average PCB count of 27 parts per billion (ppb) which is 99 percent under the USDA tolerance of 2,000 ppb. This sample is far from being an in depth scientific study of PCB contamination in farm raised Salmon. In fact wild Salmon taken from
some waters contain even higher PCB levels than found in the EWG study and the EPA has issued consumption warnings about the fish taken from PCB contaminated waters. You might ask why the PCB in Salmon. Unfortunately, we have polluted our lakes, rivers and oceans with PCB's that concentrate in the fatty tissue of all fish. Wild Salmon ingest PCB' contamination from eating other marine creatures. Farmed Salmon ingest their PCB's from the ground fish products that are added to their fish feed. It's a vicious cycle we must endure but in my opinion the risks are very small. One of the things that I personally do when eating any fish, is to remove any fatty parts and the central nerve line in the center of the fish's bone structure.
The statement on antibiotic residue and the killing of other marine life is another questionable item. I don't know the source of the Author's data but my research could not substantiate any scientific studies to substantiate this as fact. There are some concerns that this could happen but no actual data to this effect could be found.
Pesticides used in Salmon farming are killing shellfish and other bottom dwelling creatures. Fact or myth? This statement is based on a study that showed that the bottom areas directly below the fish holding cages were devoid of shellfish. This is not surprising since the heavy concentrated fish population in the cages produces a large amount of fish effluent that killed marine creatures that try to live directly under the cages. There is no evidence that this has spread over a wide area of the sea bottom. One of the remedies for this localized problem is that several fish farm producers are now building landlocked pens into which they are pumping seawater. Admittedly I don't know if their plans call for any treatment of the discharge water, but maybe this is something that needs to be done.
I already discussed the astaxanthin issue but as far as the ban on sunless tanning pills, I can only say that the synthetic dye added o the fish food is currently USDA approved.
I disagree with the Article's statement that the solution is simple. The USDA has made mistakes in the past. Our food suppliers have also made mistakes. You as an individual have to make the decision whether there is a risk in eating certain foods. All too often people take a magazine article and believe all it contains. I don't know why this particular article got to me, but I decided to do a little of my own research on this subject. I firmly believe that the world's food producers must become ingenious entrepreneurs to be able to produce the food stores that will be required to feed our planet. This is a rather lengthy response to the "Bottom Line" article. If you took the time to read it, I hope it might have shed some light on the Salmon issue.

Submitted by Jim Herschel

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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Updated Statistics



If you click on the "Statistics" button on the home page, there is a wealth of information available for the current quarter.
Select a month of interest and you can see usage by hour, day or month as well as what pages were most frequently
accessed. You can also see where are users are coming from by country, browser type and ISP. While some of the information is a bit cryptic, "play" with it and you will soon be able to read it like a pro!
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Saturday, November 22, 2003

Salmon Is Good for You, Right Not This Kind!

Salmon is a great source of healthy omega- 3 fatty acids. It's great for your heart, your brain, your skin and your joints. But if you think all salmon is alike, then think again!

If you buy salmon at the supermarket, chances are good that it doesn't come from the sea, but from a fish farm. And farmed salmon is anything but healthy.

Farmed salmon are hatched in plastic trays ... crowded into unsanitary underwater cages. . . fattened with soybean pellets. . . dosed with antibiotics and pesticides. . . and injected with a synthetic dye that gives them their pink color. (Without the dye, their flesh would be an unappetizing, pale gray.)
The fish-farming industry claims this provides a healthy food at a reasonable price. They also claim that it protects the wild salmon population from over fishing. But the facts show otherwise:

First of all, although farmed salmon are far fattier than their wild cousins, studies show that they contain two-thirds less of the omega- 3 fats!

Second, studies show that farmed salmon contain much higher levels of cancer-causing PCBs and dioxins than wild salmon.

Third, farmed salmon contain more antibiotic residue than eggs, meat or any other farm-raised animal products. And this antibiotic use has created resistant strains of bacteria that are killing the other fish in the ocean!

Fourth, the pesticides used by salmon farms are killing shellfish and other bottom dwelling sea creatures.

And fifth, the pink dye used on the salmon contains canthaxanthin, an ingredient used in sunless tanning pills that has since been banned for human use!

For you, the solution is simple: Avoid farmed salmon and eat wild salmon only. Wild salmon is available at most natural food markets and upscale gourmet restaurants. If in doubt about the fish's origin, simply ask your waiter, chef or store manager.

Submitted by Tony Cucurullo
Copied from "BOTTOM LINE magazine

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Herbert "Chico" Claudio
1924-2003



Schwalbe, Desmond, Sullivan, Slattery, Murphy, names of giants in their field as "Boom men," at CBS.
They captured the sounds, of the myriad live shows that CBS put on the air.
But, the "Little man" stood on their shoulders as a nonpareil.
His name, "Chico," transcends for anyone to know who he was as a technician at CBS. In his post CBS days he won two Emmys working on the "Seasame Street Show."
Chico, along with Herb Schwartz, participated in WW II as combat cameramen in the Pacific theater. He Was a First Class Petty officer.

Chico had a large family, having been married before, but he had two people in his life that go beyond family. His wife Betty and his friend Ted Perzeszty, "My brother", as he always called him. In his life there couldn't be a closer relationship than between him, Betty and Ted.
Betty always said, when buying gifts or presents, "I must buy two.", and the big joke when Chico got sick was that she would purchase a wheel chair for Chico and Ted so that she could push the two of them on the Long Beach boardwalk.
I was happy to see Chico at the last CBS Retirees Luncheon this past October. He came in his wheel chair and was greeted by all.

I am trying not to be maudlin about this, but Chico, Betty and Ted are great friends to anyone that knows them. I know Ted and his wife, Patricia, will keep the spirit of Chico alive as will all of us that loved him as well.
To Betty and Chico's children, I wish them to always remember Chico as the "fun person" that was in their lives.

Chico, rest in peace, my dear friend.

Tony Cucurullo


Chico Claudio





I would like to say hello to other former CBS'ers. This past August...I left
CBS, after 28 years, to form my own consulting company. I spent many years
as a cameraman, TD, and Tech Mgr. both in studios and field. There are too
many friends and comrades to mention. Please add me to the mailing list.
Thanks,

Steve Gorsuch
Director, Broadcast Operations
United States National Tennis Center

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Dear Dave.....Today I received an Email from Roger Forster's daughter-in-law on
behalf of Roger's wife, that Roger Forster passed away 11/15/03 in
Charlotte,NC, after a long struggle. They thought we would like to know, as
Rog touched so many lives with his passion for life.....Russ Gainor

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AVOIDING IDENTY THEFT



* The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them.

* If someone takes your check book they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

* When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.

* Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home or Never have your SS# printed on your checks (DUH!) you can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

* Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit card, etc., You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.

* Keep the photocopy in a safe place. Carry a photocopy of your passport when you travel either here or abroad.

* In case your wallet or purse is stolen:

Here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:
We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily.

* File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important:
Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number.
The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

The numbers are: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
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Sad News



I have been informed by Russ Gainor that Roger Forster died on Nov. 15, 2003

Les Burkhardt
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Help & Information Needed!




Hi, my name is Chuck Pharis. I am retired from ABC Network in Hollywood. I was a Senior Video Engineer. I have 38 years in Tv Engineering.
I am now consulting for a HBO Movie that will be shot early next year.
The movie is called "1952". All about historical events that happened that year. One of the story lines is about the CBS News coverage of the 1952 Political Conventions and the Presidential election night coverage.
We are going to re-construct (or at least hope to) an exact duplicate of the CBS Network News Studios in NY and the set up at the conventions and on election night.
I need some help on finding photos of the equipment used by CBS News in 1952. Both in the News Control rooms and Studios, and at the conventions and election central. Also of the Univac computer used.
I need photos of cameras, monitors, switchers, mics, audio boards, remote trucks, etc. We really want this to look as real as possible.
Also crew members and what they wore.
Some scenes take place in the News offices, so I need help there too.

Getting the equipment should be no problem, as I have one of the largest collections of vintage Television equipment in the world, and there is also a Prop House out here in Hollywood that will make up anything we need. This is (suppose to) be working studios and control rooms!

Please check out my web site to see my collection:

Pharis-Video

I hope there are some "old timers" still left that were on the crew in 1952. Not only do I need photos, I would also like to interview them.
They would be a part of history (again)!

Please let me know if you can help me?

My contact information is:

Chuck Pharis
Hollywood, Calif.
chuck@pharis-video.com
Home 818-834-8999
Cell 818-802-1603

Thanks,
Chuck

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Sadness, is the cloud that looms about us, and pervades in us when a dear one departs in spirit, to what we all hope is the better place for a soul to be. Earthly pain is gone, and rest from the toil of a life time is in place.
Dave Minott, who has carried with great dignity and aplomb the heavy burden this year of two elderly parents and a dear wife that required hope and prayers too.
This week his beloved mother, Ruth, 87, passed away.
Dave had to attend to this in Florida, and to comfort his father, Lou, who is 91.
We wish that his consummate universal knowledge will afford him the salve of peace that will soften this loss of his beloved Mother.
She was named for one of the books that is written in the bible.
To Dave and his wife Holly and their entire family, we wish them peace.

Tony C.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Larry Tisch is dead! The one that killed the giant, CBS. He brought CBS to its industry's knees. He along with another pipsqueak, Ed Grebow. They contrived to siphon off the assets of the dynasty that Mr. William Paley and Mr. Frank Stanton assiduously put together.
On the CBS news, Dan Rather assigned his only attributes that he was a WW2 veteran.
I wrote in our 1212 News that he was "The Barracuda of Wall Street," that appellation became his, and the Wall Street Journal, and others used it quite often.
It isn't Christian of me to speak ill of the dead, but I list some of his of his acquisitions:
He owned CNA Insurance, Lorillard Cigarettes and University Cancer Hospital. The man knew how to make money. Now I leave it to you to draw your own picture.
I wished him well when he bought CBS, for I thought with his business acumen he would increase the net worth of our company. What he did was skillfully fillet the different companies to fill his own pockets. I have no truck with that, for it was good business...for him.
He beat us, I am not sure if it was fair and square, but as a gambler I wish I was on the same side of the ledger with him.
May he rest in peace, as he awaits his judgment...

Tony Cucurullo
Seventy-Fifth Anniversary ( C.B.S.)
Date: 11/13/2003 2:15:45 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: EgPascul
To: Tonycucu



HI Tony ( The Strunze )
I've been meaning to respond to your comment on the Retirees Net , but never got around
to it up till now -----That is, regarding their ( C.B.S.'s ) 75 th Anniversary Program .......
In regards to what you wrote about their neglecting to mention ( at all ) any credit to the
the Engineering or Technical end of the Business . I ,(and I'm sure a multitude number of
others ) , certainly share your sentiments regarding how it was handled !!! But I think you'll
agree that in the past , neither the Company nor the Show people per say have ever given
credit on a "large scale " , publicly ------I think we've always had to settle for and be thank-
ful for any recognition we received on a personal level ---from any Talent we may have had
the pleasure of working with or our immediate "bosses " , T.D.s , supervisors etc., etc.....
Correct me if I'm wrong , and I think you should know----
Isn't it a fact that any Movie or Program made for Television "has to " by Union Ruling roll
the entire Credits when shown for Public Consumption ----I guess we more or less missed
the boat here !!!!!
Best regards ;
Gene ( The Provolone )

Gene;
We not only missed the boat, but the pier sank also.
They cared for techs. But, in the IATSE they have to print the logo on all movies.
I just had to get my point in though.
Tony C.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Upcoming Mini-Luncheon




Hi everyone,

We have a mini-luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th, 2003 at the East Bay diner, 2405 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY, at 12:00 noon. The same diner as last time. If there's any problem let me know.
Let me know if you can make it as I have to give an approximate count to the Diner.
Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Tony Casola
tcasola1@optonline.net
516 541-2263




On a past occasion I listed the names of as many of those CBS men and women that I could recall that had served in the Armed Forces of the United States. I was remiss in the fact that I couldn't and didn't know all of those that had served.
CBS has had many that served on the different battlefields, in the wars and conflicts over time. And there were cameramen that covered stories and were not recognized for there efforts. So this year I would like to salute all the veterans that went to places that only they would recall.
And too, the sailors that can only say they stood watch on a gun position in the terrible roiling waters of the North Sea, or in the boiling hot sun of the South Pacific, or off the coast of Okinawa during the Tsunami that crushed cruisers and tankers alike.
Serving, or having served, during any of the periods in the lifetime of the CBS people is what I am attempting to conjure for you to reminisce about.
I remember some the stories from Dwight Temple and Bob Abernathy about being Radio Telegraph operators during their trips about the world. Some of their reflections were chilling, and some were poetic as seen from within in their mind's eye.
But one only has to name some of the more prominent areas and battlefields to know that the people of CBS rendered their lives in defense of this country's ideals and values.
I shall start with my Father and Uncle in the fields of France in WW I and list the others as best as I can.
WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
KOREA
GRENADA
VIET NAM
THE SIX DAY WAR ISRAEL
DESERT STORM
IRAQ
and all the lonely posts that our service men now walk diligently.

On November 11th, 2003, there will be a bronze plaque installed on the Walk of Honor, in Norfolk Virginia, honoring all the Seals, and the other units that make up "Silent Warriors" of the past and present.
My service during WW 11 was in a unit of Scouts and Raiders. We were euphemistically called "Frogmen" and that plaque will include a reference to them.
To all those CBS people that served this country whether in uniform, or in the true patriotic spirit that drives this nation on to greatness, take a moment to say a silent, "Thank you," to those that served at your pleasure.

Tony Cucurullo
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Looking for Help



I'm working on a book project involving the Ed Sullivan Show telecast of February 9, 1964, Episode #778 at Studio 50, New York and wish to find CBS engineers who were in the theatre that day and that night. Can you advise how I might post a request for info or hook up with someone involved?
Cheers and thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Harvey Sawler
forerunn@nb.sympatico.ca
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Hi Everyone,
We have a mini-lunch scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th, 2003 at the East Bay Diner, 2405 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY, at 12 noon. The same diner as last time.
Let me know if you can make it as I have to give an approximate count to the diner. Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Tony Casola
tcasola1@optonline.net
516 541-2263

Friday, November 07, 2003

"Trains and Light Rail"



The Tenafly Public Library is presenting a display entitled "Trains and
Light Rail" in its exhibit cases through November 29.

Created by Tenafly resident Albert Cafiero, with technical computer
support from Tenafly High School Librarian David DiGregorio.

Tthe display features historic photographs of the Tenafly Station built
in 1873, historical maps of the Northern Railroad, time tables for the
Erie Railroad, authentic ticket stubs dating back to World War I, a
chronology of the Northern Railroad since 1859 and much more.

Light rail is highlighted in the display with trolley models, out of
print publications, historical photographs of the trolley that ran
through Tenafly, Englewood and Edgewater from the William R. Agnew
Collection, NJ Transit light rail maps, modern photographs, a 1911 map of
the Englewood Line and more.

The exhibit, which surrounds a NJ Transit model of contemporary Light
Rail, also features an ongoing video display of prints of historical
railroad stations and trains from our area including Tenafly, Norwood,
Piermont, Cresskill, Nyack, North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park,
Leonia, Englewood and others.

The Tenafly Public Library is located in the Municipal Center at 100
Riveredge
Road.

Shorted Pills



Here is a note we just received from Steven Seligman. Be vigilant!

More than just a couple of times I've found that when my wife and I have received our pre-
scriptions from Express Scripts, we've been shorted pills. Never more than three, most of the time just one but when you're paying in some cases well over a dollar a pill, it can mount up. When we've called, they,ve replaced them but either they're doing it on purpose which I doubt or they run a sloppy shop which is more likely. It might sound petty but a fixed income is a fixed income is a fixed income.


HEY, LOOK HERE

I stumbled across a great website for all you old time engineers. Before the invention of calculators and computers there, was the SLIDE RULE, and IT was king. This site will inform you about anything you ever wanted to know about slide rules. The site is dedicated to William Oughtred, the inventor of the modern slide rule. Try it, you'll like it. The website is: http://www.oughtred.org

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty

Thursday, November 06, 2003

11-05-03 02:13 PM EST Dow Jones Newswires



NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp.(NASDAQ-NMS:MSFT) (MSFT) announced the creation of a $5 million reward fund for information leading to the capture and conviction of individuals responsible for launching damaging computer viruses and worms, and put $250,000 each on the heads of those responsible for unleashing the original Blaster worm and Sobig e-mail virus.

For more information go to Morningstar

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

75 years



CBS celebrated the glory years associated with all of the stars that are gathered in the heavens, or was that MGM's famous sobriquet.
CBS deserves to be proud of the shows that they put on the airwaves for America to enjoy. For William Paley surrounded himself with the biggest and the best stars. But, he also acquired the very best in technical help, from the slide rules of the engineers, to the skilled audio and television technicians. The artisans of the theater, the directors, script writers, the stage managers, the stagehands, the electricians, makeup personnel, and property people.
We know the value and the contributions of all these people, but the viewing audience has only a cursory knowledge that there are ancillary people that perform all sorts of functions.
So why then could there be such a grand scale pat on the back for the "Talent," only, and but, one comment for a below the line employee.
Of course this sounds like sour grapes on my part, but I feel that a Cronkite, or any of the luminaries could have squeezed in, or made a gracious comment about all of the engineering and technical advances that came from within the rank and file of this great company.
We may have been paid for our efforts, but what the upper echelon has never fully understood that most employees work for the greater good of the company.
I can tell you that many people that I worked with were very happy to be employed in the industry, and to make as big a contribution that they could offer.
Well, I guess I will take another pill and call it a day, having vented my spleen. I wish there was a wailing wall for disgruntled technicians.
Tony C.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Here is a story as told to me by Rupert Baron, stage manager for the Ed Sullivan Show. Rupert attended the CBS luncheon on October 14, 2003 and deserves the credit for this story.

One Sunday night, in the middle of the last commercial, the producer told Rupert to tell Ed Sullivan that the show was short and to fill for 30 seconds. Rupert told Ed, who reassured Rupert that he’d take care of it. Back from commercial, Rupert cued Ed who said “well good night everybody and Merry Christmas”. That show aired live on July 14th.

Submitted by Ron McGowan

Sunday, October 19, 2003

The following is from an interview by "The Hollywood Reporter"

Gayle DePoli: Success of Ms. Television
Profile for The Hollywood Reporter

"It's Not Rocket Science," according to Gayle DePoli founder of Pink Slip Productions. "It only takes common sense and natural analytical ability to succeed in live TV." But what exactly does it take to make television a reality?

Gayle, who has won both Emmy awards and Peabody awards, has worked throughout the world in various production capacities. After many years of experience with CBS, Showtime, MTV Networks. NBC, Pay Per View, and The Olympics, Gayle has seen television from all aspects. Gayle DePoli, Aunt Gayle to those in the biz, has had a rapid rate of success as a woman in the Television Industry.

Gayle has a deep background in technical production, with skills as a technical producer, director, and video technician. Gayle was the first female Technical Director for CBS. Martin Solomon, technical consultant for CBS and former Director of Operations, describes Gayle as "the best". He promoted Gayle three tunes in a short period. He says, "From a technical aspect, she learned and retained at a rapid pace. Better than anyone I have ever seen. When she became a technical director she had the ability to get along with everyone, from people who were superior to her to people who were a lot older than her. She's all around perfect."

Linda Gierahn of Country Music Television describes Gayle as having "one of those personalities, though, that makes you feel like you've known forever, and you can't imagine what your life must have been like before you knew her." When told that she is described at being innovative and creative Gayle says, "Innovative? Nothing earth shattering. Creative? Doing the best you can with little or no budget. That takes lots of creativity."

Gayle's ability to work with others is one of her most notable successes. Linda says, "In business, she is always a professional, no matter what comes her way. Even in the most stressful situation, she figures out how to make it work, without ruffling anyone's feathers." When asked how to describe her communication skills, Gayle bluntly say$, "Let's just say I know how to get my message across without pulling any punches. Sometimes it may not be the most politically correct way of doing business, but when all else fails to get the message across a good, 'it's ain't gonna happen folks' is a good attention getter."

According to Linda, "Production is such a mess by nature, the most important thing [in Production] is to keep your cool and 'never let them see you sweat.' If you can multitask, be street smart, and just figure out how to make the impossible happen, then you can make any show come a success. I've seen her (Gayle) do it many times." Martin agrees, "Gayle has a unique ability to grasp a problem and solve the problem, in such a manner that she never rubs anyone the wrong way."

In a dog eat dog industry; Gayle feels that verbal communication just isn't good enough. "Paper is the best way to watch your own back, and it should be demanded of those that work for you as well."

After receiving three Peabody, three Emmy Awards, an MTV Moonman, and many other nominations, Gayle's most rewarding experience was her work on America: A Tribute to Heroes.
America: A Tribute to Heroes was a major production that was put together in about five days. Gayle describes her emotional experience. "It was something that HAD to be done more than WANT to be done. T felt very proud and honored to be a part of a team that would do anything to get this show on the air without a flaw." She goes on to say, "Nine days had passed since the WTC tragedy and the city still had the feeling of being one giant funeral home. Airing of this show became the launching point for people to feel able to go on with their daily routines again."

When the show went on air, Gayle clicked through Manhattan cable from her transmission control center, and saw that other than a few children's television stations, the show was being seen around the nation on every channel imaginable in the US. She said, "It brought us to tears that were uncontrollable."

After achieving many accolades, Gayle now "takes more of a mentoring role." When told that she has inspired people, especially women, she says, "I'm flattered, but people should be inspired by science, cures for diseases and finding world peace." Those that she ha$ inspired call her Aunt Gayle, When asked how does it make you feel to be called Aunt Gayle, she says, "Although some people might be offended because it could be an age reference, I find it a term of endearment. There is a certain amount of trust that
"Aunt Gayle" was just the beginning. From being a microfilm clerk to the first female technical director for CBS, Gayle success reached an all time high when she was named Executive in Charge of Production for MTV Networks. MTV Latin America named the studio that Gayle helped build, "Mama G's- The DePoli Broadcast Center."

Gayle's experience, knowledge, and confidence are irreplaceable. Gayle has worked in the Television Industry for over three decades. Gayle, a pioneer in the industry, was one of the first women to achieve a high executive job in the male dominated television industry. Being a woman in production is quite a challenge, and to be respected by both men and women is an accomplishment all in itself.

Gayle remarks, "It was totally a man's world back in the day and to have a young woman break down the doors with respect made it easier for others. Today most women take their role for granted." Today women make up 25.9 percent of the workforce in the Entertainment Industry. Martin says. "Because of Gayle, people (women) have been able to learn more and to move on to bigger and better things." Linda agrees that Gayle is "really a true success story. Of course, today things are easier for women, but only because women like Gayle were able to pave the way for the rest of us."

Submitted by Marty Solomon






Saturday, October 18, 2003


October 14th, 2003, a very respectful autumnal day. A fine day to wear jackets and ties. The luncheon was held at the Radisson Hotel, on an obscure street in Englewood N.J.
The drive up from Virginia was unremarkable but enjoyable because of the anticipation of seeing friends and coworkers. My wife deemed to come with me because she now thinks I have limited driving range, and too an extent I do, but now and then I take a five, (Not a Gil Miller five, but a legitimate break to clear the cobwebs from my remaining brain cells).
This was my first trip in a while to attend the luncheons. I wish I could be there always, because the camaraderie and welcomes were there upon entering the door.
That's when the lies and embellishments were layered on with a trowel. The "You look great," and "Hey you took off weight..." or, "Paula, if you ever want to leave that old man..." were there by the toilet bowl full, for all to enjoy.
I was happy that most of the old codgers were wearing name tags, but,.... that caused the severe bending at the waist to see the name tags with these G-D bifocals, that the Lord foisted upon us to help pay for our sins before being called to the schedule desk in the sky.
They had a bar that was a "Cash bar" meaning... only those that were there without there wives could go and hoist a few before the meager, but ample lunch was served.
There was much milling about, and that afforded us to socially dance and pick those that we could sit with for what ever reasons that one could think of.
Chico Claudio one of the stellar stars of the studio show crews attended in his wheel chair. I remember pushing Chico on the boom, as I was reminded by Marty Solomon, so I dutifully pushed him about the room and he was greeted but all. His lovely wife and my dear friend Betty Claudio escorted him.
Tony Casola, who used to be an associate to the venerable Fred Schutz, put this affair together, along with the help of Ted Perzeszty. This isn't an easy task for these two, for it entailed the research to find this place, while keeping in mind the cost factor. Neither of these fine men is paid for their efforts. They do it because they care, and are willing to sacrifice time for friendship. A resounding applause to them, and all that helped.

As I perused the room, and noted the physical changes to the avoirdupois of some of the people, it also was notable that quite a few of the men there were still quite selectively handsome. They didn't seem to age as most of us did. I am refereeing to the likes of Nick Giordano, Sandy Bell, Big Bob Pieringer, and Al DeQuinzio. They seemed to have found the fountain of youth.
If I failed to mention your name, sorry, maybe you didn't wear the right tie, or something?
It was noted that Dwight Temple celebrated his ninetieth birthday, and we are reminded that there are several CBS'ers in their nineties. I don't think I will make that age, because when I received my Virginia state license I asked that I have "Donor" emblazoned on it, I was rejected because I don't have enough parts that they can use. I at least thought that maybe my productive organ was acceptable, but I failed the Viagra test, and everyone my age is already at the limp stage anyway.
There were enough hearing aids, and bifocals liberally placed about the room. I sat at the table with Al Consiglio and his wife Ann, Al, always had a hearing problem, but Ann told us he could hear her going through his wallet from twenty paces away.
Ted Perzeszty and his wife Patricia are on vacation at this time, they are cruising the Danube River. They remember the story told by the beloved Doris Reardon, who made that trip with her husband the man with the big singing voice Ed. I hope Ted enjoys this trip, he earned it. If you think you have a problem about traveling, consider that Ted had a quad heart bypass, a pacemaker, a defibrillator, and spine surgery, and that doesn't stop him from any activity. He is truly a remarkable man and friend. I have never known Ted to turn down any request for help.

It was nice to see the DeIeso brothers, Mike and Steve there. Along with Bob Callahan, and Klimy. (Don't you kinda feel a little jealous of people that can get by with nicknames or acronyms? Like, Klimy for Klimscak, or just plain Chico, and you know immediately who they are?) I always knew who Bob Dailey was talking to when he used to yell, "Jesus Christ, focus........" I knew it was me?
Art Tinn always the gentleman, absent though without Lou Scanna? Charlie D'Onfrio, a legend easily. Sitting with them was Tony Ancona one of the best golfers in CBS.
George Gray, easily recognizable without his garish red tie, sitting comfortably with Big Brain Bob Guercio. Morris Drucker was lost without his eternal light box, but he was listening to Water Freedman revisiting CBS history.
It is in my recollection that this is the first time Chic Gulino visited with the Retirees. He lives out in the desert, near Phoenix, Arizona.

There many other fine people that visited with us that Tuesday. Joan Sullivan, wife of Jerry, told us that she is going to art Classes to increase her already formidable art talent.
I don't want to be remiss and not mention that I spoke to one of the finest human beings I have ever met in my life, Ernie Lowe.

There was also two of what we euphemistically refer to as the young CBS'ers. Charlie Carlucci, (son-in-law of Don Costarello) and Mike Singer. I implored them to get involved and try to keep this Cosa Nostra, (This thing of ours) going. After all, for the most part most of us are in the home stretch and we need an infusion of young blood, from those that are still working, to add to the history of our company.
I have dragged this on too long, and if I didn't mention your name, it is because the little grey cells can't remember them all. But, I truly love all of you. For all the good or bad you were a very big part of my life. And I constantly think about you. I just wish you would contribute a story or two. And let all of us share a moment in time with your story.
Well, for now I will say Buona Notte e' sogni d'oro (Good night and Sweet (Golden) dreams)
And no, I didn't forget Ruppert Baron; I told him that there were still elephants to be brought on stage, sheesh....... OK quiet, Charlie ready, fade up on one............

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Sad news
Received a phone call from Tommy, who works in CBS construction shop that Harvey Hausman passed away Tuesday, October 14th.

Tony Casola

Monday, October 13, 2003


Just watched the today show which did a feature on the concorde, it will sadly be making it's last flight this month.My ex-wife and i had the privelege to fly the concorde back from london in oct 1983,she was a UAL employee with connections with british and air france airlines.
While on our vacation in nice she was notified that british was offering airline employees and spouses concorde travel on a specific date at the unheard of fare of $400.00 each!!We naturall jumped at the opportunity since we reasoned that as private pilots we would more than likely never have the chance to fly supersonic at 59,000 feet at mach 2.2.
The entire experience was something that i would like to wish on anyone interested in aviation.The follow up to this story is:the flight took 3 hours 15 minutes the drive home to rockland took 3 hours!
Sorry to see the concorde go.

Bob Vernum

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Note:

Brings back memories of my Field Engineering days for Visual Electronics, when I did some work at KIRO in Seattle, WA. (late '60's.)
I used to drive past the Boeing SST hangar almost every day, daydreaming of supersonic flight! The full-sized painting of the SST on the side of the building was awe-inspiring!

Dave

Friday, October 10, 2003

CPSC Warns: Millions of Americans Have Smoke Alarms that Don't Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11) the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that millions of homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms that do not work. Usually, the batteries are dead or missing.

Since most of the U.S. will gain an hour when Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, October 26, the CPSC recommends that consumers make good use of the extra hour by changing their smoke alarm batteries and testing the alarms to ensure they work properly.

"Parents and children should make safety a family activity by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms annually," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "And be sure to test the smoke alarms every month to make sure they are working."

Fire is the second leading cause of unintentional death in the home. Each year, nearly 2,700 people die in residential fires, and there are more than 330,000 residential fires reported to fire departments.

Although 10 percent of homes have no smoke alarm, millions more do not have any working alarms. CPSC recommends consumers test each smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working properly. Long-life smoke alarms with 10-year batteries have been available to consumers since 1995. These long-life alarms also should be tested monthly.

CPSC recommends consumers place a smoke alarm that meets the requirements of a professional testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), on each level of multi-story homes outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. CPSC has worked to strengthen smoke alarm performance and installation requirements and is now studying audibility to see if there are ways to make the alarms more effective in waking children and alerting older people.

Each year, CPSC works with other federal agencies and fire safety organizations to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by fire. Local fire departments have installed smoke alarms in homes, distributed safety publications, and made presentations in schools. CPSC encourages officials at the federal, state, and local level to promote fire prevention and to work with local organizations to disseminate fire safety tips.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Hi Dave:

I think it might be a good idea to post the following information on the
Web Site:
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++
W32.Swen.A
W32.Swen.A is a new and destructive computer worm that is disguised as an
official email from Microsoft. The file comes attached to a note asking the
recipient to install a "September 2003, Cumulative Patch" to protect
against vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Outlook, and
Outlook Express.

If installed, the Swen worm will attempt to disable antivirus software and
personal firewalls. It will also compromise email accounts by sending
additional copies of itself through infected computers.

To protect yourself, do not open email attachments unless you know the
sender and are expecting the attachment. Do not run updates and security
patches that you have received as email attachments. Microsoft does not
transmit security patches via email.

For additional information on this virus, go to:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.swen.a@mm.html
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++

I have received many of these emails in the past few days. Perhaps one of
our group is infected
and is not aware of it.

Thanks Dave.....73.....
Jay Chicon

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Here's an e-mail I received from a CBS old timer. I thought all of you would appreciate its sentiment.

Hi Ted,
Received the announcement of the next get together. I am Joe Carr*, part of the old group of CBS/ABC attendees. We were in the layoff of 1961, & didn't return when called back. Most of us ended up in ABC management, & retired from there.

The reason for this "note",is that with all the recent losses of old friends,death & moving away., I wonder about attending anymore ,as who would know me.? I mentioned this to George Klimscak recently. I know Bob Wilson is doing well thank god, but the loss of DiGiovanna, Muio, Tonn, Scanna, Maier, McGraw, Schutz, has left me feeling empty.
I cannot attend the New Jersey affair, & in the past have attended the Swan Club the past 13 years. For the first time, I feel that attending the spring one would leave me feeling "out-of-place". I would hate trying to make conversation with men who I am no longer compatible with.
I wish as always, the best to everyone, CBS was to me & still is ,...the place where my heart lies, & I know I am speaking for Joe Dg also.

A big Hello to Tony Cucurullo ......

Thanks for the time for reading this, but time marches on & has past me also.
Joe Carr

*Joe's phone number is 516-935-7309

Friday, October 03, 2003

Hi Everyone,
The October 14th CBS Luncheon is coming soon, which will be at the Radisson Hotel - Englewood, NJ. So don't forget, mail in your checks soon. October 9th is the deadline date.

Tony Casola

Monday, September 29, 2003

Received this letter from the Arnold family. It was mailed to Tony Cucurullo at P.O.Box 45, Massapequa Park, NY.

9/26/03

Dear Tony Cucurullo.

My mother received this in the mail this past week (The luncheon notice).
My father, Orian M. Arnold passed away on October 20, 2000.
I am not sure if you knew this. I do not know how many people my mother notified.
She is in an assisted living place here in South Carolina.
There is no way she could attend since she has broken her hip this past July and is on the mend. She will be 84 this December.
Again, thank you for remembering her and my father.

Yours truly,
Craig Arnold

p.s. Janet Arnold did write me a letter notifying me of Orian Arnold's death over a year ago.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

In Memoriam


It is my sad duty to report the death, August 29, of Jim McQuiston, after a long illness.

Jim was born in 1924 and grew up in DesMoines, Iowa. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy, as a Fire Control Technician on the destroyer Aylwin and survived the sinking of his ship. After the war, Jim earned a degree in Architectural engineering from Iowa State University. This discipline, which combines the aesthetic considerations of architecture with the nuts-and-bolts of building, was particularly appropriate to designing complex broadcasting facilities that became Jim's specialty.

Jim joined CBS Facilities Engineering in 1950, the year he graduated. This was a time of rapid expansion of the fledgling television industry and Jim soon became an expert in planning and design of radio, television and recording facilities. In Facilities Engineering, he headed design for many years, teaching generations of staffers and outside architects the rudiments of the craft. He retired in 1988.

More than for his technical expertise, Jim was known for his warmth the friendliness. As one former colleague put it, "Simply being in his presence made you feel good".

Thoughts and recollections would be welcomed by the family and may be sent to his widow:
Mrs. Marion McQuiston
1 Alpine Drive
Closter, NJ 07624-2808

E-mail: MJimMarion "at" aol.com.

J. Horowitz
718-544-5105
FAX 718-544-0031
I received the answer to my question about Lou Scanna from a phone call from Ted Perzeszty. Thanks Ted.

Tony Casola
Should I add a new "blog?"

From time to time, when I come across some information that I think is useful, even though it may not pertain to broadcasting, I have been posting it here. If enough of you feel that I should start a new area called "Heads Up!", or Alert!", or something similar, I will be happy to do so.
As a matter of fact, I WILL do this, however, I will leave it up to our users to select a name for this "blog."

Here are some choices...
1. Heads Up!
2. Alert!
3. News you can Use

If you wish to submit another choice, please do so, but remember that these "broadcasts" may cover a wide area of topics.
I will wait about 30 days before selecting the title with the most votes.

Put on your thinking caps, and fire up the email - send them to The Webmaster@cbsretirees.com

Federal Laws Protecting You Against Fraud

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) establishes procedures for correcting mistakes in your credit record, including unauthorized accounts. You have the right to receive a copy of your credit report for free if you suspect you are the victim of fraud. Your credit record may only be provided to people with a permissible need for the information (for example, a landlord or creditor) who must keep the details confidential.

The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) limits your liability if your credit card is lost or stolen. If someone uses your credit card without authorization, the most you are liable for is $50 in charges. (Financial institutions sometimes do not even ask for that much). If you dispute a charge on your card, the creditor has 90 days to resolve the matter, and you may withhold payment of the disputed amount during the investigation. For certain loans secured by your home, the TILA gives you three business days to cancel a contract without penalty-a big protection against a "predatory" home loan. The Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA), part of the TILA, provides other consumer protections if you withhold payment while disputing a credit card charge.

The Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) limits your liability for the unauthorized use of your ATM card, debit card or other device (not including credit cards) used in handling an electronic deposit, payment or withdrawal. If your ATM or debit card is lost or stolen, your liability under the EFTA is limited to $50 if you notify your financial institution within two business days of discovering the loss or theft. If you wait more than two business days to report a lost or stolen card but you notify the card issuer about an unauthorized transaction within 60 days of the date the bank mails the statement containing the error, you could lose as much as $500. If you wait longer than that, you may be liable for $500 plus the amount of any unauthorized transactions after the 60-day period. However, to promote the worry-free use of debit cards and ATMs, many financial institutions are voluntarily treating the fraudulent use of those cards as if they were credit cards-that is, a maximum liability of $50 per card, and sometimes less.

Note: No federal law limits your losses from check fraud, but you do have protections under state law. For example, most state laws hold the bank responsible for losses from a forged check, but they also require the bank customer to take reasonable care of his or her account, including monitoring account statements and promptly reporting an unauthorized transaction to avoid being liable for losses.

A report from Virginia

Well, I'm back! Hurricane Isabel is finally over with. It takes a storm of that force to clean this Italian. We escaped with just debris, and the loss of all that food in the freezers.
We are putting in a claim for all the sauce that Paula stored in those jars, that she keeps for later meals. I don't give a damn about the steaks and such, but my spaghetti sauce, I will kill for.
My neighbors didn't fare as well, several had trees that split their homes down the middle. Yet, others had trees that fell within inches of their homes and didn't leave a leaf on the building. Several cars got completely totaled.
Except for the inconvenience of "No lights" for seven days, we didn't do too badly. Having a candle light dinner gave a romantic atmosphere to the setting. Not to worry though, for it was only a setting, we had my mother-in-law with us all the time. And though Paula occasionally made my favorite dish, Pasta primaviagra, nothing worked besides the candles.

This morning when I went back on line, (and too, the WEB Page) I noticed some more of our people have passed on, how sad it is to read about people that we integrated with.
While reminiscing about them I scrolled down to the bottom of the "Dates" and clicked onto the first ramblings I posted, I was happy, once again, to see the names of some of the old timers I wrote about. Try it, you will be refreshed again to see these vignettes of those bygone days.
Try to make the luncheon, and enjoy each minute, for those in attendance are the treasures of your past.
And finally, someone bring a lawn mower and trim D'Onofrio's eyebrows.

Regards,
Tony Cucurullo
The luncheon notice that was mailed to Lou Scanna was returned. Does anyone know of his whereabouts? His address is 1845 82 St., Brooklyn, NY. Would appreciate any information.

Regards.........Tony Casola

Tuesday, September 23, 2003


The Free Vacation Scam


"Congratulations! You have won a free, 4-day, 3-night vacation for two in beautiful, sun-drenched Bermuda." Sound too good to be true? It is. When you get a postcard or letter in the mail (or an unexpected phone call from an unknown company) promising a complimentary vacation in an exotic spot, someone is probably trying to make you a victim of the free vacation scam. Don't fall for it.

If you are first contacted through the mail, you will be asked to call the company to claim your vacation. But there's always a catch. In the most common form of this scam, to be eligible for the free vacation you will be required to pay a service charge or to purchase a membership in a travel club, and that may cost you as much as $200-$300. Don't pay it. And do not, under any circumstances, give the company your credit card number or even just its expiration date.

If you do join a travel club that happens to be run by a con man, here's what you can expect. You will receive a travel packet describing your vacation. But there will be many restrictions on when you can take your trip. You may also be required to pay an additional handling charge of up to $100 to book your reservation. The travel dates you prefer will very likely be unavailable. If you complain, you may be offered an upgraded plan for still another additional fee.

If you are one of the few people who actually receives a vacation, you will most likely be booked into substandard accommodations. Most people who join a fraudulently operated travel club will never receive anything. Ultimately, as the law closes in, some vacation scam operators will close down, move on, and set up operations elsewhere and bilk other unsuspecting consumers of their money. You will be left without the promised vacation and a much smaller balance in your bank account.

Many recently detected vacation scams have operated out of Florida, Houston, and the Los Angeles-Orange County area. But such operations can originate anywhere in the country and can be easily recognized by their common characteristics, as outlined above.

If you have been victimized by a free vacation scam or fraudulent travel club, or if you receive a suspicious solicitation from one in the mail, please contact your postmaster or the nearest Postal Inspector.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Hi guys,

yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry Stahler at the Ladies Luncheon event (husbands were allowed this one time). Jerry replaced Bob Hammer as head of Operations at BC. I worked for him, but I couldn't recognize him. Finally I realized why. When he took over I was at the Outside Studios and rarely went to the BC, so I never had the opportunity to meet him personally. Before that he was in the Stations Division.
Jerry says Ralph Greene from CBS Radio lives in the Moss Creek area and will try to get me information on him. A friend of mine says that he knows a former producer at CBS and will also get me the information. Our group is getting larger.

Attached is a picture of the August 2003 Mini Luncheon when I visited Long Island. You may recognize a few faces.
Keep in touch.

Jorge Moran

08-10-2003 Mini Lunch
(From left to right: Everett Schuval, Robert Barratta, Pete Deller, Ted Perzeszty, Tom Maloney, Tony Casola, Jorge Moran, Lou Wiggan)

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Another old-timer heard from:
I received the following letter today.

9/12/03
It has be 30 years since I left CBS, but it has been enjoyable to receive the mailings. - I'm always looking for names of people I did some work with. So you can imagine, however, with the passage of time those names have popped up less and less frequently. Now I live in the mid-Hudson Valley area, but next week I'll be moving to a home I'm buying that's even farther north from the NYC area.
Thanks again for the mailings. They have been received with pleasure and appreciation.

Blair Allen

Monday, September 15, 2003

Received sad news from Eleanor Crane.
Richard W. Crane died on June 26, 2003 of a sudden heart attack. He was 86 years old.
Tony Casola

Website Viewing



I would strongly suggest using Internet Explorer Version 6.0 as your browser, as other browsers may NOT display our pages correctly.
I have just tested our current Newsletter under the Netscape 7.0 browser and find that it does NOT display some of the graphics.
I have not tested this with any other browsers, so I cannot guarantee their ability to display our pages correctly.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Hello Members,
The luncheon notice has been posted. The date is October 14th, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel in Englewood, NJ. Please take the time to read it.
The letter luncheon notices were mailed on September 11th, and at this time I would like to apologize for the poor graphic printing. I will try to correct the printing for the next lucheon notice.

Tony Casola

Thursday, September 11, 2003



In Memoriam


Isaias Rivera
Robert Pattison




Lord, let us never forget the tragic events that led
to the death of two of CBS's finest employees.
May their families find the peace in their hearts that strengthens their resolve.
We ask, Lord, that this treachery never again befalls anyone, anywhere that freedom lives.



CBS Retirees Association



Gisele MacKenzie, Singer and Star of 'Your Hit Parade'

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON/The New York Times

Gisele MacKenzie, the Canadian singing star of the 1950's television show "Your Hit Parade," died on Friday in Burbank, Calif. She was 76.The cause was colon cancer, said her daughter, Gigi Downs.

Although she was known mainly for her contralto voice, Ms. MacKenzie also traded barbs and violin riffs with Jack Benny and played the piano on her own variety show. On "Your Hit Parade," she sang the most popular tunes of the week with her fellow cast members Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins and Russell Arms.

Gisele Marie Louise Marguerite La Fleche was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her father, a doctor who played the violin, and her mother, who sang and played the organ, encouraged her musical talent. She studied violin in her teens at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, but she began singing and playing popular songs on the piano after school. At a party where she sang for wartime sailors, she met Robert Shuttleworth, a military bandleader, who later hired her to perform with his hotel orchestra.

He became her business manager, and in 1958, her husband.

Ms. MacKenzie wavered between a career as a singer or one as a concert violinist until her $3,000 violin was stolen from a parked car. Her vocation thus resolved, she began singing on a Canadian radio show called "Meet Gisele" in 1946, her popularity earning her the informal title of Canada's first lady of song. In 1951, when she began to sing in the United States, she took her father's middle name, MacKenzie, as her last name. In an interview with The New York Journal in 1956, she
said she worried that the name Gisele La Fleche "sounded like a strip tease artist's."

She sang for two years on Bob Crosby's radio show "Club 15," and when it went off the air, she joined Jack Benny on tour. The attention she gained with Mr. Benny won her a spot on "Your Hit Parade," replacing June Valli.

She appeared on the show from 1953 to 1957, then left to star in her own variety series, "The Gisele MacKenzie Show," which lasted only six months. In 1963 she was on weekly television again, becoming a regular on "The Sid Caesar Show." Over the next four decades, she starred in regional theater and made guest appearances on television game shows and series like "MacGyver" and "Murder, She Wrote." Her two marriages, to Mr. Shuttleworth and to Robert Klein, a businessman, ended in divorce. In addition to Ms. Downs, of Newport Beach, Calif., she is survived by a son, Mac Shuttleworth; a brother, George La Fleche; a sister, Janine Helzer; and two grandchildren.

Copyright 2003 The New York Times

Submitted by
Gayle DePoli



Comment by Tony Cucurullo

I thank you Gayle for these theatrical stories about the different stars of our industry.
I remember quite well Gisele MacKenzie, not as an intimate friend but as a coworker on the musical shows at NBC. In the 1950s NBC would hire studio tech's on a temporary basis. After the Korean War, we were lucky to get any kind of broadcast work, and the temp jobs were handy ways of getting experience. The oddity about all of this is the fact that the STAFF techs, or permanent techs had to work their way up to the major shows on NBC. Whereas I came along from the outside and was immediately put on camera on the "Hit Parade," Philco Playhouse, The Show of Shows. I was very fortunate to get to be the very first cameraman to operate the mechanical zoom. It was a test of coordination of one's skills. It had a brass rod and handle that had a handle that went from the back of the camera through to the lens and it pushed the lens in-and-out for the zoom effect. It was quite a challenge.
On the show, "Your Hit Parade," one of the singers, Snooky Lansing liked to gamble by tossing quarters, I had a lucky streak going when I left NBC and to this day, he still owes me about three bucks.
One of the female stars of the show was an excellent singer but a bit testy at times and would carry on with her demands. But, later when it was Miss Mackenzie's turn at rehearsals everyone was interested in helping her for she was the consummate performer. When you see the stagehands stop to listen to a performer that is in of itself an accolade to that star.
She was an adored person always friendly, and on occasion could get off some funny ad-libs.
I truly am a fan of her voice. She will be missed.

Gayle, I will take this time to wish you a very happy birthday, (Sept. 11th) and to add, that I think of you as one of our personal treasures. You came from that group (1975, the Bartillucci people) and you accomplished so very much. Keep sending these stories about people we associated with, for they are the gilded edge of our memory banks.

Tony Cucurullo

Sad news:
Charlie D’onofrio called me yesterday to tell me that Phil Valastro passed away last night. Phil never worked at CBS but knew many of the CBS retirees, having worked at Sports Network, WPIX, and MSG. He is being waked at Bennett Funeral home in Scarsdale 914-725-1137 Thursday 2-4& 7-9. He will be buried on Friday, September 12, 2003.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Chain Letters



I am posting this as a courtesy to our viewers. From time to time, messages of general interest will be included here.
Dave

A chain letter is a "get rich quick" scheme that promises that your mail box will soon be stuffed full of cash if you decide to participate. You're told you can make thousands of dollars every month if you follow the detailed instructions in the letter.

A typical chain letter includes names and addresses of several individuals whom you may or may not know. You are instructed to send a certain amount of money--usually $5--to the person at the top of the list, and then eliminate that name and add yours to the bottom. You are then instructed to mail copies of the letter to a few more individuals who will hopefully repeat the entire process. The letter promises that if they follow the same procedure, your name will gradually move to the top of the list and you'll receive money -- lots of it.

There's at least one problem with chain letters. They're illegal if they request money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants. Chain letters are a form of gambling, and sending them through the mail (or delivering them in person or by computer, but mailing money to participate) violates Title 18, United States Code, Section 1302, the Postal Lottery Statute. (Chain letters that ask for items of minor value, like picture postcards or recipes, may be mailed, since such items are not things of value within the meaning of the law.)

Recently, high-tech chain letters have begun surfacing. They may be disseminated over the Internet, or may require the copying and mailing of computer disks rather than paper. Regardless of what technology is used to advance the scheme, if the mail is used at any step along the way, it is still illegal.

The main thing to remember is that a chain letter is simply a bad investment. You certainly won't get rich. You will receive little or no money. The few dollars you may get will probably not be as much as you spend making and mailing copies of the chain letter.

Chain letters don't work because the promise that all participants in a chain letter will be winners is mathematically impossible. Also, many people participate, but do not send money to the person at the top of the list. Some others create a chain letter that lists their name numerous times--in various forms with different addresses. So, in reality, all the money in a chain is going to one person.

Do not be fooled if the chain letter is used to sell inexpensive reports on credit, mail order sales, mailing lists, or other topics. The primary purpose is to take your money, not to sell information. "Selling" a product does not ensure legality. Be doubly suspicious if there's a claim that the U.S. Postal Service or U.S. Postal Inspection Service has declared the letter legal. This is said only to mislead you. Neither the Postal Service nor Postal Inspectors give prior approval to any chain letter.

Participating in a chain letter is a losing proposition. Turn over any chain letter you receive that asks for money or other items of value to your local postmaster or nearest Postal Inspector. Write on the mailing envelope of the letter or in a separate transmittal letter, "I received this in the mail and believe it may be illegal."

Courtesy United States Postal Inspection Service

Monday, September 08, 2003

How about a literary applause to Dave Minott for the professional look that the WEB SITE has taken on.
From day one, we the RETIREES, have had a great group of innovators doing us proud with their technical skills in getting this website off the ground.

Adrian Ettlinger
Les Burkhardt
Tony Casola
Ted Perzeszty.

We hope that Dave can keep it going, for it is a formidable task.
So, here then is my literary salute to a fine, and intelligent man, Dave Minott.


Tony Cucurullo

Tuesday, September 02, 2003




Jim McQuiston's passing

To all:

My heart took an irregular beat as I read the message of Jim McQuiston's passing.

I remember Jim telling the story of the time he was on a US Navy ship which sank and he made it off, alive. Jim said that after that experience, nothing bothered him.
He was a gentle man. He was a family man. He was a person with a ready smile. He was a person who would help anyone and simply being in his presence made you feel good.

I have not seen Jim since we retired from CBS in 1988. At that time we talked about our respective plans and finances for retirement. He had charted a course for himself and his family. It is too bad that I did not get to see Jim since retirement. There have been times when I would have appreciated the company of a man like Jim. I never got to meet his family but I grieve with them for one of the nicest people I ever had the privilege be associated with.

If it is possible, please extend my feelings to his family.

VTY

Simon Volinsky




Tuesday, August 26, 2003

LABOR DAY
One day out of every year LABOR DAY reminds us of the sacrifices that the men and women of this world made so that others could also benefit from their travails.
Our Retirees Association is made up of people from many unions, and also nonunion shops. And that is fair as it was necessary for all of these groups to combine for the great success of our beloved CBS.
But, Local 1212, is unique in the sense that the officers of the union were mainly from the rank and file of CBS, ( also the other great shops) too?
But, my reference here is about the characters that toiled on behalf of the technicians. The others in CBS, managers included had a secret wish that we would succeed because they too benefited by our efforts.
While politics played a big part in who would lead the fight for the spoils of the contract, it almost always lured men of resolve and character.
I have written about Pat Finn often for he truly was the moral conscience of the union. He set high standards to emulate.
But, we had those fromidable men that did the actual negotiations; To name some of them:
Charlie Calame
Lenny Bader
Art Korff
Vince Bartiluucci
and of course the ever repressible Mike DeIeso. Mike was born to lead. He could take a stance that bordered on a fist fight if needed, or he could dazzle you with logic.
But, Mike on occasion could be very warm hearted and understanding of the human psyche.
He inspired people such as Ben Taussig to take on assignments when others thought Ben, might be a little brusque in his technique of management practices. Ben, as we know, made a success of the Credit Union.

While Mike could scream, and cajole the Executive Board into dangerous waters, he would be proven correct later on.
One could love, and hate him at the same meeting, but you always knew the union and its welfare, was first in his heart and mind.

Mike will never be proposed for sainthood, but he should be remembered as one of the best negotiators that Local 1212 had.
Here's to you Mike........!

Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, August 20, 2003




FOR THE CBS RETIREES NEWSLETTER

This will appear in the next newsletter, but we thought it should be posted here as well:


October 15th, of the year 2003, will be crossing over into the memory banks of our diminishing brain, along with our receding hairline, that which seems to be winning this inexorable race to the big adventure in the sky.

Yet, there still is another chance to redeem ourselves for any of life's miscarriages, by attending the gala luncheons that the hard-working Directors of the CBS Retirees Association have put together.
And at this time you can resort to hugs and kisses, and kind words too, and perhaps, you might even care to share some of these social graces with a fellow Technician, or two?

The ranks are diminishing, and those that are still employed at CBS, may not have the same filial relationship that we have for each other. It is therefore incumbent upon each of us to nurture and foster with care, all the cherished memories of our past and present.

I have witnessed other organizations in my lifetime, fraternal and military. They hold onto the past with religious fervor because they are bonded by close affiliation by other than work related experiences.
We are not unique in this or any other sense, but we are pioneers with some historical foundation, for we are the cornerstones of a miracle of nature.
From the mythical experiment by Ben Franklin and his kite, to the advancements by the different scientists over the varied physical natures, we contributed by the sheer dint of our cornucopia of talents, the plasma of success of the Radio and Television worlds of broadcasting.

Each person, therefore, becomes a jewel to be cherished and enjoyed, and that is what our luncheons are about, the physical attendance of the future inductees into the pantheon of the broadcast pioneers.

At this next affair try inviting a different set of friends to sit with you, for I feel the intermixing will generate new interests for you, and you may learn some of the delicious tête-à-têtes, which you have always wondered about from some of your compatriots.

Come, share, laugh, and cry in your hearts over the losses this past year, and the years that have gone by for the great friendships that were developed by you, and are now the epitaphs that you are required to repeat in order to keep their memories alive.
Bring a friend, even your wife, but come and enjoy, and peace to all of you, my dear friends, and treasured memories.

Tony Cucurullo




Monday, August 04, 2003

Hello Members,
I have several annoucements to make.

We have made arrangements for our next luncheon which will take place on October 15th at the Radisson Hotel - Englewood, NJ. Notices and mailings will take place in the month of September. Hope you can make it.

Jorge Moran who lives in Sun City, South Carolina will be passing thru Long Island, and will like to meet with some of CBS retirees. There will be a mini-lunch get-together on Monday, August 18th, 2003 at the East Bay Diner in Bellmore, NY at 12 noon. The East Bay Diner's address is 2405 Merrick Rd.
Let me know if you can make it.

Again we like to thank everyone who have made contributions toward our expense and website costs. One of our users has made a generous donation by paying for the upkeep of the website. To him, we extend our sincere thanks.

Tony Casola
tcasola1@optonline.net
Hello Members,
I have several annoucements to make.

We have made arrangements for our next luncheon which will take place on October 15th at the Radisson Hotel - Englewood, NJ. Notices and mailings will take place in the month of September. Hope you can make it.

Jorge Moran who lives in Sun City, South Carolina will be passing thru Long Island, and will like to meet with some of CBS retirees. There will be a mini-lunch get-together on Monday, August 18th, 2003 at the East Bay Diner in Bellmore, NY at 12 noon. The East Bay Diner's address is 2405 Merrick Rd.
Let me know if you can make it.

Again we like to thank everyone who have made contributions toward our expense and website costs. One of our users has made a generous donation by paying for the upkeep of the website. To him, we extend our sincere thanks.

Tony Casola
tcasola1@optonline.net

Sunday, August 03, 2003

I receive the following from Al Cafiero. (He left CBS about 30 years ago)

We took a train ride to Boston last week and went to the Kennedy
Library/Museum.
Unexpectedly saw some old friends of ours.
The museum has depictions of the oval office and other political scenes.
The friends I am referring to were several TK41 cameras, or were they TK42
(the ones with the grab bars on the sides). The had CBS logos.
But what caught me most was a 3C audio console. It was a bit low, looked
like they had cut off some of the bottom.
Looking at it reminded me of a trick I played on Larry Schneider almost
50 years ago. When I pressed in the echo chamber buttons for both boom
mikes on "Valiant Lady" in studio 57 on 109 Street before the rehearsal
started . Having two buttons pushed in connected the mikes in parallel
before the pots. He couldn't turn off either mike
Getting back to Boston they also had a TK63 camera with CBS markings, a
model I never saw. Was it from the Washington studio?
We went there to donate some JFK's Medical Charts. My wife's father, Dr. Paul De Gara was the presidents allergist.


P.S. Thinking back about the RCA Imo cameras I think it went like this:

TK 40 were the original field models
TK 41 were the original studio models, the cameras were the same, the video controls were built into a console rack..
TK 42 were the second field models
The TK 41s were in studio 58. I believe they were exchanged with an O&O station that needed portable ones.
Let me know if I'm wrong

Al & Renata Cafiero
wantsrail@juno.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2003




Re: Milt Haas

Hi, my name is Ed Haas and Milton Haas was my father. While I was doing an internet search, I happened to come across photo #46, a 1951 TVR seasons greetings card, with a picture of my father on it. Amazing!!! I had never seen that before. It was done one year before I was born in 1952. Anyway, I just thought you should know that Milton passed away in 1997. He was very healthy until the last year of his life when he developed alzheimer's, but passed from pneumonia in a nursing home. He worked at CBS from 1936-1976. Even after retirement, he kept a very active life and always spoke fondly about his years at CBS. I have quite a bit of CBS memorabilia from him in the form of photos and papers. One of these days, I will get it organized and probably donate it to the CBS archives. While I was never an employee of CBS, I've had a professional relationship with CBS photo for over 20 years. I am a commercial photographer, and was introduced by my father to the then head of photo, Marty Silverstein. He hired me for many jobs and I've gotten to know many people at CBS. Marty has since retired, and I continue my work relationship with John Filo on 52nd st.

Milton worked on the color system with Peter Goldmark, and when I was growing up, my father used to take me to work with him to the studios in grand central station before the move to the broadcast center.
my father was a great guy and he is missed very much.

regards,
Ed Haas (aka mrbigshot@aol.com)



Monday, July 28, 2003

Thanks for the memory!

I guess every G.I. my age has a Bob Hope story. It was 1945 and the island of Guam was not fully secured as yet. The US Army Airforce was to be stationed up on a hill where the Cee Bee's were constructing a runway capable of handling the big B-29's that were to go on to bomb Japan later.
The field was not quite complete when an airship came in for a landing, and out stepped Bob Hope, along with his entourage, and Francis Langford.
There wasn't any place for a stage so they backed some trucks together and he did a standup.
Marines, soldiers, and my outfit formed a perimeter at the jungles edge. He was great, and gracious, jumping off the back of the truck to shake hands, and give cigarettes, and HOPE above all to all those around him.
The command thought it wise for him to leave, so with after a little refueling of the plane he left, and not one gun, or one eye was facing the perimeter, all were on that plane leaving.
It was nice to see him, but it left a lot of stomachs empty and minds sad. As if your Dad just left.
But, Bob Hope was,..................HOPE.


So, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!


And Rest in Peace

Tony Cucurullo



Sunday, July 27, 2003

When the winter winds blows cold breathes across the tree of life
Then your sepulcher awaits the conclusion of your journey.
This age we are passing through has been so sad as to sap the joy from my heart.

I am still in the depths of sadness, when I read that another fine gentleman died.
Bill Casper:
Bill had finesse about his demeanor that spoke of a more genteel time. I am sorry to hear of his passing.


Then this morning I read of the death of a giant of industry:
The passing of Joseph DiGiovanna.
It is now crying time again. For Joe was a very personal friend of mine going back to the end of the Korean War.
We both started out as Field-Engineers, ( Studio Techs.) at NBC. We were assigned to the studio's on 76th Street that are now part of the ABC net; particularly The Arlene Francis Show.
The maintenance man there was our own Bob Zagoren the best there was at his trade.
When Joe and I were laid-off on Christmas week in 1954, NBC, had us go to the Western Electric Company, as TD-2 Staff Engineers.
We engineered relay stations for television companies across the land. We stayed there until an interview came along for CBS. Joe and I were hired immediately, as Asst. Techs. Bob came in as a full technician.
The three of us took our CBS ID picture shoulder-to-shoulder.
That lasted a year then we were elevated to technicians. Joe went into maintenance.

When we were young, and the children were on the way, Dolores and my wife Pauline, and Joe and I would share a dinner or two.

Joe was the youngest man to achieve the rating of Chief Electronics Mate in the Navy. He had a very keen mind.
In 1962 when we were laid-off from CBS, Joe made me promise him that we would get jobs in different companies. He said he got tired of being laid off from jobs with me.
Well, he went to work for ABC and the rest was history he made it to the top.
I didn't know that Joe had any ailments. I am so very sorry to read this sad news as another tug on my heart.

Joe is a giant of our industry, and he belongs in heart to CBS.

Joe, rest in peace...... Good by my dear friend.
We will see each other in heaven.

Joe, reposa in pace,.......addio mio carrisimo amico
Ci vediamo in paradiso.

Tony Cucurullo