Saturday, January 25, 2003

Re: Barry Yuzik

For those who would like to send a note of condolence, the following address should be OK:

Ms. Wendy Yuzik
19 Windham Mountain Village Road
Windham, NY 12496

Thursday, January 23, 2003

Poptronics ceases publication:

Poptronics magazine--which evolved from the former Popular Electronics and Electronics Now magazines--ceased publication with the January 2003 edition (Vol 4, No 1).
"After 94 years of publishing electronics magazines Gernsback Publications is no longer in operation," said Larry Steckler, Poptronics' editor in chief and publisher. "Negotiations are under way to provide an alternative publication to Poptronics subscribers." Steckler says a new on-line edition of Poptronics will soon be available. Poptronics Interactive, a separate on-line, paid subscription site announced in the October issue of Poptronics, also is scheduled to return soon, Steckler said. The company plans to post the latest information on its Web site . The site has been undergoing "remodeling,"
but Steckler said it should be back in operation by the end of January. Many veteran amateurs may recall the "Carl and Jerry" stories by John T. Frye, W9EGV (SK), which appeared in Popular Electronics in the 1950s and 1960s. The tales involved the ham radio-related exploits of a couple of teenaged hams.

Submitted by Bruce Schiller


An increasing number of radio commercials feature fast-talking announcers spouting all the "fine print" at break-neck speed. The companies buying the spots may be fulfilling their federal obligations to lay out the specifics, but the manner in which the material is read is not conducive to understanding.
One of the primary rules of radio journalism is to make it clear the first time. Listeners to radio spots, unlike readers of newspapers and magazines, do not have the luxury of going back and rehashing the material to get all the details.
To make matter worse, production companies are speeding up the digitally produced spots so the announcer, although sounding like Donald Duck, actually does say all the material -- but who can understand it?
As baby boomers become a later part of the population, the problem is worsened because a growing number of people do not have the astute hearing they had when they were younger. Since most commercials are written and produced by younger and younger production people, the situation is bound to get worse.
For consumers caught in this "I wish they would slow down" mess there is still a call to the company involved or the radio station airing the spot. Don't be afraid to call and ask. After all, the stations have to fulfill an obligation to broadcast in the "interest, convenience and necessity" of the city of license. And, if the world is not "convenient" to easy listening, make that call.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.
All rights reserved.


The venerable old post office still carries the mail and also can provide "supply" services to your door. For years the U.S. Postal Service has provided "stamps by mail" service, allowing consumers to order stamps and have them delivered with regular mail service.
Did you know other supplies used in regular mailing also can be delivered by the carrier without your ever having to go to the post office? A great variety of "non-stamp" items are available, either for order through mailed-in forms on the Internet at or through the system's toll-free number: (800) ASK-USPS.
Among the most popular items that can be ordered are:
-- Express Mail and Priority Mail labels and boxes.
-- Shipping tapes bearing USPS logos and marked as "Express" or "Priority."
-- Other forms for a variety of special services.
The best part is the items are free -- just as they would be were you to pick them up at your local post office -- and there is no shipping charge.
A recent test of the ordering system showed it took less than a week from the time the phone call was made until the items -- Priority Mail boxes for shipping video cassettes -- arrived.
By the way, the boxes mentioned, designed for shipping two video cassettes, can be used in shipping a wide variety of Priority Mail items.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003


The announcement that yet another CD format is being released reminds us how "obsolete" tape is becoming -- and how frail. Many people have massive collections of VHS videotapes. Some have huge collections on the harder-to-find Beta format. As these tapes get older they can start to deteriorate. If the process continues they can become unplayable and even damage equipment.
So, some hints for those with aging tape collections:
Remember there is a condition called "print through" that often plagues older tapes. When layers of video and audio tapes lie against each other while in storage, some of the information -- in the form of magnetic energy -- can move from one layer to the adjacent ones. The condition is most noticeable on audio tapes where there is an echo often heard before the actual sound and one at the end.
Many archival companies actually record masters at a lower level to prevent this or put a layer of neutral material between each wind of the tape.
One way to prevent this from happening is time-consuming, though. That is to fast forward and then rewind all tapes in storage every year or so.
Many recording studios actually leave their audio tapes in a configuration called "tails out." That means to be played the tape has to be rewound first.
Little can be done to avoid the deterioration that happens with older magnetic tape, except to make sure tapes are kept in a cool, dry storage area.
An incident comes to mind that is symptomatic of the problem. A small Midwestern town's mayor recently contacted a local audio engineer asking about the possible condition of recordings made during the city's 150th anniversary in 1966. The recordings were interviews made on Main Street during the celebration, eventually put into a time capsule for opening and playing in 2016. Would the tapes be playable?
"Possibly," was the engineer's reply. "A bigger question," he noted, "will be if there's even a tape recorder available at the time capable of playing the tapes.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.
All rights reserved.

Forwarded from Gady Reinhold:

Hi Dave;
I have been doing some net surfing and have found some sites which I think would be of interest to those of us interested in broadcasting and its history.
Hope all is well with you and the family. Heard about Barry Yuzik. It's very sad. He was young. As you may or may not know we also lost Maurice St Cyr and I heard that Dave Truly also passed away. All young. Let's enjoy it while we can!!

NOTE: These links have NOT been checked for accuracy, or content! - Dave

Devious Internet Hoaxes forwarded by Tony Cucurullo:

Don't get snared by the latest wave of phony alerts and shams.

Internet pranksters are out in full force these days. Mixed in with the reams of junk e-mail that fill your in-box are warnings about catastrophic new viruses, massive sharks in the ocean, and unbelievable offers of free money from Mr. Bill Gates himself or perhaps a stranger in a foreign land. Although some people have fallen hook, line, and sinker for various ruses, these messages usually turn out to be pure scams or chain letters.

Check out our list of the latest Internet hoaxes that are jamming our in-boxes. Some of the hoaxes might sound familiar, or perhaps you've run into slight variations on their themes:

10. Bill Gates Has Cash for You

The ostensible Bill Gates may have reached out to you before in other bogus e-mail messages, but this time he is telling you that you have won something. And you're in luck. A check is in the mail. This e-mail, which contains a lot of inane tax information, lets you know that the "Bill Gates E-Mail Beta Test" has been completed. And as a participant, you will receive a check for roughly $28,000. (You remember signing up for that particular beta test, right?)

You are asked to contact the person listed in the message. Sadly, the phone number rings through to a telemarketing company that sells herbal supplements. The e-mail address turns out to be The physical address in Washington, D.C., doesn't exist. Remember the old adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

To see more about the variations on the Bill Gates hoaxes, visit HoaxBusters. For details about similar hoaxes doing the rounds, check out About's Hoax Encyclopedia or HoaxBusters' category list.

9. Do Damage to Your PC

It's amazing how many people mess up their own PCs by following the advice of a hysterical non-expert--often someone they don't even know. One e-mail, which is still on the loose and has several variations, urges you to delete an executable "virus" called jdbgmgr.exe. The e-mail tells you that the virus avoids detection by antivirus programs like McAfee VirusScan or Norton AntiVirus. It also says that jdbgmgr.exe will stay quiet for 14 days before damaging your machine and deleting files. However, jdbgmgr.exe is not a virus and can do no harm to your computer. Jdbgmgr.exe is the Java Debugger Manager--a part of Windows. If you delete the file, then some Web sites that rely on Java won't function properly when you visit them.

If you believed this hoax and deleted the program, don't despair. Microsoft tells you how to replace jdbgmgr.exe if you zapped it. For additional details about the Java Debugger Manager hoax, visit You can also browse through's A to Z listing of hoaxes. For tips on how to identify the red flags, check out "How to Spot Virus Hoaxes a Mile Off."

8. MSN Gobbledygook

If you encounter an e-mail subject line with unpronounceable mumbo jumbo, chances are it's a sham. One such e-mail chain letter tells MSN users that their screen name has been added to the MSN ß®øöô¥£.¼ Hacker List and threatens to harm them if they don't pass the e-mail on. Naturally, as with most chain letters, recipients will be spared the harm if they simply forward the e-mail.

In this case, recipients got specific instructions: They needed to forward the e-mail to 10 people within 45 minutes of opening the message. The group making the threat claims to be able to track recipients' e-mail activity to determine whether the orders were followed. Not to worry, such e-mail tracking is generally not possible. If you get this one, delete it and move on with your day.

For the full text of the chain letter, see HoaxBusters and click the link for the MSN ß®øöô¥£.¼ Hacker List Threat.

7. IRS False Alarm

Here's a scam about a scam that didn't happen. It begins with an e-mail claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. This e-mail warns people that a non-IRS source is conducting a scam "e-audit," asking taxpayers to submit social security numbers, bank account numbers, and other confidential information within 48 hours to avoid being penalized. Although a warning about this non-IRS audit did appear on the Michigan Department of Treasury Web site for about a week, the whole thing turned out to be false. You can read more about the IRS non-scam at About's Urban Legends.

Of course, while this particular scam did not occur, there are plenty of others that are real. The IRS has posted some information on current scam operations.

6. Life Is Beautiful...or Is It?

Another virus hoax delivered by e-mail--citing Microsoft and Norton as authorities--warns you that you might receive an e-mail with a deadly attachment called "Life is beautiful.pps." The PowerPoint file is supposed to wreak all kinds of havoc with your PC. According to the hoax message, if you open the attachment, you will lose everything on your PC, and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail, and password.

While it is possible that a PowerPoint presentation could contain a virus, there are a few clues to tell you that this is a hoax. First of all, the writer insists on two occasions that you send the e-mail along to everyone you know--something reputable software companies would never ask you to do. (Also note that the publisher of Norton AntiVirus products is Symantec, not Norton.) It tries to add more credibility by citing an imaginary company, UOL, as another authority. And it says that the creator of the PowerPoint file "aims to destroying domestic PCs and...fights Microsoft in court." That's a bit far-fetched (not to mention bad grammar).

Read more about the hoax at HoaxBusters or Symantec's Security Response page.

Received from Al Cafiero:

There were a few little mistakes in the comments copied below:

I left CBS 35 years ago, not 20 years ago.
I retired from ABC 15 Years ago.
I do live in New Jersey.
However, remember the old show biz saying:-
I don't care what you say about me as long as you spell my name correctly.
It is Cafiero, like in "You have nothing to fear but Cafiero himself!"

"Thanks to Al Caffuro for the Telop images. He left CBS and went to ABC about 20 years ago. He is now retired and living in New Jersey."

Monday, January 20, 2003

Once again the specter of death reared its ugly head and we are informed that Barry Yuzik died. Barry was a talented Engineer/Technician. But, perhaps he will be remembered as a technician with a talent for work-saving devices that were less productive but, ingeniously crafted.
He was a fun person to work with. And his mind was always on a plan or scheme to make huge sums of money. But, his plans were not to ask for investors from his fellow workers, but rather for him to involve his talent alone. These were a challenge to his enormous intellect.
While some of his plans might not have been for everyone, he was always riding in the latest sports car, and he did have the finest of accoutrements of life.
His entrepreneurial skills had him involved with several different successful enterprises. I remember, a Wallpaper store, a Shopping Mall, a Printing business, and others.
Barry surely belonged with the gifted maintenance men that CBS seemed to have an abundance of. If he had applied these skills, and work ethic of his, to CBS alone, he surely would have reached the upper echelon of maintenance managements.
He wasn't a "bon vivant" but he was a good friend to all that would accept his rather different work behavior.
I wish Barry could have lived longer, but I am sure that wherever his spirit is at the moment, he is surely stirring the pot.

Tony Cucurullo

I am very sad to report that Bunny Schoppe called me to report
that her husband Robert R. Schoppe, Jr. passed away recently
from brain and lung cancer and was buried in the National Cemetry
at Calverton, Long Island. He was 75. Bob worked for Columbia Records and
then CBS-TV for many years. He is survived by his wife and two
daughters. Bob was an avid Ham (WR2S & WB2FWS) and enthusiastic
Radio Control Model Airplane builder/flyer.
I will miss him.

Jay J. Chichon

Friday, January 17, 2003

It is with sadness, that I must report the passing of Barry Yuzik. The current information is scant, but I believe the funeral will be held today, upstate New York.
I have no further information at this time, but will post more soon.
Those who knew Barry will miss his good humor, and resourcefulness....Those Control Maintenance oldtimers will fondly remember the "Barry Machine!"
I hope to be speaking to his daughter, later today, and will relay any further information.

Dave Minott

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Happy birthday to Bill Murtaugh.

It is because of the pioneering efforts of a superb Engineer/Technician such as Bill, that we, the recipients of his legacy, were able to enjoy a lifetime's worth of experience in a budding industry.
Bill Murtaugh, Dwight Temple, John Triesner, and so many more are the Paul Bunions and the true pioneers of this Broadcast communication industry.
Their contributions in establishing Radio, and it's ancillary units, Sound Effects and Transmission, were the building blocks that inspired the miracle of Television.
Their skills achieved artistic levels of performance. They aspired for perfection and it made for the listening habits of a nation coming out of a devastating depression.
The writers and the technicians created images by sounds. Bill, and the others, filled our reveries with the glories of imagination.
They lived on the cutting edge of creativity.
The compensation was less remunerative and more one of self-satisfaction.
Bill Murtaugh, a Very Happy Birthday, and a resounding thank you, for your efforts.

Tony Cucurullo


Hi Tony,

As I am coming up on my 87th birthday next week I have been giving some thought as to what might happen upon my death. I am in good health and normally active. Although my driver's license is still current, my much younger wife normally does the driving, as I figure that if I had a fender bender I would be blamed due to my age, even though the other driver was too drunk to walk.
Here's my question. In the event of my unexpected demise, who does my wife contact at CBS? At the time of my retirement I took a lump sum payment and invested the money in an IRA account, so there is no annuity from CBS. Are there any other benefits that I should know about? (I always felt badly about that CBS widow that buried her husband in an orange crate. I stand corrected. She was the widow of an NBC engineer.)
I am sitting here in my home office looking at a huge panoramic photograph of 167 broadcast engineers that were attending a conference at Ohio State University on a very cold, snowbound weekend in Columbus, Ohio, in 1940. In the front row is my old friend from Cleveland, Carl Smith (Chief Engineer of WHK and founder of the Cleveland Radio Institute),Professor Bill Everett, (his famous book on radio engineering was on every engineers bookshelf), and Major Edwin Armstrong (inventor of FM radio, the superheterodyne circuit, and about everything else in radio since Marconi). Quite an experience for a 24 year old kid! I was working for WNBC, New Britain, Ct. at the time. I drove as far as Cleveland, but the snow got too much for me so I took a train for the rest of the trip. Great memories! (Bill Everett and I worked together in the Pentagon
during WW-II).
Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of the retirees, I appreciate it.


Sunday, January 12, 2003

Check the "Photo Reminiscences" page for a bunch of new images, as well as the new "Famous Faces" page in the "Photo Gallery"!
If any of you have similar items you have photographed, send 'em in, and we'll publish them.

Thanks to Al Caffuro for the Telop images. He left CBS and went to ABC about 20 years ago. He is now retired and living in New Jersey.
Above info relayed to me by Ted Perzeszty.

Dave Minott

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Hi Everyone,
It's around that time for our min-lunch get-together. January 22, 2003, 12 noon, is our date. it will be held at East Bay Diner, 2405 Merrick Rd.,Bellmore, NY. Phone number is 516 781-5000. Bring your wives or dates along, and enjoy the day with us.
There is no reservation needed, but I would like to have an approximate count of those attending. If the weather is bad, I will post the cancellation on the web page and make the necessary calls.

Tony Casola
516 541-2263

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Here's some interesting trivia about TV
Was there ever a real TV Channel 1?
Yes! We need to go back to the Empire State Building for this one.

David Sarnoff, the head of RCA, pushed early TV experiments in New
York City (1930s). He used the top of the Empire State Building for
his antenna and transmitter location. The RCA experimental TV
Channel was not in the current band used for VHF TV Channels 2
through 13.

When the FCC picked TV Channels to commence regular commercial TV
broadcasting, they only authorized TV Channels 1 through 5. The
authorized TV Channel 1 was very close to the band RCA was using for
their 1930s experiments. When regular commercial TV broadcasting
commenced on July 1, 1941, NBC (owned by RCA) only had to adjust
the experimental TV transmitter to the newly authorized TV
Channel 1.

In 1946 the FCC dropped the TV Channel 1 completely but added VHF
TV Channels 6 through 13. NBC had to abandon TV Channel 1 and move
to their current TV Channel 4 allocation in New York.


Various Sources:
A History of Broadcasting in the United States, E. Barnouw (3 Vols.)
The History of Television N. Goldstein 1991
The First Fifty Years of Broadcasting 1982 BPI


More TV trivia:

The first use of the word Television in print was in Scientific
American in 1907.

Experiments in TV transmission, as we known them today, began in
the 1920s.

The first experimental moving TV image from the Empire State
Building was a statue of Felix the Cat, spinning on a record

The CRT was first used for video in 1900 . . . in Russia!

Read "The Empire of the Air" by Tom Lewis! A good book!

Contributed by Ted Perzeszty

Wednesday, January 01, 2003


I was saddened to read of the passing of Carl Paulson. Carl spent his entire career at CBS working in the construction shop and the CBS Labs. I supervised Carl for more then seventeen years in the shop and he was always a pleasure to be near. He was an excellent wireman and a true gentleman. We shared many a laugh together and he will be missed.

Bill Naeder

Carl Paulson died peacefully on Thursday, December 28, 2002 after a long illness. He was 93. He is survived by his wife, Emily, after celebrating 59 years of marriage; his son, Carl Shepherd; and daughter, Caroline; his sister, Junice Bielke; and nephew, Randall Charles Bielke and his wife, Dantena. Carl Paulson was born in 1909 of
hardworking Norwegian ancestry in Galesville, Wisconsin, graduating as high school valedictorian. Electronics and early radio fascinated him. During tough economic times, he attended the University of Minnesota and the RCA Radio School of Chicago. He worked hard for several electronic firms, obtaining his radio Operator License. He
found work as a radioman on tugboats and tankers in the 1930s. In wartime, he repaired radio equipment for American Airlines, and later on worked briefly at Los Alamos. Building his own TV set from scratch after reading a magazine article about it, he was hired by CBS and worked as a technician during the early days of television in the development of color television, and later in a division of the first video recording. He spent his vacation time in extensive travel with his family, and sometimes worked as a radio officer on some of the big luxury liners to South America and the Mediterranean. Ham radio was a passion his whole life. He planned and constructed two fine family homes. In retirement, he helped maintain three properties until his late 80s. He was a devoted member of the Wallkill Reformed Church for many years, and actively helped out friends and neighbors in his closely-knit community. He was a member of the Orange County Radio Club, Wallkill Historical Society, Wallkill Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockland County Audubon Society, and helped with Meals on Wheels. He had a tremendous energy for hard work and a great interest in how things worked. He was always explaining the "how and why" of things. He was a real problem solver. He was known to all as a wizard, who with his magic fingers could fix almost anything. Attaining an incredibly high degree of technical skill, he also had an abundance of down to earth common sense "know-how." He never liked to waste time and practiced clean living with a healthy lifestyle, enabling him to focus great energy towards his family and many accomplishments. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 29 at the Wallkill Funeral Home. The memorial service is Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at the Wallkill Reformed Church. The Rev. Keith Tamlyn will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wallkill Reformed Church and the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner. Arrangements were made by the Wallkill Funeral Home, Wallkill.