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.