Tuesday, February 25, 2003


A mensche, yes! A good technician, definitely. A gentleman, always.
Manny, was the type of an individual that made you want to be his friend. I guess that included everyone?
Manny, Stan Seiller, Al Thaler, these three, could regale one with poignant, and very funny dialect stories.
During the massive eight week strike, that had all of us walking picket duty, about several locations in the City. We were entertained with a quick joke, or an aside, and then fed by Mannny, as he carried those delicious sandwiches from Rocco's, as he circled the various locations on his bike.
Manny's acerbic wit, and broad intellect, were his hallmark.
While he is certainly one of the many CBS'ers that fill the bill as lovable characters, you would agree, that Manny was multi dimensional.
It is so sad that another from that great CBS era is gone, but his legacy lives on in the reverie of his many friends.

Tony Cucurullo
As many of you may know by now, Manny Kaufman passed away early Sunday morning after a very long battle with Cancer.

Manny's daughter Andi phone me this evening with the details for the memorial funeral service. Manny will have a military funeral.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003
11:00 AM
The Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue
(corner 91st Street)
New York, NY

If you are planning on attending the memorial could you please leave me a message either at this e-mail address or on my temporary office number: 1-212-324-8727 ? Andi doesn't know how many people to expect and prepare for.

Gayle DePoli

Sunday, February 23, 2003

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

Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you
have a PO Box use that instead of your home address, if you do not have
a PO Box use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your
checks -- 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

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his
company. I pass it along, for your information:

We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in
stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards, etc.

Unfortunately I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet
was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves) ordered an
expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card,
had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN
number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and

But 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 your 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: (I never even thought to do

Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to
place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number.

I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to
tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name.
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.

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft,
all the damage had been done.

There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves'
purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since
then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my
wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have
stopped them in their tracks.

The numbers are:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289

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

We pass along jokes; we pass along just about everything. Do think about
passing this information along.
It could really help someone you care about.

From Harry Charles

Manny Kaufmann died this morning. I don't know any details but we are all happy that his ordeal is over.
This information came to me from Stan Seiller who is still working in New York.
Manny was battling Cancer for a very long time.
G-d Rest his soul, he was a king gentle man...

From Lee Levy

Friday, February 07, 2003

CBS had so many great radio shows. Are there engineers and groups that have
copies of these old shows? some may be on records (78's and 33's were used
to distribute the shows and many were broadcast days to weeks 'late' due to
mail problems).

I'm an FCC first class phone ticket holder (now reissued by the FCC as
General Class License).

Is there someone who has made a list of the episodes of the CBS Mystery
Theater Original episodes that is accurate as to the original intended
'air' date and titles?

Any help or ideas in this would be appreciated.

Rusty Benard

Monday, February 03, 2003

Thank you, Tony for your email. Unfortunately, I do not have the web page address. Would you please send it to me?
received a card from the CBS men and appreciated it very much. I hated to tell him some years ago that I just could
not drive to the luncheons. I still drive but I stay way from traffic as much as possible. He understood and did not press
the point, but I knew he was disappointed.

His local radio club was well represented also. He had to stop that several years ago, also.

Carl was 93 and still had his wonderful smile. The church was pretty full and visitation was filled with people.
I knew he would have been very pleased.

He was buried with some CBS vacuum tubes, a mock ham radio set built with whatever could be found including a
1 pound canned ham complete with antenna and knobs , a small TV about 1 1\2 inch cube, a shopping cart magnet
because he loved to buy groceries, and a troll because he was Norwegian. So, his life was well represented.
Oh yes, his building of our homes was also represented with a tiepin that was a hammer.

Yours in Christ, Emily Paulson

Dear Emily:
I am aware that our very close friend and, "Pioneer" Carl had passed away. I hope you read the many pieces of
acknowledgments about Carl that was posted on the WEB page.
More than all the accomplishments that he is credited with, was his ecumenical attitude towards the people he worked with.
He always possessed a true Christian spirit, and was there to help anyone that needed his bountiful skills.
Carl, was a great man in his humbleness.
Peace be with you,

Tony Cucurullo

Sorrow is a personal thing, we each feel it in our inner selves, and at different intensities. This space tragedy was at a magnitude that transcends individual feelings. It carries all of us to a new level of emotions.
The loss of the Twin Towers, or as it is catalogued nine-one-one in our memory bank, was an attack on all of us because it was a devastating event that invaded our homeland, and skewered up our patriotism to a fight-back-level. We are united in that cause, and our in thinking.
The space shuttle was our dreams of success, a thumbing of our technical noses at the world. A mooning to all the dissenters of our successes.
Pride Goethe forth, in Quantum leaps, with every "step for mankind."
We in the Communication/Broadcast world proclaim clarion clear that we are the pioneers of the major broadcast electronic accomplishments, and indeed they truly are grand steps for all people to benefit from.
We posture our position as leaders of this giant industry, and glory in its success.
When failure strikes it is explained to all benignly, and there isn't a painful tearing at our heart strings.
The fallout is the quick-cutting and slashing at the executive board levels. And the figure filberts do their magic with sharp pencils, and the monetary loss is absorbed with no more than a Band-Aid approach.
When the tragedy of the space shuttle, puts the names and faces to the story, it then forces the mind to accept painfully, the personal loss of these wonderful human beings.
The biography's of their backgrounds reveals that the cream of the worlds society, has lost the talents, and the almost monastic inner souls of these focused citizens of this planet.
I will remember their efforts on my behalf, to increase the boundaries of my world so that I can if I choose too i may expand my horizons.
Go, future astronauts, grandly into the skies, and explore the inner and outer space that we may follow, on sky oxen, and covered wagon type flying machines.
Your actions will be heralded as the pioneers of the Universe, as the Magellan's, Columbus, and as the spirit of American fortitude.
Your bodies are here on earth, but your spirits are stars in the heavens for all of us to follow.
God Bless all of you, and rest in peace.

Tony Cucurullo