Friday, March 28, 2003

Teddy Status

I spoke to Ted earlier, and he is recuperating (at home) nicely. He probably won't be using his computer for a few more days, but I'm sure he would love to get a get well card or two! The tests did not turn up anything specific, and he will be going for a nuclear stress test soon.

NO, he will NOT be strapped to a bomb, like Chill Wills!!


Tuesday, March 25, 2003

You have heard this before but one of the finest human beings I have met and I have had my share is DON MCGRAW.

Ned Steinberg, your drawing of him is beautiful and a real saver. The only thing missing is for him to have a screwdriver and pliers in his hands.

During the glory days of CBS News special events unit under Bob Wussler, he wouldn't move without having Don with him. There were so many
stories that will now go with Don... Don was a master of improvisation and he did remarkable things. One of them that I do recall was during the
Southern segregation days (I am not sure if it was in Alabama or Mississippi - my mind is getting a bit fuzzy on details.) In those days we were
very competitive with the other two networks--.but there was a march and we lacked communication gear and Don made a deal with a taxi company
and we used their radios for our use..We bought the taxi company for the day.

Don came to work with me at the Ill fated CBS Cable and led the team to get that operation on the air. This was in the very early 80's before CNN or
ESPN were major players.The powers that be went for a cultural programming format ala PBS at Mr. Paley's request. So we folded in less than a year.

Don, you enriched the lives of so many of us you are sorely missed.

Sid Kaufman

Ned Steinberg's artwork of Don McGraw

Ted Perzeszty Status Report

I just got off the phone with Ted's wife, Pat. She said that the angiogram went well, however, they managed to break a catheter,
so Ted had to undergo some minor surgery. He will remain in the hospital until, at least tomorrow.
Pat said that, in the future, they will use a "less careless" hospital! (This one is Stonybrook University Hospital.)
Although it will be far less convenient for them, they will use St. Francis Hospital, which specializes in heart surgery.
As an aside, my Father-in-Law suffered a near fatal heart attack last July 4th., and at 86, underwent open heart surgery
for a mitral valve replacement, as well as bypass surgery. The work was done at St. Francis, and all went very well.
I've seen the inside of many hospitals, and I can say from experience that this hospital is one of the best I've seen.

All that aside, I'm sure that Ted would appreciate a card via snail-mail. He probably won't be in condition to check his E-mail for a few days.
If you need his home address, drop me an E-mail.


Monday, March 24, 2003

Don McGraw passed away & I want to give everyone the info.
Viewing was today, 7p-9p at Volk in Teaneck, NJ. 201,836-0202
The funeral is Tuesday, March 25th. at St. Anastasia Church, 1095 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ. at 10 A.M.,
and ther telephone number is 201-837-3354.

Ron Moskowitz

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Don McGraw, if you saw this name on your travel sheet...Well, you knew the remote was going to be a first class operation.
Lou Scanna, Art Tinn, Doug Fleetham, Harold Schutzman, are all great guys to have worked with, but I am sure they would
agree that Don McGraw was one of the finest human beings to be associated with. He was talented, but not ostentatious.
He was quietly efficient. his mannerism was even keeled and his concern to make you comfortable was unique.
Don was a neighbor of mine in Teaneck, NJ. On occasion, I traveled into work with him. His nature was always pleasant.
He was a fine man, and our industry is enriched to have had him in the ranks.
May the peace of the Lord be with his family, and may his soul be the copula to heaven for all the good he accomplished
here amongst his CBS family.


Tony Cucurullo

It is with great sadness that I must report that Don McGraw passed away last
night 3/19/03.

Don suffered a major stroke which caused a fall down a short flght of stairs
last Friday or Thursday.
His son, Rich, is in the process of making arrangements.
He can be contacted at or 201-837-0859.

Joe Duenas

Friday, March 14, 2003


Those who remember the switch from 6-volt vehicles to 12-volt should prepare themselves for the switch to 42 volts. The presence of higher voltages in vehicles will mean automakers can install systems that will increase gas mileage, cut wear and tear on brakes and improve performance. None of this would be possible using lower-voltage technology.
The key to the new systems -- to be installed soon in high-end products in Europe and widely in the States in about eight years -- is a series of high-voltage batteries and computer modules.
The use of electrically powered brakes will become commonplace in the coming years and, through the magic of momentum-recycling technology, some of the energy created during the braking process can be stored and used again.
It is estimated one common light source -- bulb -- will be used with fiber optic cables carrying the light to various exit points. Hopefully, this will not mean if you suddenly have a burn-out on that single bulb, you lose all lights.
The industry publication Oil & Lube News says availability of higher voltages will mean some instruments and motors can run all the time without fear of running down the battery. One major safety improvement will be the automatic triggering of electric cooling fans in parked cars to keep the interiors at a safe temperature level.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.
All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Just learned of Manny Kaufman's death. He was a gentleman and a very knowledgeable person. He made my job easier when things were in a panic with the studio cameras, he knew what was wrong and never panicked himself. Demanding, but courteous. Very high standards for his performance. I missed him when he retired. Jorge Moran.

Today I live in a Rural area in southeastern Arizona. 100 miles
from Tucson.
It's called Sunizona and the Post office is Called Pearce which is 10 miles away. Sound confusing? We landed here after I retired from being Chief Engineer of KGUN-TV in Tucson. By the way Harold Deppe Jr. was one of my Maintenance engineers. I figured that to be able to live on retirement money the thing to do was move out of Tucson. We found this area and bought a 36 acre parcel and planted ourselves in the middle.

Culpeper is NW of Richmond about 60 miles, the radio station was a 250 Watter AM and I played Combo for 6-7 months. I landed there after the WWII GI Bill schooling. and I had made the rounds in N.Y. for a job and was told "You don't have any experience" I went and got it in Virginia and Indiana. I went back to N,Y, and made the rounds again and was hired at CBS
in July of 53..

The picture I attached was taken a month ago from the front porch showing the Mountains just East of us. They are called the Chiricahua Mtns. (cheer-e -ca-wa) the peak is 9795 feet.

I haven't seen Harold Deppe Senior in quite a while but the last time I saw Jr. he said both Harold and Francis were well, They're in their 80's.....

I best cut this short and got something done, it was good hearing from you.

Harry Charles

The picture is beautiful. My wife would move there in a minute. She loves that area. I spent 16 weeks there for a CBS negotiations.
I worked,...... as she toured the area. She even took a desert survival course.
You know there are several CBS'ers living in the Phoenix area?
Nice to hear from you.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Hey Bob Wilson tell the crowd of the trip from Moscow to Leningrad and then to Helsinki...

Sid Kaufman

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

The pace of the Retirees email has slowed to an "Obituary's forum."
The next newsletter could possibly have the meter of an Edgar Allan POE, or a Steven King, macabre diatribe. I guess we will just have to come to grips with the fact that we are all in the last home stretch of the human race.
Me! I wish I was in the tunnel of the Giants Stadium, listening to Howie Purnick, plan the demise of the Iraqi's, or Bruno Fucci telling the truck that he'll save the ass of the AD, by correcting the English, for the credits. This from a guy that failed the NYC Sanitation test.
Or the vision of Al Lorreto, and the beloved Jimmy Murphy, standing, and freezing over a cup-of-coffee, at an equipment hamper, telling lies about a great, but, imaginary golf shot, that sliced because a bird hit the ball in flight.
And even if these flights of fantasy, skitter across the remaining cells in the left side of my brain, they are still precious to me.
Working with my compatriots at CBS-Field, was the substance of my existence. I relished the camaraderie, the interplay, the political intrigue by the regular "Roadies." They are the foundation of my stories to the many new Virginian friends I have acquired.
I wear my tattered CBS field jacket proudly, to Church, to the Pancake House, to all the military functions.
I now know many of them and, am very proud of my Navy friends that are mostly deployed about this troubled world, performing their military magic on the unsuspecting crud of this world.
So, when I regale them with the stories of the legendary Fucci, or the slashing wit, and almost sacrilegious humor of Purnick, they are amazed that we could tolerate such irreverence.
I tell them that if you had thin skin, or a weakness that the carrion minds could explore, they would cut you to pieces and everyone could laugh, and not one would be offended.
The CBS hard-nose technicians could walk over the Iraqi's, and come out laughing.
One of my neighbors, can't quite understand how we could possibly be so crude to each other. I tell her, "It is because we at CBS, in our own inimitable style, break down the social barriers that are the secret biases that others hold, and let fester in their, breast." We, haven't got the time or inclination to be politically correct on each issue. It is infinitely easier to make a joke, or an aside, and then go on to greater glories."
The strict, "blind obedience" and staid atmosphere, of the military mind set, could use a little of a CBS field remote attitude, too clear, the air for these wonderfully trained freedom fighters.

I do go on, don't I? Well, you are the last group that I can talk to. I sit here in beautiful Virginia splendor, but, lonely, and I think of my past life at my favorite company.
You guys can telco-call me, even collect. We can swap lies about the shots that saved Bob Dailey ass, or how Klimsack could have possibly ruined two good hips, when he never moved off that damn tower of his.
So, for now, write, will you. I know you have a story or two, even a gripe. I even appreciate, a field boss demanding that I take his name off of my list. At least he finally communicated to me for the first time in 35 years. I still love him though.
Buonnotte, e' sogno d'oro. ( Good night , pleasant dreams)

Tony Cucurullo

In a phone call, Tony Landry tells me that he has just passed his 96th
birthday. He adds that he has no aches or pains. I don't know his secret
but we all wish we could be that fortunate.

Bob Wilson
CBS Retirees Luncheon Notice
Reservation has been made for Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the Swan Club, Glenwood Landing, Long Island, NY.
Mailings and web page posting will be done in the month of April.

Tony Casola