Friday, April 25, 2003
Tonight I received a call from a dear friend, and a great and pious man. But, what a pair of deep lungs this man has. He started to talk and didn't stop until the phone lines over heated.
If you haven't guessed by now that I am referring to Kevin Slattery.
That is the Sergeant-Major Kevin of the Crib, (or Equipment Center, as is listed in the telco book)
Kevin told me that he is the proud grandpa of Patrick KEVIN O'Mara. And it doesn't matter that Art Murphy is a great-grandfather.
I told him that Romeo and Marie Quaranta had at least eighteen grand-kids. He said that, "They are from a tribe, that practice's a different rhythm."
I asked how his brother Father Edmond was doing. He is retired after 52 years as a priest and living in a Catholic home in Cleveland.
But, we reminisced about when his brother was the Chaplain at the hospital on tenth avenue, near us at CBS.
Kevin spoke fondly of another legend, Roy Jackson. Of course, Roy evokes great stories that could fill a column or two. I am sure Jackson stories will popup at the upcoming luncheon.
Well, I covered some of what Kevin mentioned, except to say it is nice of him to call. He is also enduring through some slight balancing problems, and I surely wish this fine, very fine man that he never suffers and continues to remember people because he is one of the cornerstones of our CBS family.
If I had an award to give, I would name it the Pat Finn Symbol for Humanism, and I would give Kevin Slattery the first award.
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Received the sad news from Marty Silverstein.
We lost two longtime friends from our great Photography Department. Walter "Izzy" Seigal in February, 2003 and Irving Haberman in March, 2003
Monday, April 14, 2003
Last Sat. night we had a speaker at our book club who talked about his recent book, "The Inextinguishable Symphony". The book is about his parents' experiences in the Jewish Kulturbund Orchestra in Nazi Germany and their subsequent escape to the US. The author, Martin Goldsmith, used to host a program on NPR called Performance Today. During the coffee and cake period my wife asked him if he was working on another book and he said he wanted to do a small book on the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 and how that became a milestone in American cultural history. Janet asked him if he wanted to talk to someone who worked on the that show and happened to be in the same room with him. He got very excited about that and after Janet directed him to me we spent the rest of the evening talking about the Ed Sullivan show and the people who worked on it and any recollections I could come up with to share with him. He asked if he could get in touch with me later for more discussion. I said sure and promised to look up others who worked on the show and try to make them available. He said he couldn't believe his luck.
I was the EIC for the Sullivan show but I have to admit I don't remember a great deal about the Beatles' appearance and truth be told I'm not even sure I went to the studio that night. I know there are guys on the crew who know much more than I do and were better acquainted with the technical and production staff than I was. Maybe this inquiry can smoke them out. If anyone who reads this worked on the Sullivan show, especially on the Beatles' appearance, but not limited to that, and would like to share his memories, please get in touch with me and I'll try to hook them up with Goldsmith.
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Letter to Mike Salgo
Hello Mike. This is to let you know that I have been receiving your several
emails over the past few months. I apologize for not responding sooner. I
am just not a good correspondent! But I do indeed enjoy hearing from you.
Hey, you with Ruth looked great in that picture taken at your birthday.
Glad to hear that you will be attending the next CBS reunion luncheon in
April. Attendance at those get-togethers is one of the things I really miss
as a result of moving here to Hilton Head because I have very fond memories
of all the great relationships with you and your staff in Facilities
Engineering. And all the most wonderful people at CBS. I doubt that there
is or ever has been any company with such outstanding personel and I am
proud to have been part of the CBS family. The same goes for the WCAU
stations in Philadelphia. Please tell all the guys that I know that you see
at the luncheon that I was asking for them. As Duke Ellington used to say,
"I love them dearly".
On a sad note you may have heard by now but in case you haven't Oggie
Prestholdt passed away on February 1. He was 86. The broadast industry lost
one of the great RF engineers and I lost a dear friend.
On a personal note all is well with Molly and me here on Hilton Head
Island, South Carolina. You may wonder why we moved here. We wanted to get
away from the northern winters especially like the one you and the folks in
Pennsylvania had this year. But more importantly we wanted to be closer to
our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, boy 5 and girl 2. From
Pennsylvania it was 750 miles and 14 hours driving. From here it is 315
miles and 5+ hours. And we are on the coast which means this is the
vacation spot of choice for them on holidays and other times. So life is
good and God has been good to us!
Well, it's getting near nap time here on a rainy Sunday afternoon so I
shall end this discourse with a wish for you and Ruth, and all the family
for good health and happiness.
Toodle ooo, Ralph Green (W2BLG)
Friday, April 11, 2003
I am extremely sad to hear of Ralph's passing!
He was a good friend and ally. The current CBS News (CND) group in general didn't know him, but much of what they are able to do is because of his efforts. Ralph was a technical type and served in the U.S. Coast Guard on the same ship in W.W.II with a fellow from CBS Washington, Royce Fish, W3HEQ, who checks in with the 'Net sometimes, but Ralph didn't really work as a technical type at CND, but in administrative management positions.
Since I moved to Florida, we have kept in touch and he sent me numerous items from his excess ham gear to help me relocate and get back up speed down here. He and Mr. Jamison were a real delight and Erika making the delivery was always a pleasure!
Thank you for sharing this very sad news to the group!
St. Pete Beach, FL
I worked with Bob along with Bill Delaney, Bob Vernum, Bob Zagoren, Joe DiGiovanni at NBC in the early 1950s.
He was a quiet unassuming type. That is until the members of his crew voted for a Shop Steward, and the man that was voted in refused because it "would hurt his image." Bob assumed that task and proved that man wrong. You see he was never discriminated against because of his Union affiliations. But, was respected by the companies he worked for, because of his talent.
Bob, had a ready smile and his quiet manner spoke volumes for him.
The lounge in the SKY is getting kinda crowded, but there will always be room for people like Bob Shoppe.
Strange this award occurs when our feelings for the French are less than positive.
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Hope to see you all.
Yesterday I visited Tony Landry (W4MJG); he is 96. Tony lives alone, having outlived three wives, in a house he built many years ago; this on the side of a mountain in rural LAKE LURE, North Carolina.
He can no longer drive so relies on some not too distant friends to take him shopping etc. Shopping is a 20 mile trip out and 20 back over 'motorcycle' roads; much twisting and turning, up and down!
He is stooped, shrunken, and walks slowly. A vegetarian he drinks nothing but the water from his own well, no chlorine or fluorides thank you. Tony is as 'crazy', different, as he was, but is quite lucid; likes to speak of the 'old days' when he worked with Peter Goldmark and others long gone. He was very pleased to see me.
"I didn't know ye lad." Ralph Paskman's (KA1FOW)
But, the fact that you added to the history of CBS, is enough to have your memory emblazoned in the hearts of all that toiled in the vineyards of the broadcast industry.
Thank you for your contribution, and now may your spirit transform into a peaceful plasma of eternal rest, along with those that have gone before you.
Perhaps we shall lift a cup-of-cheer to your memory at the upcoming luncheon.
Ey, the lads and lassies will surely imbibe a few, and include you in their merriment and reverie of the wonderful life we experienced at our beloved CBS.
Pax vos Biscom
Today on the 20 meter net we learned of Ralph Paskman's (KA1FOW) passing, which
happened yesterday afternoon due to heart failure. The Doctors had hesitated doing
surgery which may or may not have helped. Everyone is very sad about this news.
I didn't know Ralph as well as most of you, but I did feel a strong relationship with him
as far as CBS and the 40 and 20 meter nets is concerned.
Monday, April 07, 2003
PHILLIP SCHEFFLER, Don Hewitt's right hand at 60 MINUTES for 23 years
and a 52-year veteran of CBS News, has announced he will step down as the
broadcast's executive editor at the end of this television season. 60
MINUTES Senior Producer JOSH HOWARD will assume Scheffler's title and
role at that time. Scheffler will continue to consult as a contributing
editor to 60 MINUTES and CBS News. In a career spanning six decades,
Scheffler has influenced thousands of CBS News broadcasts. Besides the daily
and weekly news programs he contributed to early on, he produced more than
100 news specials and
documentaries in the 1960s and '70s before joining 60 MINUTES, where
he worked on more than 2,000 segments. Howard has spent nearly all of
the past 14 years at 60 MINUTES, first producing reports for correspondents
and then, since 1996, in the integral role of senior producer, one of the key
people who shape the editorial content of all 60 MINUTES segments for
broadcast. Working for CBS News at the local and national levels, he has won
numerous journalistic awards, including seven Emmys. Before joining 60
MINUTES in 1989, Howard
worked as a segment producer for the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH DAN RATHER.
He began his career at CBS News at WCBS-TV, the CBS Owned station in
New York. There, Howard rose to senior producer for special projects
in 1984, before becoming a broadcast producer for "Channel 2 News at
6." The award-winning local producer then took the CBS EVENING NEWS
position in 1986. Early in his career, in the 1970s, Howard was a
reporter at several weekly newspapers and produced two syndicated radio
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