Monday, April 14, 2003

Ted, could you arrange to post the following on the retired engineers website.

Hi All,
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.

Best wishes,
Stan Gerendasy,