Tuesday, August 26, 2003

LABOR DAY
One day out of every year LABOR DAY reminds us of the sacrifices that the men and women of this world made so that others could also benefit from their travails.
Our Retirees Association is made up of people from many unions, and also nonunion shops. And that is fair as it was necessary for all of these groups to combine for the great success of our beloved CBS.
But, Local 1212, is unique in the sense that the officers of the union were mainly from the rank and file of CBS, ( also the other great shops) too?
But, my reference here is about the characters that toiled on behalf of the technicians. The others in CBS, managers included had a secret wish that we would succeed because they too benefited by our efforts.
While politics played a big part in who would lead the fight for the spoils of the contract, it almost always lured men of resolve and character.
I have written about Pat Finn often for he truly was the moral conscience of the union. He set high standards to emulate.
But, we had those fromidable men that did the actual negotiations; To name some of them:
Charlie Calame
Lenny Bader
Art Korff
Vince Bartiluucci
and of course the ever repressible Mike DeIeso. Mike was born to lead. He could take a stance that bordered on a fist fight if needed, or he could dazzle you with logic.
But, Mike on occasion could be very warm hearted and understanding of the human psyche.
He inspired people such as Ben Taussig to take on assignments when others thought Ben, might be a little brusque in his technique of management practices. Ben, as we know, made a success of the Credit Union.

While Mike could scream, and cajole the Executive Board into dangerous waters, he would be proven correct later on.
One could love, and hate him at the same meeting, but you always knew the union and its welfare, was first in his heart and mind.

Mike will never be proposed for sainthood, but he should be remembered as one of the best negotiators that Local 1212 had.
Here's to you Mike........!

Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, August 20, 2003




FOR THE CBS RETIREES NEWSLETTER

This will appear in the next newsletter, but we thought it should be posted here as well:


October 15th, of the year 2003, will be crossing over into the memory banks of our diminishing brain, along with our receding hairline, that which seems to be winning this inexorable race to the big adventure in the sky.

Yet, there still is another chance to redeem ourselves for any of life's miscarriages, by attending the gala luncheons that the hard-working Directors of the CBS Retirees Association have put together.
And at this time you can resort to hugs and kisses, and kind words too, and perhaps, you might even care to share some of these social graces with a fellow Technician, or two?

The ranks are diminishing, and those that are still employed at CBS, may not have the same filial relationship that we have for each other. It is therefore incumbent upon each of us to nurture and foster with care, all the cherished memories of our past and present.

I have witnessed other organizations in my lifetime, fraternal and military. They hold onto the past with religious fervor because they are bonded by close affiliation by other than work related experiences.
We are not unique in this or any other sense, but we are pioneers with some historical foundation, for we are the cornerstones of a miracle of nature.
From the mythical experiment by Ben Franklin and his kite, to the advancements by the different scientists over the varied physical natures, we contributed by the sheer dint of our cornucopia of talents, the plasma of success of the Radio and Television worlds of broadcasting.

Each person, therefore, becomes a jewel to be cherished and enjoyed, and that is what our luncheons are about, the physical attendance of the future inductees into the pantheon of the broadcast pioneers.

At this next affair try inviting a different set of friends to sit with you, for I feel the intermixing will generate new interests for you, and you may learn some of the delicious tête-à-têtes, which you have always wondered about from some of your compatriots.

Come, share, laugh, and cry in your hearts over the losses this past year, and the years that have gone by for the great friendships that were developed by you, and are now the epitaphs that you are required to repeat in order to keep their memories alive.
Bring a friend, even your wife, but come and enjoy, and peace to all of you, my dear friends, and treasured memories.

Tony Cucurullo




Monday, August 04, 2003

Hello Members,
I have several annoucements to make.

We have made arrangements for our next luncheon which will take place on October 15th at the Radisson Hotel - Englewood, NJ. Notices and mailings will take place in the month of September. Hope you can make it.

Jorge Moran who lives in Sun City, South Carolina will be passing thru Long Island, and will like to meet with some of CBS retirees. There will be a mini-lunch get-together on Monday, August 18th, 2003 at the East Bay Diner in Bellmore, NY at 12 noon. The East Bay Diner's address is 2405 Merrick Rd.
Let me know if you can make it.

Again we like to thank everyone who have made contributions toward our expense and website costs. One of our users has made a generous donation by paying for the upkeep of the website. To him, we extend our sincere thanks.

Tony Casola
tcasola1@optonline.net
Hello Members,
I have several annoucements to make.

We have made arrangements for our next luncheon which will take place on October 15th at the Radisson Hotel - Englewood, NJ. Notices and mailings will take place in the month of September. Hope you can make it.

Jorge Moran who lives in Sun City, South Carolina will be passing thru Long Island, and will like to meet with some of CBS retirees. There will be a mini-lunch get-together on Monday, August 18th, 2003 at the East Bay Diner in Bellmore, NY at 12 noon. The East Bay Diner's address is 2405 Merrick Rd.
Let me know if you can make it.

Again we like to thank everyone who have made contributions toward our expense and website costs. One of our users has made a generous donation by paying for the upkeep of the website. To him, we extend our sincere thanks.

Tony Casola
tcasola1@optonline.net

Sunday, August 03, 2003

I receive the following from Al Cafiero. (He left CBS about 30 years ago)

We took a train ride to Boston last week and went to the Kennedy
Library/Museum.
Unexpectedly saw some old friends of ours.
The museum has depictions of the oval office and other political scenes.
The friends I am referring to were several TK41 cameras, or were they TK42
(the ones with the grab bars on the sides). The had CBS logos.
But what caught me most was a 3C audio console. It was a bit low, looked
like they had cut off some of the bottom.
Looking at it reminded me of a trick I played on Larry Schneider almost
50 years ago. When I pressed in the echo chamber buttons for both boom
mikes on "Valiant Lady" in studio 57 on 109 Street before the rehearsal
started . Having two buttons pushed in connected the mikes in parallel
before the pots. He couldn't turn off either mike
Getting back to Boston they also had a TK63 camera with CBS markings, a
model I never saw. Was it from the Washington studio?
We went there to donate some JFK's Medical Charts. My wife's father, Dr. Paul De Gara was the presidents allergist.


P.S. Thinking back about the RCA Imo cameras I think it went like this:

TK 40 were the original field models
TK 41 were the original studio models, the cameras were the same, the video controls were built into a console rack..
TK 42 were the second field models
The TK 41s were in studio 58. I believe they were exchanged with an O&O station that needed portable ones.
Let me know if I'm wrong

Al & Renata Cafiero
wantsrail@juno.com