Monday, October 20, 2003

Here is a story as told to me by Rupert Baron, stage manager for the Ed Sullivan Show. Rupert attended the CBS luncheon on October 14, 2003 and deserves the credit for this story.

One Sunday night, in the middle of the last commercial, the producer told Rupert to tell Ed Sullivan that the show was short and to fill for 30 seconds. Rupert told Ed, who reassured Rupert that he’d take care of it. Back from commercial, Rupert cued Ed who said “well good night everybody and Merry Christmas”. That show aired live on July 14th.

Submitted by Ron McGowan

Sunday, October 19, 2003

The following is from an interview by "The Hollywood Reporter"

Gayle DePoli: Success of Ms. Television
Profile for The Hollywood Reporter

"It's Not Rocket Science," according to Gayle DePoli founder of Pink Slip Productions. "It only takes common sense and natural analytical ability to succeed in live TV." But what exactly does it take to make television a reality?

Gayle, who has won both Emmy awards and Peabody awards, has worked throughout the world in various production capacities. After many years of experience with CBS, Showtime, MTV Networks. NBC, Pay Per View, and The Olympics, Gayle has seen television from all aspects. Gayle DePoli, Aunt Gayle to those in the biz, has had a rapid rate of success as a woman in the Television Industry.

Gayle has a deep background in technical production, with skills as a technical producer, director, and video technician. Gayle was the first female Technical Director for CBS. Martin Solomon, technical consultant for CBS and former Director of Operations, describes Gayle as "the best". He promoted Gayle three tunes in a short period. He says, "From a technical aspect, she learned and retained at a rapid pace. Better than anyone I have ever seen. When she became a technical director she had the ability to get along with everyone, from people who were superior to her to people who were a lot older than her. She's all around perfect."

Linda Gierahn of Country Music Television describes Gayle as having "one of those personalities, though, that makes you feel like you've known forever, and you can't imagine what your life must have been like before you knew her." When told that she is described at being innovative and creative Gayle says, "Innovative? Nothing earth shattering. Creative? Doing the best you can with little or no budget. That takes lots of creativity."

Gayle's ability to work with others is one of her most notable successes. Linda says, "In business, she is always a professional, no matter what comes her way. Even in the most stressful situation, she figures out how to make it work, without ruffling anyone's feathers." When asked how to describe her communication skills, Gayle bluntly say$, "Let's just say I know how to get my message across without pulling any punches. Sometimes it may not be the most politically correct way of doing business, but when all else fails to get the message across a good, 'it's ain't gonna happen folks' is a good attention getter."

According to Linda, "Production is such a mess by nature, the most important thing [in Production] is to keep your cool and 'never let them see you sweat.' If you can multitask, be street smart, and just figure out how to make the impossible happen, then you can make any show come a success. I've seen her (Gayle) do it many times." Martin agrees, "Gayle has a unique ability to grasp a problem and solve the problem, in such a manner that she never rubs anyone the wrong way."

In a dog eat dog industry; Gayle feels that verbal communication just isn't good enough. "Paper is the best way to watch your own back, and it should be demanded of those that work for you as well."

After receiving three Peabody, three Emmy Awards, an MTV Moonman, and many other nominations, Gayle's most rewarding experience was her work on America: A Tribute to Heroes.
America: A Tribute to Heroes was a major production that was put together in about five days. Gayle describes her emotional experience. "It was something that HAD to be done more than WANT to be done. T felt very proud and honored to be a part of a team that would do anything to get this show on the air without a flaw." She goes on to say, "Nine days had passed since the WTC tragedy and the city still had the feeling of being one giant funeral home. Airing of this show became the launching point for people to feel able to go on with their daily routines again."

When the show went on air, Gayle clicked through Manhattan cable from her transmission control center, and saw that other than a few children's television stations, the show was being seen around the nation on every channel imaginable in the US. She said, "It brought us to tears that were uncontrollable."

After achieving many accolades, Gayle now "takes more of a mentoring role." When told that she has inspired people, especially women, she says, "I'm flattered, but people should be inspired by science, cures for diseases and finding world peace." Those that she ha$ inspired call her Aunt Gayle, When asked how does it make you feel to be called Aunt Gayle, she says, "Although some people might be offended because it could be an age reference, I find it a term of endearment. There is a certain amount of trust that
"Aunt Gayle" was just the beginning. From being a microfilm clerk to the first female technical director for CBS, Gayle success reached an all time high when she was named Executive in Charge of Production for MTV Networks. MTV Latin America named the studio that Gayle helped build, "Mama G's- The DePoli Broadcast Center."

Gayle's experience, knowledge, and confidence are irreplaceable. Gayle has worked in the Television Industry for over three decades. Gayle, a pioneer in the industry, was one of the first women to achieve a high executive job in the male dominated television industry. Being a woman in production is quite a challenge, and to be respected by both men and women is an accomplishment all in itself.

Gayle remarks, "It was totally a man's world back in the day and to have a young woman break down the doors with respect made it easier for others. Today most women take their role for granted." Today women make up 25.9 percent of the workforce in the Entertainment Industry. Martin says. "Because of Gayle, people (women) have been able to learn more and to move on to bigger and better things." Linda agrees that Gayle is "really a true success story. Of course, today things are easier for women, but only because women like Gayle were able to pave the way for the rest of us."

Submitted by Marty Solomon

Saturday, October 18, 2003

October 14th, 2003, a very respectful autumnal day. A fine day to wear jackets and ties. The luncheon was held at the Radisson Hotel, on an obscure street in Englewood N.J.
The drive up from Virginia was unremarkable but enjoyable because of the anticipation of seeing friends and coworkers. My wife deemed to come with me because she now thinks I have limited driving range, and too an extent I do, but now and then I take a five, (Not a Gil Miller five, but a legitimate break to clear the cobwebs from my remaining brain cells).
This was my first trip in a while to attend the luncheons. I wish I could be there always, because the camaraderie and welcomes were there upon entering the door.
That's when the lies and embellishments were layered on with a trowel. The "You look great," and "Hey you took off weight..." or, "Paula, if you ever want to leave that old man..." were there by the toilet bowl full, for all to enjoy.
I was happy that most of the old codgers were wearing name tags, but,.... that caused the severe bending at the waist to see the name tags with these G-D bifocals, that the Lord foisted upon us to help pay for our sins before being called to the schedule desk in the sky.
They had a bar that was a "Cash bar" meaning... only those that were there without there wives could go and hoist a few before the meager, but ample lunch was served.
There was much milling about, and that afforded us to socially dance and pick those that we could sit with for what ever reasons that one could think of.
Chico Claudio one of the stellar stars of the studio show crews attended in his wheel chair. I remember pushing Chico on the boom, as I was reminded by Marty Solomon, so I dutifully pushed him about the room and he was greeted but all. His lovely wife and my dear friend Betty Claudio escorted him.
Tony Casola, who used to be an associate to the venerable Fred Schutz, put this affair together, along with the help of Ted Perzeszty. This isn't an easy task for these two, for it entailed the research to find this place, while keeping in mind the cost factor. Neither of these fine men is paid for their efforts. They do it because they care, and are willing to sacrifice time for friendship. A resounding applause to them, and all that helped.

As I perused the room, and noted the physical changes to the avoirdupois of some of the people, it also was notable that quite a few of the men there were still quite selectively handsome. They didn't seem to age as most of us did. I am refereeing to the likes of Nick Giordano, Sandy Bell, Big Bob Pieringer, and Al DeQuinzio. They seemed to have found the fountain of youth.
If I failed to mention your name, sorry, maybe you didn't wear the right tie, or something?
It was noted that Dwight Temple celebrated his ninetieth birthday, and we are reminded that there are several CBS'ers in their nineties. I don't think I will make that age, because when I received my Virginia state license I asked that I have "Donor" emblazoned on it, I was rejected because I don't have enough parts that they can use. I at least thought that maybe my productive organ was acceptable, but I failed the Viagra test, and everyone my age is already at the limp stage anyway.
There were enough hearing aids, and bifocals liberally placed about the room. I sat at the table with Al Consiglio and his wife Ann, Al, always had a hearing problem, but Ann told us he could hear her going through his wallet from twenty paces away.
Ted Perzeszty and his wife Patricia are on vacation at this time, they are cruising the Danube River. They remember the story told by the beloved Doris Reardon, who made that trip with her husband the man with the big singing voice Ed. I hope Ted enjoys this trip, he earned it. If you think you have a problem about traveling, consider that Ted had a quad heart bypass, a pacemaker, a defibrillator, and spine surgery, and that doesn't stop him from any activity. He is truly a remarkable man and friend. I have never known Ted to turn down any request for help.

It was nice to see the DeIeso brothers, Mike and Steve there. Along with Bob Callahan, and Klimy. (Don't you kinda feel a little jealous of people that can get by with nicknames or acronyms? Like, Klimy for Klimscak, or just plain Chico, and you know immediately who they are?) I always knew who Bob Dailey was talking to when he used to yell, "Jesus Christ, focus........" I knew it was me?
Art Tinn always the gentleman, absent though without Lou Scanna? Charlie D'Onfrio, a legend easily. Sitting with them was Tony Ancona one of the best golfers in CBS.
George Gray, easily recognizable without his garish red tie, sitting comfortably with Big Brain Bob Guercio. Morris Drucker was lost without his eternal light box, but he was listening to Water Freedman revisiting CBS history.
It is in my recollection that this is the first time Chic Gulino visited with the Retirees. He lives out in the desert, near Phoenix, Arizona.

There many other fine people that visited with us that Tuesday. Joan Sullivan, wife of Jerry, told us that she is going to art Classes to increase her already formidable art talent.
I don't want to be remiss and not mention that I spoke to one of the finest human beings I have ever met in my life, Ernie Lowe.

There was also two of what we euphemistically refer to as the young CBS'ers. Charlie Carlucci, (son-in-law of Don Costarello) and Mike Singer. I implored them to get involved and try to keep this Cosa Nostra, (This thing of ours) going. After all, for the most part most of us are in the home stretch and we need an infusion of young blood, from those that are still working, to add to the history of our company.
I have dragged this on too long, and if I didn't mention your name, it is because the little grey cells can't remember them all. But, I truly love all of you. For all the good or bad you were a very big part of my life. And I constantly think about you. I just wish you would contribute a story or two. And let all of us share a moment in time with your story.
Well, for now I will say Buona Notte e' sogni d'oro (Good night and Sweet (Golden) dreams)
And no, I didn't forget Ruppert Baron; I told him that there were still elephants to be brought on stage, sheesh....... OK quiet, Charlie ready, fade up on one............

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Sad news
Received a phone call from Tommy, who works in CBS construction shop that Harvey Hausman passed away Tuesday, October 14th.

Tony Casola

Monday, October 13, 2003

Just watched the today show which did a feature on the concorde, it will sadly be making it's last flight this month.My ex-wife and i had the privelege to fly the concorde back from london in oct 1983,she was a UAL employee with connections with british and air france airlines.
While on our vacation in nice she was notified that british was offering airline employees and spouses concorde travel on a specific date at the unheard of fare of $400.00 each!!We naturall jumped at the opportunity since we reasoned that as private pilots we would more than likely never have the chance to fly supersonic at 59,000 feet at mach 2.2.
The entire experience was something that i would like to wish on anyone interested in aviation.The follow up to this story is:the flight took 3 hours 15 minutes the drive home to rockland took 3 hours!
Sorry to see the concorde go.

Bob Vernum



Brings back memories of my Field Engineering days for Visual Electronics, when I did some work at KIRO in Seattle, WA. (late '60's.)
I used to drive past the Boeing SST hangar almost every day, daydreaming of supersonic flight! The full-sized painting of the SST on the side of the building was awe-inspiring!


Friday, October 10, 2003

CPSC Warns: Millions of Americans Have Smoke Alarms that Don't Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11) the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that millions of homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms that do not work. Usually, the batteries are dead or missing.

Since most of the U.S. will gain an hour when Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, October 26, the CPSC recommends that consumers make good use of the extra hour by changing their smoke alarm batteries and testing the alarms to ensure they work properly.

"Parents and children should make safety a family activity by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms annually," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "And be sure to test the smoke alarms every month to make sure they are working."

Fire is the second leading cause of unintentional death in the home. Each year, nearly 2,700 people die in residential fires, and there are more than 330,000 residential fires reported to fire departments.

Although 10 percent of homes have no smoke alarm, millions more do not have any working alarms. CPSC recommends consumers test each smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working properly. Long-life smoke alarms with 10-year batteries have been available to consumers since 1995. These long-life alarms also should be tested monthly.

CPSC recommends consumers place a smoke alarm that meets the requirements of a professional testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), on each level of multi-story homes outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. CPSC has worked to strengthen smoke alarm performance and installation requirements and is now studying audibility to see if there are ways to make the alarms more effective in waking children and alerting older people.

Each year, CPSC works with other federal agencies and fire safety organizations to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by fire. Local fire departments have installed smoke alarms in homes, distributed safety publications, and made presentations in schools. CPSC encourages officials at the federal, state, and local level to promote fire prevention and to work with local organizations to disseminate fire safety tips.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Hi Dave:

I think it might be a good idea to post the following information on the
Web Site:
W32.Swen.A is a new and destructive computer worm that is disguised as an
official email from Microsoft. The file comes attached to a note asking the
recipient to install a "September 2003, Cumulative Patch" to protect
against vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Outlook, and
Outlook Express.

If installed, the Swen worm will attempt to disable antivirus software and
personal firewalls. It will also compromise email accounts by sending
additional copies of itself through infected computers.

To protect yourself, do not open email attachments unless you know the
sender and are expecting the attachment. Do not run updates and security
patches that you have received as email attachments. Microsoft does not
transmit security patches via email.

For additional information on this virus, go to:

I have received many of these emails in the past few days. Perhaps one of
our group is infected
and is not aware of it.

Thanks Dave.....73.....
Jay Chicon

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Here's an e-mail I received from a CBS old timer. I thought all of you would appreciate its sentiment.

Hi Ted,
Received the announcement of the next get together. I am Joe Carr*, part of the old group of CBS/ABC attendees. We were in the layoff of 1961, & didn't return when called back. Most of us ended up in ABC management, & retired from there.

The reason for this "note",is that with all the recent losses of old friends,death & moving away., I wonder about attending anymore ,as who would know me.? I mentioned this to George Klimscak recently. I know Bob Wilson is doing well thank god, but the loss of DiGiovanna, Muio, Tonn, Scanna, Maier, McGraw, Schutz, has left me feeling empty.
I cannot attend the New Jersey affair, & in the past have attended the Swan Club the past 13 years. For the first time, I feel that attending the spring one would leave me feeling "out-of-place". I would hate trying to make conversation with men who I am no longer compatible with.
I wish as always, the best to everyone, CBS was to me & still is ,...the place where my heart lies, & I know I am speaking for Joe Dg also.

A big Hello to Tony Cucurullo ......

Thanks for the time for reading this, but time marches on & has past me also.
Joe Carr

*Joe's phone number is 516-935-7309

Friday, October 03, 2003

Hi Everyone,
The October 14th CBS Luncheon is coming soon, which will be at the Radisson Hotel - Englewood, NJ. So don't forget, mail in your checks soon. October 9th is the deadline date.

Tony Casola