Monday, December 29, 2003

Dear Friends:
It is with a sad heart that I send this note. As Tom Brokaw might have said -
"They were the Greatest Generation". He might have been referring to the
men & women who pioneered and built television into what it is today. Time
moves ever forward and the mists of history tend to swallow up those
extraordinary pioneers. And such was the case over this past Christmas
Holiday. A wonderful man and a cherished friend left us on this Holiday:
Henry "Hank" Wieland. He succumbed to heart disease and passed away
yesterday December 28th after being stricken on Christmas Day. He is
survived by his beloved wife Joan and his four devoted children: John,
Katherine, Henry Jr., and Paul. They all can be reached at his home: 16356
N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Unit #1157, Scottsdale, Az. 85260 or Henry Jr.'s home 14001 N. 48th Way, Scottsdale, Az. 85254 480-538-0923.

The wake is being held at Hansen Mortuary, Tuesday from 3:00 - 7:00PM
6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Az. 85254 480-991-5500
The funeral service is Wednesday morning at 9:30AM at Blessed Sacrament Church
11300 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, Az. 480-948-8370 and he will be interred
at the Veteran's Cemetery on Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix, Az.

Howie Purnick


Information on Hank Wieland Funeral

According to Bruno's message, hank passed away last night 12/29/03

The viewing is Tuesday, December 30 from 2-7pm at the Dessert Hill Mortuary, 6500 East Bell Road, Scottsdale Arizona 85254 Phone # at the Mortuary is 480-991-5800

Service will be at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 north 64th Street, Scottsdale Arizona on Wednesday, December 31st.

Burial will be at the Veteran's Cemetery in North Phoenix....

The home phone number in Phoenix is 480-538-0923 Wife's name is Joan

This is the info I had got from Hank, Jr. Thanks for putting this on the WEB

Happy New Year to you all


Sorry to inform you that Hank Wieland died last night. Seems he had massive blockage in all arteries. He continually ignored the classic symptoms of Chest and arm pains. They did emergency surgery but he had DNR on his chart and they could not do anything to use any devices to help him.

Bruno Fucci
From Cal Marotta:
I just heard form Bruno, that Hank Wieland died yesterday.
He was a good friend and dinner companion while on remote
which was every week.Bruno,Hank and I were the "three musketeers."
I `m in shock. Please let the guys know.

Cal Marotta


George Klimsack, called and informed about the passing of Hank Wieland, and would I write about him.
Hank Wieland was an "upfront-kind-of-guy."He spoke as he felt. One never misunderstood his intentions or opinions?
He was a journeyman technician. He did his job as well as anyone else in his field.
But, as you could read from above he was a good friend to a lot of people. His life was on the road. And anyone who lived that life can tell you it took its toll on the body and mind, but his quick wit and fun disposition helped him to make many friends.
And so another chapter is finalized and closed on the CBS technicians list.
Hank is in good company wherever his soul resides.

God Bless him and peace to his wife Joan, and their family.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Lets give credit where it is due. I was in the 103d Infantry Division.
At the time of the start of this battle, the 101st Airborne Division, Commanded by Major Gen Maxwell Taylor was holding Bastogne. Taylor was in Washington at the time and could not get back because of the bad weather.
McAuliffe was the acting commander and his 101st Airborne stopped the German drive. They became known as "The Battered Bastards of Bastogne".

When the smoke cleared, McAuliffe was promoted to Major General and was given command of the 103d Infantry Division, (my outfit). During the Ardennes offensive, the 103d was moved North West to anchor the south flank of the Bulge but we did not take the pounding the the 101st took at Bastogne.

But it was unbelievably c o l d

Submitted by
Pierce Evans

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Pierce Evans, December 16th is fast approaching with the sad reminder to you that, is was the day the "Battle of the Bulge," started.

I remember that Betty Claudio's, father Ed LaBrie, lost his toes in the frozen snow of that era. He came home with a Bronze Star for his efforts.

If I remember correctly it was your "outfit" that endured through this terrible ordeal, but, with distinction.

I am proud to remind those that 59 years ago Brigadier General Mcauliffe, said to the German commander who asked him to surrender, he replied a resounding, "AW, NUTS?"

Pierce Evans, today's young Americans are putting in all on the line to a bunch of coward sniper bastards, in Iraq, and they too, are adding to the page of American Red-White-and-Blue courage.
So we can rest securely in the knowledge that there will always be Americans that will rise to the occasion as you, and Ed LaBrie, did in the frozen Forrest of Ardennes.

Here are some pertinent facts:
The Battle of the, Bulge which lasted from December 16, 1944, to January 28, 1945, was the largest land battle of World War II in which the United States participated.
More than a million men fought in this battle including some 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans, and 55,000 British.

The German military force consisted of two Armies with ten corps (equal to 29 divisions).
While the American military force consisted of a total of three armies with six corps (equal to 31 divisions).

At the conclusion of the battle the casualties were as follows: 81,000 US with 19,000 killed, 1400 British with 200 killed, and 100,000 Germans killed, wounded or captured.
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Tony Cucurullo

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Help & Information Needed ASAP!

Hi, my name is Chuck Pharis. I am retired from ABC Network in Hollywood. I was a Senior Video Engineer. I have 38 years in Tv Engineering.
I am now consulting for a HBO Movie that will be shot early next year.
The movie is called "1952". All about historical events that happened that year. One of the story lines is about the CBS News coverage of the 1952 Political Conventions and the Presidential election night coverage.
We are going to re-construct (or at least hope to) an exact duplicate of the CBS Network News Studios in NY and the set up at the conventions and on election night.
I need some help on finding photos of the equipment used by CBS News in 1952. Both in the News Control rooms and Studios, and at the conventions and election central. Also of the Univac computer used.
I need photos of cameras, monitors, switchers, mics, audio boards, remote trucks, etc. We really want this to look as real as possible.
Also crew members and what they wore.
Some scenes take place in the News offices, so I need help there too.

Getting the equipment should be no problem, as I have one of the largest collections of vintage Television equipment in the world, and there is also a Prop House out here in Hollywood that will make up anything we need. This is (suppose to) be working studios and control rooms!

Please check out my web site to see my collection:


I hope there are some "old timers" still left that were on the crew in 1952. Not only do I need photos, I would also like to interview them.
They would be a part of history (again)!

Please let me know if you can help me?

My contact information is:

Chuck Pharis
Hollywood, Calif.
Home 818-834-8999
Cell 818-802-1603


Friday, December 05, 2003

Dear friends:
The message that Fred Lopez had died was passed onto me late Wednesday evening by Jim Rose, Audioman, of the "Letterman Show."
Somehow it wasn't published in time for all those friends of Fred that could attend the wake held in Riverdale.
Andy Gatto followed it up with an additional email message.

Fred, was a good and happy-go-lucky guy to be around. On the many remotes I worked with him, I came to appreciate that his fluency in Spanish was a big help to CBS at the events of the tennis matches held at Forrest Hills.

Fred was as good as an audioman as there is. He could fill in on soaps, news,sports, and all the shows. But, his friendliness, and good humor and his ability to help others was the keystone of this gregarious man.

I think though that his willingness to bet a bob-or-two on a game of chance, was his seeking of the lost treasure that we all seem to pursue in vain.
Fred, may have lost more than a few of those chances, but he never will lose the friendship and respect of his coworkers.

Peace be with you,
Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Sad news
I was just informed by Tony Cucurullo via Jim Rose that Fred Lopez passed away.
He is being waked at: Riverdale on Hudson, 261 Street in Riverdale. Hours are 2-4 and 7-9