Friday, December 24, 2004

I have corrected the width problem, so you might want to do a "Refresh" after you access this page, to ensure that you have the current copy in your browser's cache.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Hi Dave,

Do you think a Then and Now page about the B.C.N.Y. would be interesting?
Pictures of the way it has changed in 40 years.
People at the B.C. would have to send in pictures the way it looks today
and we {Old Timers} send in pictures of the way it was then...
Could this be another idea down the drain ???
I keep trying...
Harold Deppe

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Message to Bill Naeder:

Hey Bill,
Hope you are well and we wish you and the family all the very best for the Holidays.
On a sadder note. My dear friend Ray Walsh has been steadily declining after several strokes. He had a brain Hemmorhage on Saturday and may not last the week. I will keep you posted and hope you can let the CBS troops know since you are in touch with a whole lot more of them than I.
From the Archives!

Just see how far we've come! Spend some time going back through the old archives.
Some things don't seem to change much...
Thanks Tony!


Received Feb. 17, 2001:

From Tony Cucurullo

How sad it is to see that there are "no people" ('there aren't any people"....for you purists)
on the top line of the photo section. I am sure that most of you that have photos that show
the people of the CBS family, so come!! Dig them out, and send them in. If you want pictures
of equipment, I will start sending in pictures of my crutches, wheel chair, false teeth, glass eye,
tens unit, hearing aid, neck brace, wig & glue pot. And these are only the removable ones.

Tony C

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I've added a new picture or two to the "Famous Faces" gallery --->Famous Faces
and I've redone the "Photo Gallery" access page, moving the
miscellaneous pages above the "dated" pages. --->Photo Gallery
And Harold comes through again, with another classic (and classy)
picture from the "good ole days!" click here ---> Page 7

Sunday, December 19, 2004


David A. Cohn, 82 of Boynton Beach died on December 16, 2004 at Hospice of the Sea in Boca Raton. Born on September 3, 1922 in New York City, Cohn became one of CBS Television's top engineers and contributed to the development of electronic news gathering.

Cohn joined CBS in 1966 as a project manager and was involved with NFL telecasts, space shots, and coverage of the political conventions. In 1975, he became Director of Engineering and Operations Technology for the CBS Television Stations Division.

Cohn was associated with Bogen Communications from 1955 through 1965 and invented a special signal transmission system for which he was granted a U.S. patent. He served as a technician with ABC-TV in New York from 1953 to 1955. He also worked at Voice of America and WNYC Radio.

Cohn was a 1941 graduate from Stuyvesant High School in New York and held a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Polytech Institute of New York and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Cohn was a veteran of the U.S. Army and fought in World War II receiving the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and War Two Victory Medal.

Cohn leaves a beloved family. Wife Miriam. Children, Sharon L. Cohn of Mill Valley, CA. Alan M. Cohn of Torrington, Connecticut. Grandchildren Joshua Saul, Elana Ariela White, Ann Beth, and Aaron Samuel Cohn. Son in Law David E. White and Daughter in Law Patricia Ann Cohn.

The funeral will be at 9:45 am on Sunday December 19, 2004 at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel 11115 Jog Road in Boynton Beach.

By Alan M. Cohn
Investigative Reporter
It is not your imagination, the page width has doubled, due to the server crash.
You will notice that earler posts (in the archives) look OK.

I am working on the problem, and it should be corrected shortly.
Thanks for your patience.


Saturday, December 18, 2004

It appears that we have permanently lost the previous two months of statistics, however, that is certainly a minor loss! The statistics should get back in sync again in January.

I'd like to join the "I worked with" club carried on our Internet from time to time......
I recently received an E-mail from a long time friend, Morty Goldberg. Mort informs me that he now lives "full time" in Florida. Both Mort and his lovely wife Cynthia have had some tough medical problems, but are on the mend.
"I worked" with Morty many years ago in Radio, (you remember Radio!) in the days when Radio was earning the money to financially bring about and support that thing called Television. Morty was doing Audio Tape Editing when people didn't even know you could "mechanically" or physically edit a tape...At this point I'd like to say that he was the absolute best at what he did, and very often performed production miracles while working
at his "art"---
At that time there was a popular Classical Music Program produced by Jim
Facett (I hope I have the correct spelling), anyway Mort did an absolutely fantastic job putting these Classical Music programs together....He also performed many other difficult editing assignments in the course of his everyday job!
I'd also like to add at this point that Mort would never hesitate to answer any questions you might ask or expand on any related topic...

Here's to you Mort , God bless you and Cynthia ....May you enjoy many more years in the Florida-------

Best Wishes for Happy and Healthy Holidays,

Andrean and Gene Pasculli
Hi Dave,

Now that we know Harry Peterson is out there, who will be next ??
At least its a start. Let's get the pictures out of the attic and send them
in... It was great to see an {old} Harry Peterson again, let's see the rest of the
boys (and gals!) I still remember a { young} Harry Peterson in E.C. 35 years ago...
Harry.. do you remember Electric Pictures ??
Harold Deppe

P.S. It would be nice to hear from Bob Wilson again..Happy Holidays to

Friday, December 17, 2004

I believe I have recovered everything that was lost in the server mishap.
If you come across anything unusual, missing, or damaged, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I can repair it.

This notice was just received from our hosting service:

At approximately 11:20AM on December 16th we experienced a major failure on one of our servers.

The main disk and it's RAID back up both heavily damaged. There was some data loss.

We will be checking each domain on an individual basis throughout the night to restore any damage.

As of 9:05 PM (CDT) all server functions are now being brought back on-line, one domain at a time.

Inbound Email should have been cued or if the cue filled was bounced back to the sender.

At this time we are still looking into what caused the failure and hope to be able to provide an analysis for the cause of the outage within 24 hours.


Please hold any reports of trouble until things stabilize.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Hi Dave..

Is There any answer as to why we don't get more input to this website ..
other Then obituaries. I know they are out there... It would be so nice to hear
about them while they are still alive. We are all in different parts of the country, and
this is our only way to keep in touch. If there is no input there can be no output. WHY..?
Am I wrong Dave.? Life is Very short..Why else have this Website ??
lets hear from the Tiffany Boys..
Harold Deppe..


I have no answer for Harold... maybe some of you will?


Sunday, December 12, 2004

A new picture has been added to the "Page 7" collection.
This picture was submitted by Harold Deppe, who has NO clue as to who it may be!
Let's see if one of our eagle-eyed users recognizes this chap! Look here ---> Page 7
The TV Technology Digital Journal:

The TV Technology Digital Journal Cont'd:

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Bob Vernum and I worked at NBC in the 1950's. We came to CBS at the same time along with other CBS'ers. NBC was a great company to start in this business, the opportunities were enormous, and we developed our talents when these doors of chance were opened to us. Bob Vernum was a valuable asset to them and I am sure that they were reluctant to part with him to CBS. But, that was the nature of their temporary hiring practices in that era. NBC was the farm system for the majors of CBS.
CBS recognized Bob's ability almost immediately, as he progressed through the control room assignments.
As a member of the CBS family, it hits home to hear that another of our brothers has carried the scythe of Cancer... hopefully to a successful conclusion.
Compassion for an ailing brother is a Christian attribute to be fulfilled with prayers for a speedy recovery, by all.
Bob has a daughter that has shown the will-power and strength to compete in Triathlons and that takes some determination to accomplish. What this really tells us is that gene is an inherent characteristic that should power Bob through this crisis.

God speed Bob, and I hope that all of our prayers go to help you at this time.

Tony C.

Friday, December 03, 2004

I am shocked that Arnold passed away with cancer, I didn't know he was ill.
Arnold was my first maintenance man when I took over the minicams
on golf and other sports. When I first started, I wouldn't have succeeded
if Arnold wasn't there to help me. His knowlege of electronics amazed
me. I never had an on air failure on his watch. I'm talking about several years of shows.
He was a gentle person that only had good things to say about others.
Although I hadn't talked to him for a while, I will miss him knowing he is no longer with us.
God Bless...

Cal Marotta

Thursday, December 02, 2004

I must sadly report the passing of Arnold Mintz, on November 30, 2004. Arnold was only 58 years old.
Information at present is sketchy, however, I did learn that the services were held earlier today.
I am awaiting further information from his family so that we may include it in our "In Memoriam" area.
We extend our sympathies to Arnold's family and friends.


The title of this message is "a Christmas Gift, a Second Chance." Back in September I noticed a small lump on top of my head, after two weeks I went to my local dermatoligist. He immediately took a biopsy and two weeks later he called to tell me to see a surgical oncologist. This was all occuring in and around my visit to NY to see my daughter and grandchildren and to attend the retiree luncheon in October.
I was reluctant to mention it at the luncheon, not exactly a topic for a friendly get together - it was a malignant melanoma!
Upon visiting an oncologist in Berkeley we discussed the possibility of having the surgical procedure in Seattle where I would have family to look after me---it turned out to be a good decision. I met an absolutely professional and sensitive surgeon - Dr. Byrd - at the Seattle cancer care alliance. He discussed with me and my daughter, Laura, the procedure he would use and my chances of success -- 80-20!
The operation included removing two lymph nodes, removing a section of skin from my neck and reparing the removed skin from the top of my head. The nodes were sent in for a pathology determination-------thank God it turned out that there was NO evidence of cancer and more than likely never will be. My reason for sending this message is to stress the importance of examining your body for anything that might be suspicious and to seek out a dermatoligist. Only because I visit my local dermatologist regularly was I able to have a good outcome.

Have happy holidays---I will.


Bob Vernum

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

From the Peoples Pharmacy: Daily Press Wed. Dec. 1, 2004

Q: I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep.
Tape a dried Kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three fingers up the arm from the wrist crease.
This gives around eight hours sleep. If I have to get up to go to the bathroom, I still go right back to sleep. This approach is cheap and safe and better than anything I have used in the past.

A: You are describing a traditional acupressure point called the "Inner Gate." Pressing on this spot is reported to help reduce anxiety, and slow the heart and promote sleep.
A randomized study using sham acupressure points as controls demonstrated that such techniques can be effective against insomnia.

I make no claims for this.........I am mearly passing this along for those that suffer along with me on nights when sleep alludes. I hope it helps...

Tony C.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

I just received this email from George Naeder's daughter:

Dear Ted,
I really enjoyed the great picture that you posted of my dad, George Naeder. I printed it because I don't have that many pictures of him. It made me cry.
Even though it's been 5 years since he died I still miss him so much. I cry all the time.
Thank you for keeping the Memory of him Alive. He was a good hearted man.
Thank you for being his friend.

Sincerely, Patti Naeder Izzo
Patricia N. Izzo RN

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Friday, November 19, 2004

Hi Dave,

I don't know if you remember me, Al Cohen Video Tape Maint. I can't believe its been 16 years since I retired. A great deal has affected my life since then. I lived in East Meadow, L.I. and continued to live there after retiring in 1988. About 5 years ago I sold my home in L.I. and moved in with my son and his family. That is how I wound up in R.I. In my wildest dreams I never thought I'd end up in R.I., being N.Y. born and bred all my life. But you never know what fate has in store for you. Anyway, can you believe this is the first time I have gotten myself a computer and joined the rest of the world? I bought an inexpensive Compaq Presario and am signed up with an internet provider. I am quite new to this game so if ever you respond don't expect any expertise from me. I am on the CBS retirees mailing list and that is how I got your email address. Nice talking to you again Dave even if it is electonically.

Al Cohen
Four new pictures have been added to the 'Al Mazzo" collection.
View them here ---> The Al Mazzo Collection

Friday, November 12, 2004

Monday, November 08, 2004

I have just added a new album to our collection. It is located in the "Photo Reminiscences" area, and it is called Page 7. We start this new album off with a photo of the Video Maintenance shop at the Broadcast Center, c. 1970, courtesy of Harold Deppe. Let's get moving and send in more of your photos to help fill this album!
Click here for ---> Page 7

Friday, November 05, 2004

I was cleaning up some old files and I came across this. It was dated somewhere around October 9, 2004.
I don't recall if I ever posted it...

Memories are forever

I remember Tony's fine Italian cookouts on field crew remotes.
I remember Patty being stabbed by disturbed man delivering coffee during show rehearsal possibly Fred Waring or Vaughn Monroe show. A bad way to make the Daily News!
I remember Patty giving up his room at GOP convention in Miami 1968 so that I could bring down my sick wife. No questions asked. He sought me out having heard about my problems through the techs grapevine.
I remember working as Hal Classon's video man on Studio One.
I remember John Paola lending me money during some early financial problems. Again no questions asked.
I remember a young Dave Dorsett at MGM Telestudios.
I remember my working years from CBS usher at studio 50 (Sullivan theater) in 1948 to CBS/NY tech to MGM Telestudios to CBS /W to Telecolor productions (Washington) to USIA Worldnet TV to Retirement in 1997 as the best years of my life working with the best people.

Frank Novack

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Thursday, November 11, 2004 is Veteran's Day

Once again I wish to thank all those that served our county during the conflicts of the past.
The point being this is a time of the year when we remember the sacrifices that the young men and woman, of our country make on our behalf.
The solider that walks a lonely post, or a sailor on a ship under way, as he stands watch with the wind and rain in his face.
Or a clerk in the military that has the duty of the day, and vows that this country will not fail because of him.
To all of you in our CBS family that served this country, whether in combat or peacetime duty, the country thanks you, and your reward is the greatest that this country can give to each of you, the title… CITIZEN.

Tony Cucurullo

Pierce Evans (Battle of the Bulge)
Tom Delila, Guadalcanal
Major Jesse Rineer
Colonel Dom Corrado
Capt. Dave Paine, Fighter Pilot WW2
Lt. Jim Rose, Vietnam
Bernie Sweeney, 2nd Cav, Vietnam
Vernon Surphlis, China Burma, WW2
Vincent Bartilucci, Radio Op, B17 Memphis Belle Squadron. Dsc/Air Medal/Bronze Star…. Over 30 missions over Germany
Phil Polanski, WW2 Silver Star
Walter Cronkite, WW2
Andy Rooney, WW2
Neil McCaffery Viet Nam
Al Kozak Navy
Jim McCarthy, WW2, Europe
Al Fabricatore, WW2
Dennis "Patty" McBride, WW 2,Combal Photographer,
John Lincoln, WW2, Combat Photographer
Chico Claudio, WW2, Combat Photographer
Lt. Col. Sig Meyers. WW2, Combat Photographer, Phillipines
George Naeder, Battleship New Jersey, WW2
Capt. Herman Lang, WW 2, Gen. Patton's 3rd Army
Bob Dailey
Ted Perzeszty, Korea
Mike DeIeso, WW2, Philippines
Joe Strano
Gene Pasculli
Frank Marth
Dick Douglas
Capt. Frank Florio, Bombardier, Pacific
John Baranello, WW2
Rich Brender, Viet Nam
Capt. Harry Haigood, WW2
Al Consiglio
Joe Sokota
Vinnie Castrataro, Korea, WW2
Tony Cucurullo, WW2, Korea, UDT/Seals Assn.
Bill Naeder, 2nd.Inf. Div., Korea (14 months)
Marty Solomon
Harry Charles, WW2
Cal Marotta, Marines, WW2, Bikini, Guam
Sid Kaufman,1942-1946 U.S Signal Corps -42nd Rainbow Infantry Divison.
Larry Quinlan ,1 Marines Corp -S Solomons, & New Georgia, 3MACorp
Lou Mascek, WW2, USAF -Bougainville (deceased)
George Magee, USN WW2, -- Korea (deceased)
Jack Katz, WW 2, AAF, Tech.Sgt., Air Medal, 45 missions over Europe.
Anthony H Cipolla, WW2
Dan Parmelee, M/Sgt, WW2, Grp. Com. Chief, 366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.
Colonel William S. Paley, WW2, Office of Strategic Services
George Smith, WW2,
Bob Thomas, Telecine, Viet Nam (Agent Orange deceased)
Angelo 'Chic' Gulino, WW2, Marines- Pacific
Jim McQuiston, Navy, WW2 (deceased)
Lt. Elliot Gordon
Sgt. Bob Keeshan, (Capt. Kangaroo) Marines WW 2, Iwo Jima, Navy Cross
Sgt. Mike Kaufman, (Video Tape) Air Force, Korea, 1952
Paul Buda, WW2 (deceased)
Scott Eithier, Marines
Art Korff, Lt. Col, Air Force (still active…Langley, VA.)
Major Milt Greenwald
Sy Steiger, OSS, WW2
Bob Dailey, Combat Photographer 163rd Sig Photo Co., WW2
Royce Fish, WWII
James Herschel, U.S. Army, post Korea


When day is done, and the sun sets, at Arlington, the muted strains of the trumpeters wail still lingers as a cry in the hearts of the living.
Sweet repose is the blanket for all the souls of the citizenry that are in an eternal sleep beneath this hallowed ground.
The uniformity of religion stands silently and resolutely.
Yet, in the sepulcher, the remains of a cannon's shot does not mirror this quiet and serene composition.
It is left for the living to attain surcease from this anguish. For the soul is now in the embrace of deity's promise.
Incessantly do we implore that the soul be cleansed of all sinful exigencies. Does not the extreme sacrifice that was endured, act as a right of passage to the divine state?
If the soul does succeed to Nirvana, then, by divine generosity, it rewards the prayer with the calmness of the heart.
The mind must then dissolve all thoughts of the battle and replenish the heart with the love of GOD and the sanctity where love resides.
And yet, when sunset is complete, there is but one more note to be heard from the trumpets moan, ..."Day is done"
Tony Cucurullo

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Pictures from the NJ Luncheon on October 20, 2004 at the Meson Madrid are
now available for your enjoyment! Click here ---> NJ Luncheon

Monday, October 25, 2004

The "In Memoriam" page has been updated with some brief information about Mike Snyder,
and a new obit has been added for Edwin W. Davis, 35 year veteran of Engineering and Development.
He passed away on August 13, 2004, however, The information has just become available to me.
The information is in chronological order, so his information is located before Paul Buda's.
You can click here ---> "In Memoriam" page

Sunday, October 24, 2004

More new (old) pictures from the Al Mazzo collection! Click here ---> The Al Mazzo collection
New old photos from the Fred Schutz collection (courtesy of Agnes Schutz).
Photos going back to 1947!Click here --->The Fred Schutz collection
A new addition to the John Pumo Gallery! Click here --->Pumo Gallery

Saturday, October 23, 2004

An appreciative note from Mike Salgo:

Luncheon was held at midday at MESON MADRID Restaurant in Palisades Park in New Jersey not far from the GW BRIDGE.
Our table included DICK OBRIEN, ADRIAN ETTLINGER, ART YAMASAKI, BERNARDO COSACHOV, JOE MILANO, FRED KIESEL, and myself, as always this was a most congenial group with pleasant and interesting discussions.
Regards from other CBS RETIREES; RALPH GREEN, SI VOLINSKY, JOHN MC MACHAN,E LEE HART, JOE HOROWITZ,TOM OLSON,TOM QUINLAN who were unable to attend, Others who attended and came by our table included HAL GELLERT, TONY CASOLA and TED PERZESZTY.
Noted names of those who passed away this past year; LOU LAPORTE, CLARENCE HOPPER, BOB MONROE, VC METROPOLSKI, JIM MCQUISTON.
FACILITIES and food were excellent. Location was very easy accessible. Service was the worst I had experienced for this and similar affairs. Two waiters were not sufficient to handle 100 diners. Some of the food was cold by the time it reached our table. It was still good but would have been still better if it were at proper temperature.
All in all it was a pleasant affair and get together.
I mentioned latest public experiences of my son DR. PETER SALGO MD who for many years was MEDICAL CORESPONDENT on CBS and other networks staffs. He recently was KEYNOTE SPEAKER at major MEDICAL CONVENTIONS that had over 4000 DOCTORS in attendance. He now is HOSTING a PBS NETWORK 13 WEEK SERIES CALLED "SECOND OPINION" that will be on air nation wide starting later this month. His book "THE HEART OF THE MATTER" is now coming out as paperback.


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

I am so very sorry to hear about Les Burkhardt, and his heart problems; and too, his bout with the storms affecting all in Florida. I wish him well, particularly because with his support, and that of Adrian Ettlinger, and Bob Zagoren, we put our money up when it counted and with the collective wisdom of these gentlemen the WEB PAGE as we now know it came to fruition.

Although Les was having enormous visual problems, he persevered in his efforts to create the format for the page.

(ed. note: - I may just put up a copy of the original Home Page so you all can see how much progress we've made!)

Les has always been a conscience, and diligent worker for CBS, so it wasn't any surprise to see the effort he made for all of us. I hope events normal out for him, and Al Charters, and Ciff Rice, so that they can go back to enjoying their well earned retirement.

I take some comfort in seeing the news reports from people such as: Joe Strano, Ray Sills, Bob Maickel, and a quick note from one of the truly fair men in management, Jerry Stahler. I could fill a page about the good deeds he did on behalf of the technicians that he helped the union to save.

I wish there was more info about Mike Snyder. I remember a very young man, but, of robust proportions that always seemed to be jolly and friendly, and he always kept things in a light atmosphere. I wish some of his close friends could help Lisa, with her desire to know more about him.
Lisa, CBS hired only the best, so I am quite sure that your dad filled the mold of great technicians,
He had to work with the best in the world, and that would also include him.

Thanks again for an informative page.
Tony Cucurullo
Here is a copy of the NY Times obit for Mike Snyder.
It is a rather long column, so please wait for it to load.
Snyder obit

Monday, October 18, 2004


I spoke to Les Burkhardt yesterday and he is making a good recovery after undergoing heart bypass surgery in September. He is walking 2 to 3 miles a day and sounds great. The hurricanes did some damage to his home, roof, chimney, and pool, but his contractors are almost finished with the repairs. He said that Al Charters and Cliff Rice had some major storm damage but are otherwise O.K.
He sends his regards to all.

Joe Strano
I see where I am listed as missing. No more. I am living in Hilton Head, S.C. and attended the recent CBS reunion held at Bob Moore's House.

Jerry Stahler

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Unfortunately, this was the quickest I could post this.

Mike's daughter Lisa sent the following message and attachment. - Gayle

We are having a Memorial service for my dad, Mike Snyder, on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 2PM at Orland's Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Trenton, NJ 08618 (609-883-1400) followed by a lunch to celebrate his life at the Morningside Inn, 938 Bear Tavern Rd Ewing, NJ (RT 579) (609-530-0707) at 3PM. We should all be leaving together, so we can follow each other. Follow signs to the airport, but keep going straight passed the airport (on your right) pass the golf course and it will be on your right hand side. Please call them or check for directions if you need them.

I would really love it if you could share some of your stories about my dad, either by e-mailing me: LisaASnyder at, SUPER1015 at or by printing it out and giving it to me.

I have also set up a simple memorial guestbook on my webpage- please visit to sign the guestbook.

Pictures and other memories would also be greatly appreciated. Please send scanned pictures or other memorabilia to SUPER1015 at

Do you know if it would be at all possible to get some words said about him on the air? I know that's kind of out of left field, but he really loved CBS and working with audio and video, and all the shows he worked on. That is all he talked about, and everything he lived for, besides my family. Let me know if you know anyone back there at CBS. I talked to Tom Crocker, who was going to find out some information. I don't know if you know him, or not. It's a big company!

Thank every so much for your thoughts, prayers and for sharing your lives for the time you did with my dad.

Hi CBSers,

Sorry to report that I just heard from Johnny Koushouris, and he's been
suddenly called out of town and won't be able to make the luncheon. We'll
have to keep after him to get him to the next one.

Adrian Ettlinger

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Hello Gang:

I got the news yesterday from Brian McGovern that Mike Snyder has passed away. As you may know, he was not in good health in recent years, having suffered a stroke and had a few other problems.
As of last evening, I had not heard of his arrangements, but I guess that info will be available soon.

May he rest in peace.

Ray Sills

You may or may not know, Mike was a video man in studio show crews. His ham call sign was KA2HMP. Mike was a comedian on the side. I used to get a charge out of his answering the PL in Studio 46 while we were setting up for the Ch. 2 News at 11pm (Mike did video and I did audio).

PC would call... Mike would pick up the phone...PC would ask is anybody there?... (meaning directors or producers) Mike would reply "Nobody here...just ask anybody....they will tell you I'm nobody".

What a great loss. We all loved Mike. Rest in Peace Michael. Condolences to his wife and children.

Bob Maickel

Friday, October 15, 2004

To all cbs retirees;

The movie that I co-produced is slowly being sent to the video stores-" I'll Bury you tomorrow", a horror flick--
also -on the sports side- My new putter - the Cutter putter is avaiable.
See you at the luncheon!

Tony ancona pars3210 at

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Gates Says Broadcast TV Model Faces Irrelevancy

By Chris Marlowe
Thursday, October 14, 2004; 4:19 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Gates predicts a future for the entertainment industry in which traditional broadcast television is rendered irrelevant. It's a positive vision, however, because new and better business models made possible by technology are emerging.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Microsoft Corp. chairman and chief software architect, recalled a conversation in 1991 during which Larry Tisch was having buyer's remorse over his investment in CBS, noting that the impending changes were evident even then.
"Broadcast TV is under a challenge. That's news to no one," Gates said. "You know, ABC was more valuable for its (ESPN) sports franchise than its broadcast franchise even years ago. That was recognized. The networks have a still super-interesting position, but it won't be like it is today."

Gates Says Broadcast TV Model Faces Irrelevancy

By Chris Marlowe
Thursday, October 14, 2004; 4:19 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Gates predicts a future for the entertainment industry in which traditional broadcast television is rendered irrelevant. It's a positive vision, however, because new and better business models made possible by technology are emerging.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Microsoft Corp. chairman and chief software architect, recalled a conversation in 1991 during which Larry Tisch was having buyer's remorse over his investment in CBS, noting that the impending changes were evident even then.
"Broadcast TV is under a challenge. That's news to no one," Gates said. "You know, ABC was more valuable for its (ESPN) sports franchise than its broadcast franchise even years ago. That was recognized. The networks have a still super-interesting position, but it won't be like it is today."

Monday, October 11, 2004

Hey! You think you had a bad winter? Well, here is one from our good buddy from the land of the chad.
Tony Cucurullo

Hi Guys,
Thanks for asking (you know who you are) and if you were wondering but didn't ask, here it is in a nutshell.

We had a bad time with the hurricanes. Re Frances ~~~ lost all shingles and tar paper on south side of main roof , on south dormer, and part of north dormer. ~~~~ extensive water damage inside.
Fascia and soffit ripped off pretty much all the way around.
Sally's beautiful garden was shredded.
Roofers got us "dried in" with tar paper, but along came Jeanne, ~~~~ ripping it all off again and more water damage inside.
In between, Ivan went in on the Gulf side, inundated most of the east side of the country, finally went out to sea in New England but came back as a long- duration northeaster that eroded away about 150 YARDS of our recently renourished beach to a depth of nearly 20 feet and covered everything with windblown sand.

So much damage all over Florida that we are way down the list to get the roof properly repaired so we have been "dried in" with tar paper again and are praying for no more rain.
The up side~~~~~
We are alive, safe, and feeling very lucky that it wasn't worse.

Pierce Evans
John Taddei is out of the hospital and has been back on the 2 meter CBS
Retiree's Net and is doing OK. He is very pleased that his wife Anna is
now also at home after many months in the hospital and nursing home
where she received treatment for a back injury.

Sad to report that Marvin Zeichner, who was a technician at WCBS radio
for more than 20 years, passed away this August at his home in Florida.
Marv was a great guy, a fine technician and a good shop steward. He
shall be missed.

Bob Maickel
Here's some news which will be of interest to our more senior oldtimers.
Dick O'Brien and I had lunch with Johnny Koushouris last Thursday. And we
have him persuaded to join in on the 10/20 luncheon. I know I've been
seeing at least a few of Johnny's old friends at some of our luncheons --
three that come to mind are Red Berridge, Joe Sokota and Artie Tinn.

If any of you are in touch with others who might be interested, please tip
them off.

----Adrian Ettlinger

I've been sending e-mails to everyone to notify them of our Fall Luncheon. We received about 35 e-mails that have wrong addresses. I'm listing the names below, please update your e-mail. addresses.
Tom Bailey F. Gordon Barnes Lloyd Blackledge
Joe Bonomo Bill Chen Mike Cosenza
Fred Dansereau Sal Frisina Bob Gross
Paul Herschander Bill Higgins Bernie Jacobs
Ethal Jacobs Richard LaMotta Herman Lang
Lee Levy Felix Luczak Allan McConnell
Greg O'Conner Ralph Paskman Pamela Peterson
Howie Purnick Albert Rosen Bob Schoppe
Dick Sedia Stan Seiller Al Siegler
George Smith Walter Soucy Jr. Dick Streeter
Arthur Volstad Mal Waldman Ray Walsh
John Wells Bernie Wolf

Tony Casola

Saturday, October 09, 2004

I have been asked as to why I don’t mention some names whenever I write my little vignettes about members of our CBS family.
First and foremost, it comes down to my having actual contact with that person. Generally, a vision of that person appears from my reverie and I can conjure up the image just as if I was viewing a picture. I have always had this ability to see these visualizations; this has also helped me in my work, as I am able to see the director's shot even before he calls it. I know it sounds like so much persiflage (BS) but you either have it or you don’t.

Well, when I talked about Patty, (for instance) I pictured those people he generally worked with, and also the ones I was associated with. I mention the names of those that come to mind, and there isn’t any other criterion that enters into my selection.

When I mention cameramen, I was duly impressed with the continuous quality work of the likes of Classon, Lincoln and McBride, but that doesn’t preclude the many equally great technicians that worked at CBS.

I didn’t think I offended anyone when I mentioned these great men; apparently there are some that felt slighted. I am sure though that even these detractors could not disagree that those I selected would be on anyone’s list of outstanding performers in our industry of the visual arts?

I am also dead sure that in the future (if some of you would only start to share some of your thoughts) there will be those that will include the likes of George Klimsack, Rick Blane, Mike Zwick, George Graffeo, and those hard working giants in ENG, Tom Fisher, Barry Weiss and Jim Fleischmann. These men have already carved their niche in the pantheon of CBS greats.

So, once again I will apologize to anyone that I have missed. I plead an old man's (77) senior moment, but in my heart there are so many great people that I met at CBS that I would have to just publish the technicians seniority list to cover my ass.

And to you booby I love you still.

Tony Cucurullo
Tony C.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Received the sad news that Edwin H. Davis past away in August, 2004. I have no additional information, as it was sent to me by e-mail. He lived in Falls Church, VA.

Tony Casola

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Patty McBride-1950

August 25th, 2004. Probably just another sun filled day out in Arizona. From dawn until dusk, the world turned, and it filed another chapter of the human experience in the archives of existence.

Unnoticed, save those few family members, was the passing of an 84 year old, tall, gaunt man, that was, or could have been the poster-man for the Irish wit, the Irish mannerisms, and the all that imagery that ensconces the Irish mysticism.
Patty McBride was a talent unto himself. A cameraman, with an aesthetic eye, and an artistic bent. One doesn’t have to compare him to Classon, Lincoln or Paoli, because Patty was the definitive cameraman. A fun individual to be around, but a “no nonsense guy” during the ”Show.”
A combat photographer in WW 2... the transition to studio show crews... thence to the field of sports, was a natural assimilation for his immense talents.

Pat loved a practical joke. He and his cohort, Al Kozak, set the bar for the legendary pranks plied on fellow CBS’ers. On the road, he was a sugar-holic along with yours truly. We attacked the desert bars on many a remote, with vigor.

All the accolades aside, I will miss him, for he was a good friend. To muse about our times together forces my reverie to see in my minds eye, Joe Sokota, Jim McCarthy, Jim Murphy, Stan Gould, Bob (Capt. Kangaroo, Patty’s dear friend) Keeshan, Al “The Weeper” Loreto, Cal Marotta, Dick Douglas and Bob Dailey. These thoughts and so many more of his friends make a composite of the greatness of this giant technician of the arts. He belongs with them, and they within him, as one.

Over the years I lost touch with him and “no one” apparently knew of his whereabouts. Thanks, old-friend, for the encouragement you gave to me and to so many others.

Oi ‘dink Oi knew ye lad, but……..did I ever?

God rest…….Dennis Pat McBride

Tony Cucurullo.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Re: Patty McBride

The only address I have is, Bull Head, Arizona, But there will be an 11 AM Mass on Friday Oct. 8th at St. Frances DeChantal RC Church at 1309 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh L.I. NY
Telephone number 516-785-2333.

Art Murphy
Hi Everyone,
I was asked if we had Bus Directions to the Meson Madrid Restaurant in Palisades Park, NJ, for our Luncheon on October 20th . Directions are as follows:

From the Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the NJ Transit bus #154 leaving from gate 214. The fare is about $2.55 one way. Inform the driver that you are heading to Palisades Park via Bergen Blvd. Meson Madrid is on 343 Bergen Blvd.

Any questions, phone number is (201) XXX-XXXX Sorry wrong number
Correct number (201) 947-1038
Sorry to pass on the sad news that Patty McBride died in Arizona on Aug 25 2004. He was in his 84th year and was an Emmy award winning CBS camera man and a decorated WW2 veteran. In 1953 I worked on the live Jackie Gleason show with him. You couldn't meet a nicer man.

Art Murphy
(My new address is Lonart24 at
Two new pictures of the "gathering of the clan" at Hilton Head on Oct. 10, 2004
have been added here --->Assorted Pictures - Album #3

Saturday, October 02, 2004

to all CBS retirees:

The Movie " I'll bury you tomorrow" co-produced by Tony Ancona- is having another theather screening at the Two Boots Pioneer theather-- on Oct 6th.

155 E. 3rd St. nyc- at 9.p.m.----- it is a horror movie
come on down.

Tony Ancona
retired from cbs --but not from life

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Ernie Anastos Jumps From WCBS To WNYW
This was an offer I couldn't refuse'

Ernie Anastos is local television's new $10 million man.

Anastos is set to make a stunning move ? he's walking away from his anchor gig at WCBS, his home of the past four years ? for WNYW.

He's jumping ship to WNYW with a new five-year deal estimated to be worth a whopping $10 million, the Daily News has learned. The hush-hush deal was hammered out in secrecy during the past month, with only the top executives at each station and a few others aware of the change.

Until now.

Anastos confirmed the shift when questioned by The News last night.

"Fox made me an offer I couldn't refuse," Anastos said, declining to discuss contract terms. "I am honored and humbled by their enthusiasm and commitment."

It's a deal that will change the local television landscape, leaving WNYW's Len Cannon without an anchor slot and WCBS's Roz Abrams partnerless.

That's because Anastos will become the Fox-owned station's lead anchor. He's expected to be teamed with market veteran Rosanna Scotto on WNYW's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

He also will develop specials for WNYW and the Fox Network, and he may have some ties with the Fox News Channel.

"This is a challenge, and a sense of renewal," Anastos said. "This is an opportunity to grow and develop. I enjoy what I do. ... I don't look upon my work as work."

WNYW's blockbuster deal to land Anastos is unusual, considering he still had two years to go on his pact with WCBS. WCBS officials granted Anastos' agent permission to talk with their rival.

And bagging Anastos is a major score for WNYW. He has been in the market since 1978 and is beloved by viewers and respected by colleagues.

Speculation is that he will start at WNYW later this year, meaning Cannon will be dropped as Scotto's co-anchor.

Scotto and Anastos have a history. They both worked at WABC in the mid-1980s, when he was an anchor and she a correspondent. They also have co-hosted telethons.

Pairing the two is the latest effort by WNYW News Director Scott Matthews to beef up the station's occasionally maligned news franchise.

WNYW has led the 10 p.m. news race for years but has not been as successful with its early-evening newscasts, which were launched in 2002. Under a previous news director, WNYW earned a reputation for going big on theatrics at the risk of credibility.

"I hope to bring all my years of experience in broadcast journalism to Fox and continue their tradition of quality, integrity and performance," Anastos said. "It's always humbling when someone wants you ? and shows you that respect."

Since Anastos arrived on the city's airwaves, he has generated a following ? and confidence ? with viewers. He has worked at WABC, WWOR and has done two tours of duty at WCBS.

"I love this city and the people who live in and around New York, New Jersey and Connecticut," Anastos said.

Anastos' departure leaves WCBS in a bit of a pickle. Anastos is currently paired with Roz Abrams on the station's 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, and there's no obvious replacement in house. Former WNBC morning anchor Maurice DuBois, now co-anchor on the 6 p.m. news, could make the shift, but he just got there.

Likewise, word of Anastos' new deal comes just as WCBS launched a major promotional campaign built around Anastos, Abrams and other recent hires, such as weatherman John Bolaris, DuBois and sportscaster Chris Wragge.

Indeed, Anastos has been the one constant during a few years of ongoing change at WCBS, including the high-profile firing of Warner Wolf.

On a larger scale, his exit comes at a time when CBS, the parent of WCBS, is under a dark cloud because of the mishandling of a story about President Bush's military career by "60 Minutes Wednesday" and a $550,000 Federal Communications Commission fine for Janet Jackson's Super Bowl stunt.

And now, the lead anchor on the network's flagship station is leaving.

"There's absolutely no connection between the two," Anastos said of the CBS News flap.

Also, Anastos is leaving just as the station's key 11 p.m. newscast is gaining steam in the ratings.

"I've had a wonderful experience at CBS, I have a lot of friends there," he said. "I'm proud of our work. But this was a wonderful offer from Fox."
CBS Mum On When Rather To Retire
By Jacques Steinberg
The New York Times - Via Gail DePoli

Dan Rather's acknowledgment that he erred in broadcasting a recent "60 Minutes" report about President George W. Bush's National Guard service has further complicated two of the most delicate questions in television news: When and to whom will Rather relinquish the anchor chair of "The CBS Evening News"?

CBS has never disclosed a timetable for replacing Rather, who will turn 73 next month and has been the anchor of the nightly news since March 1981. But executives atop the network and its news division had begun discussing a transition plan in the weeks before Sept. 8, when the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes" broadcast its report based on documents that CBS officials now say cannot be authenticated, one of the executives said late last week.

The options under consideration include having Rather step down sometime next spring, perhaps near the end of the prime-time season in May, giving his replacement the relatively low-profile summer months to find his bearings, said the executive, who requested anonymity out of fear of being fired at a time of turmoil at CBS News. But no date had been fixed.

Although the networks' evening newscasts have seen their ratings and influence whittled away by the rise of 24-hour cable news channels and the availability of news on the Internet, the anchor chair remains one of the most prestigious positions in television journalism. The two most likely successors to Rather, at least as handicapped by the network's rank-and-file correspondents and producers, have long been considered to be John Roberts, the chief White House correspondent for CBS News, and Scott Pelley, a correspondent for the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes." Neither has strong name recognition among viewers, and the network has not ruled out looking beyond its own news division.

Now, however, whatever transition discussions were under way have been upended. Last week CBS commissioned two outsiders to investigate the journalistic breakdowns that resulted in the broadcast not only of the flawed report but of Rather's early, emphatic assurances that the documents were authentic, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

Depending on how damaging the final report is to Rather, it could hasten his departure - or it could extend his stay at the anchor desk, particularly if network executives decide they cannot make a move until the controversy over the report has sufficiently cooled.

"Just dealing with this," the CBS executive said of the investigation and its fallout, "takes priority for the next one, two, three months."

The final decision on Rather's future is expected to rest with two people: Andrew Heyward, the president of CBS News; and Leslie Moonves, the chairman of CBS and the co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, the network's parent company. In an interview on Friday, Heyward declined to answer questions about the most recent conversations surrounding any transfer of the anchor post, other than to say that "there is no timetable in place."

"We have always said that there would be an orderly transition at an appropriate time," Heyward said, "and any discussions we have had are part of that process."
A spokeswoman for Rather, Kim Akhtar, said Sunday that she would refer any questions about his future to Heyward.

The question of what to do about Rather - whose broadcast has languished in third place, behind NBC and ABC, for nearly a decade - began to take on greater urgency in recent months, as NBC has prepared to pass the baton of its nightly newscast from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams.

That generational change, which NBC announced more than two years ago and which represents the first shuffling of network anchor chairs in two decades, will happen in December.

The installation of Williams, 45, a former White House correspondent perhaps best known for anchoring newscasts on NBC's cable networks, is expected to touch off a period of anchor-shopping among viewers.
Rather's 'Memogate': We Told You So, Conservatives Say
Peter Johnson
USA TODAY - Via Gail DePoli

A two-man panel appointed by CBS is now looking into what went wrong in the "Memogate" scandal involving Dan Rather and his Sept. 8 60 Minutes piece, which questioned President Bush's military service in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

But fueling recent anger toward the network is a decades-old complaint by conservatives that Rather and CBS News are pro-Democrat and liberal, and that both use any chance they get to bash right-leaning politicians and issues.

Issues of bias aside, observers say that Rather's personality and colorful history, mixed with recent editorial calls and CBS' initial strident defense of what turned out to be flawed reporting, have created a firestorm. And the controversy may be remembered as one of the defining stories of the 2004 campaign.

Last week, Rather, who'll anchor CBS' coverage this week of the first presidential debate, told USA TODAY that he respects both President Bush and his father and has no ideological ax to grind. He has long denied that either he or CBS lean left.

CBS staffers defend the anchor and the network. Veteran White House correspondent Bill Plante says detractors are approaching with biases of their own: "If you're predisposed to believe that, then how am I going to convince you otherwise? It's like nailing Jell-O to a wall."

Mike Wallace says that the liberal tag is bogus and that he has "nothing but professional respect" for Rather. Wallace and his longtime producer Bob Anderson say that no one at CBS ever tests the political winds before deciding on a story. "Liberal, conservative, it never occurs to anybody," says Wallace, who has befriended both Malcolm X and Nancy Reagan.

"We have always historically felt that if we catch hell from both sides on a given issue or story, then we've done the story right," says Anderson, who describes himself as a "Goldwater Democrat."

But the label has managed to stick all these years precisely because "there is some reason for it," says New Yorker writer Peter Boyer, a veteran CBS watcher. He notes that Rather also "has been uniquely prone to incident in his career" ? from being assaulted in Midtown Manhattan as his attacker chanted "what's the frequency, Kenneth?" to Rather's bizarrely signing off from The CBS Evening News in the '80s by saying "courage."

Two famous video clips ? Rather jousting with President Nixon at a Texas broadcasters convention in 1974; and he and the senior George Bush, then vice president, going at each other in 1988 over the Iran-Contra scandal ? have been repeatedly used by conservatives as evidence that Rather has it in for Republicans. (It's hard to imagine Rather's competitors, NBC's Tom Brokaw or ABC's Peter Jennings, acting similarly, Boyer says.)

Then in recent months, 60 Minutes scored a number of interviews with former members of the Bush administration who have turned critical of the White House. It culminated in June when the newsmagazine talked to the right wing's biggest foe: Former president Bill Clinton, promoting his memoir, was granted an unprecedented full hour.

Finally, at a time when "even the most casual and moderately informed viewer" knew that John Kerry, tarred by conservatives in the "swift boat" ads, planned to make an issue of Bush getting special treatment during Vietnam, "lo and behold, in the middle of this comes the 60 Minutes story," Boyer says. "It was kind of a perfect storm for those inclined to believe that CBS News is the repository of biased, anti-conservative, anti-Bush evil."

Conservative cartoonist Bruce Tinsley says several studies have shown that the media are overwhelmingly liberal, and he doesn't buy their claim to be unbiased.

"They say, 'OK, so we're liberal, but it doesn't affect our jobs. We put on our objective journalist's hat when we walk through that door.' That's like me saying, 'Yes, I do sit on the board of Halliburton and several logging companies, but when I go in there to cover environmental issues I put on my other hat and I'm objective.' I don't think it is human nature to be able to do it, but somehow most journalists get away with saying that," he says.

So his syndicated King Features strip, Mallard Fillmore, will wade into the Rather-CBS fray starting Oct. 4. The first strip paints Rather as paranoid, envisioning the scandal surrounding the memo story as some sort of Nixonian plot.

"I was trying to get across something of Dan's personality, but also the idea that he really does seem, when confronted, to go off the deep end a little bit and make himself look really silly."

Has CBS historically ducked the question of its supposed liberal bias? No, says Wallace, who will host a small dinner party for Rather this week in New York. "We are what we are. We have a reputation still for objectively covering the news."
...and how strange to use the night to announce the way they decide to get Conan O'Brien to not jump to ABC, but promise him Jay's job 5 years in advance?? Gail DePoli

NBC Blows A Golden Opportunity
New York Daily News

Everything that's wrong with television these days, and with NBC in particular, is reflected in tonight's stunning disregard for TV history, tradition and quality.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the "The Tonight Show" - and NBC isn't bothering to mount a retrospective special in prime time.

Instead, while it could be celebrating one of the most durable and influential entertainment series in network history, Jeff Zucker's NBC proudly presents another first-run edition of "Fear Factor."

To be fair, NBC hasn't turned its back on its past completely. "Today" started showing anniversary "Tonight Show" clips on Friday, and features special retrospective segments today. Also, this evening's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" features Garry Shandling and musical guest Hilary Duff in what it's describing as "a special show paying tribute to NBC late-night's 50th anniversary."

So even though Leno famously failed to thank his 30-year predecessor, Johnny Carson, the night he took over "The Tonight Show," there will be some form of homage tonight on "Tonight" - presumably not only to Carson, but to Carson's equally pioneering predecessors, Jack Paar and Steve Allen.

Even so, there are two horrendously misguided aspects to this.

First, if NBC is choosing tonight to celebrate, in its own words, "NBC late-night's 50th anniversary," it's throwing the party about five years too late.

Any true golden-age anniversary of NBC late-night should be keyed to "Broadway Open House," which aired weeknights on the network from 11 p.m.-midnight beginning in May 1950.P

Jerry Lester was the live program's host three days a week, with a company that included the statuesque Dagmar, TV's first sex symbol. Morey Amsterdam, later of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," was the other host when "Broadway Open House" launched. NBC late night, for the record, started there.

The other ghastly aspect of NBC's treatment of its own history is the absence of a prime-time special tonight. The network is planning a major "Seinfeld" reunion special this Thanksgiving, fondly remembering a show that left the air only six years ago.

But "The Tonight Show," in prime time, is old news. Even "Today," when it turned 50 two years ago, celebrated in prime time. So why not "Tonight"? The current NBC regime is either too young or too unappreciative, or both, to comprehend what a stupendous, stupid snub this is.

When "Tonight!" was launched on Sept. 27, 1954, Steve Allen warned his audience at the start, "This program is going to go on forever!" So far, it has, and each incarnation has made an indelible mark on TV and popular culture. The current host has given us "Jaywalking" spots, real-life ad and headline blunders - amusing variations on bits that can be traced to the original "Tonight" show, but are part of NBC's late-night continuum.

Allen's "Tonight!" (1954-57) gave us "Stump the Band" and the "Answer Man," the desk-and-couch arrangement for guests, and lots of freewheeling comedy and stunts that David Letterman still echoes today. "The Jack Paar Tonight Show" (1957-62) elevated conversation, candor and the unpredictability of live TV to new, still unchallenged heights. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962-92) gave us just about everything. Leno, just the other night, frolicked with zoo animals the way Carson used to do, and with equal delight.

What a legacy: Art Fern and Aunt Blabby, Carnac the magnificent, the monologues, the guests, the great times, from Ed McMahon screaming "Heeeeere's Johnny!" to Bette Midler serenading Carson goodbye with her own lyrics to "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)."

Midler knew how to honor a legacy with taste and class. Too bad NBC doesn't.

Seven years from now, though, NBC probably can be counted on to present a prime-time 10th anniversary special - of "Fear Factor."


It appears that Express Scripts has raised their prescription prices considerably!
I was shocked to find that one of my prescriptions which was a generic, cost $12 at the pharmacy, and has now DOUBLED in price. A second prescription which was not generic, was capped at $50 and is now $75!
These are monthly prescriptions. On checking with Express Scripts, I find that if these are mailed in to them, the $24/month rx is $12 for THREE MONTHS, and the $75/month rx is $100 for THREE MONTHS!

Make sure that you can get your prescriptions filled for three months and have enough time to mail them in.
If not, Express Scripts charges $18 to overnight your prescriptions, so in an emergency, you can get them quickly.

I am waiting for a call back from Viacom Benefits, to see what they have to say about this situation, and if there is any further clarification, I will post it as soon as I know.
Update for the last post:

John Taddei's direct hospiltal phone number is 914-681-1503

Monday, September 27, 2004

Just got off the phone with John Taddei who asked me to forward the
info that he has been in White Plains Hospital since Wednesday,
undergoing tests. He has a blood pressure problem in which his
pressure drops when he rises. Sorry I wasn't thinking fast enough
to get his phone/room number.
Am still awaiting antenna shipment ti be able to join you all. Miss
the contact but am just back from Dayton and leaving for a few days
in the Catskills at Villa Roma to reunite with some other Western
Electric alumni. Talk to you next week.

Bob Maickel, KC2EMG

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Holy Cow, Batman! The current newsletter is now available for your perusal.
Take note of the new location for our New Jersey Luncheon.
Our intrepid scouting team, Ted Perzeszty and Tony Casola, have come up with what looks like a winner!
You can reach the Newsletter via the Home Page, or you can click here --->Current Newsletter.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Hi Members,
The luncheon notice has been mailed yesterday, Monday, September 20th, it will be posted on the website sometime this week. I will send out e-mails soon. Please notify us of any e-mail address changes. By this coming week I will list the e-mails that have been returned undelivered.

Tony Casola
516 541-2263

Sunday, September 12, 2004

( 2-Stories. 1st from Hollywood Reporter. 2nd from local paper in CT)
Submitted by Gayle DePoli

Sep. 11, 2004
Joan Snyder dies; CBS News veteran
By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK -- Joan Snyder, a pioneering female writer, producer and correspondent for CBS News, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital after a long illness. She was 69.

Snyder had a nearly 30-year career at CBS News, where she wrote and produced for many of the network's stars, including Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Charles Kuralt. In 1967, she was one of the first female TV journalists to travel with a camera crew, covering elections, political conventions and the space program. She became an on-air correspondent for the weekend "CBS Evening News" and, later, "Sunday Morning."

"She was one of the pioneer women reporters who opened new opportunities for women at CBS News and throughout American journalism in the 1960s and 1970s," Rather said in a statement. "She did it by hard work, talent and adherence to the highest standards.

Although she had been at CBS News for 11 years, first as a news writer and then as a producer, it wasn't until a chance interview in 1972 that she got in front of the camera. It was an interview segment that she produced for the "CBS Evening News" with singer-songwriter Don McLean, who was then riding high on the pop charts with "American Pie."

One of her most noted pieces was more than just a workaday story for Snyder. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 1980s and was successfully treated with a surgical procedure that was controversial at the time -- a lumpectomy. Snyder reported a series for "CBS Evening News" to educate women about the procedure. In 1987, she became a producer and correspondent at "Sunday Morning" and filed features and profiles. She left CBS News in 1991 to become a freelance producer.

Snyder, who grew up in Kentucky and the Bronx, graduated from the City College of New York in 1957. After working at a trade publication and United Press International, she became a news writer at CBS News.
She is survived by two half brothers, Robert and Kenneth Snyder, and her stepmother, Catherine Snyder, all of whom live in New York.
Joan Snyder, CBS News producer and correspondent, dead at 69
September 11, 2004

NEW YORK -- Associated Press

Joan Snyder, who wrote and produced for Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace and Dan Rather during her decades-long career at CBS News, has died. She was 69.

Ms. Snyder died Thursday after a long illness, according to a statement from CBS News.

Ms. Snyder, a 1957 graduate of City College, started her professional career at a food trade magazine, then moved to United Press International before joining CBS News as a writer in 1961. From that position, she moved to producing the weekend evening newscasts, and became a producer/correspondent in 1972.

She moved to CBS News Sunday Morning in 1987 before leaving the company in 1991. As a freelancer, she worked for a number of organizations including Time Warner and Fox.

Ms. Snyder is survived by two half brothers, Robert and Kenneth Snyder, and her stepmother, Catherine Snyder.
Copyright © 2004, Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Isaias Rivera
Robert Pattison

Lord, let us never forget the tragic events that led to the death of two of CBS’s finest employees. May their families find the peace in their hearts that strengthens their resolve. We ask, Lord, that this treachery never again befalls onto any one, anywhere that freedom lives.
I felt that sentiment later in the month of the treacherous attack on our nation. But, now, with the death toll climbing of our military forces in the fight for the freedom of people in the oppressed countries of the world, I don’t want to become complacent and accept the higher body count with a blasé attitude.
We at CBS lost two coworkers who became the first casualties of the war on terrorism. They are not listed in the daily body counts, nor are they considered “Killed in action,” along with the military.
We will never forget them. As the innocent victims of such a cowardly act they become symbolic heroes, in the fight against evil.
There are other members of the broadcast industry that lost their lives on that memorable day of infamy. They too, should be eulogized along with our own family members. And it goes with out saying, that all those who died in that holocaust showed the fight-back-courage that is inherent in our American system of freedom of choices.
September 11th, 2001 should not be the catch phrase for the politicians to gather votes, but a day for all Americans to realize that the battlefield is now at our doorstep and to be ever on guard for the evil of terrorism to fester in our midst.

Once again, we pray for their immortal souls and hope that there is a softening of the pain their families felt because of their loss.

CBS Retirees Staff

Tony Cucurullo
From: Clement, Maria K
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 1:49 PM
To: CBS Sports
Subject: Regina Arazosa

It is with the deepest sadness that I have to tell you all that Regina passed away today. Regina worked at CBS for over 30 years and made friends every step of the way. I know so many of you were thinking of her and praying for her during her long fight with illness. Some of you spoke with her and many more of you sent you messages through Sue and I. She got them all and appreciated all of the kindness sent her way. She will always remain the greatest example to us all of remaining cheerful and positive under the most trying circumstances. We will all miss her.

Thursday, September 9, 2004
2:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Frederic's Funeral Home
192-15 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, Queens 11368

Friday, Sept. 10 (Time to Follow) Funeral Mass
St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church
Flushing, Queens

Monday, September 06, 2004

Two new images have been added here from Dave Minott's visit with George Smith at his place in Chatham, NY--->Assorted Pictures #3

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Here is an electoral vote predictor.
Click on the icon to get more detailed information.

I have added eight new pictures to the "Jack Katz Collection" for your perusal and enjoyment!
Here is the quick way to get there --->The "Jack Katz Collection" - Page 2

Tuesday, August 31, 2004


I just received this information from CBS Benefits Dept.
All those that are holding CBS/Viacom stock options can check their holdings and/or execute their options
via the Smith Barney website. Here is the procedure:

--Log onto\registration

--Enter your SSN; Viacom Ticker Symbol = VIAB; First 3 letters of your first name

That is the entire registration process. From that you will receive 2 mailings:

1) Welcome Kit with a user name and PIN # (should receive in 7-10 business days)

2) User password (should come a few days after the Welcome Kit)

You will need those 3 pieces of information (username, PIN #, user password) to log onto your account on the website.

This is especially useful for retirees, as it appears that we do not get any regular updates regarding options.


Friday, August 27, 2004

I seem to have found Mr. Gamble's number. When I call him I'll alert him to your group. He was given billing as technical director on a number of shows including Ed Sullivan, "What's My Line?", "To Tell the Truth," and I think "I've Got a Secret."(by the way, I think there's a 1959 show featuring one or two cameramen with the panel trying to guess their "lines!"). I've been curious as to the color of the "WML?" sets (even the pictures in the CBS photo archive are b&w).
Do you also know of anyone who was familiar with the policies at CBS of saving 2"/quad master tapes? Most all other 2" video is long gone (the only post-1957 Goodson-Todman produced programs saved on 2" are those daytime "TTTTs," a couple of nighttime "TTTTs," and the 1962-65 nighttime "Passwords." All else is around, but on kines).
The "Sullivan" 2" tapes start around 1959. It's fascinating seeing videotape from that long's a real window to the past.

Any help answering these questions will be most appreciated.

Thanks from a fan.
email me at:

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Sadly, I must report the passing of Ben Colon, retired from the B.O.C. area at the Broadcast Center in New York.
Ben passed away on August 23, 2004 from possible heart failure.

The viewing will be held on August 28 and August 29 from 2 P.M. until 9 P.M. at the Thomas C. Montero Funeral Home located at:
1848 Westchester Ave.
Bronx NY 10472-3016
Tel: 718-824-3700

The funeral will be held on August 30, 2004 at 10:00 A.M. at:
Blessed Sacrament Church
1160 Beach Ave.
Bronx NY 10472-3214
Tel: 718-892-3214
What a wonderful tribute to a CBS giant was just posted by the son of Paul Buda.
Once again this PAGE filled in the gaps in the life of one of CBS's technical luminaries. Apparently, his life was about accepting challenges: music, electronics, tinkering, creating art, each a reward unto itself.
We labor alongside a person without ever knowing the depths of a man's talent and soul. It is to our regret that we couldn't enjoy his glories during our times together. As his Son filled us in on this talented man, he also elevated all of us by allowing us to share a reflected glory, by association, with him.
Paul Buda belongs in the pantheon of CBS greats, but apparently, his greatest talent was the love he created for his children and that love they returned to him.
Peace be with them, and to his soul.

Tony Cucurullo
A new addition has been made to the "In Memoriam" page.
In memory of the passing of Paul Buda, his son, Paul, had written a fitting eulogy, which he delivered at his father's funeral. It is reproduced here, as it had been delivered. Click here to view it --->Paul Buda's eulogy

Monday, August 23, 2004

The next Get-together Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2004. It will be at Meson Madrid Restaurant in Palisades Park, NJ, 343 Bergen Blvd. Restaurant names were given to us by members, and thereafter were visited, viewed and checked out. The luncheon notice will be posted on the website and mailings will be sent out in September.

We do not have the latest e-mail address of some retirees, please keep us updated. In April, the last time I sent out e-mails about 30 came back that could not be delivered.

Tony Casola

Saturday, August 21, 2004

August 18, 2004 Bellmore, L.I. Mini-Luncheon:

In attendance: Irwin & Pearl Solow & Sam, Tony & Flo Casola, Dave & Holly Minott, Ted Perzeszty, Everett Schuval, Gary Grasso, Pete Deller, Tony Cucurullo, Lou Wiggan, Gene Pasculli & Mike DeIeso

I was visiting my daughter, who happens to live in New Jersey, when I received a call from Ted Perzeszty who invited me to the luncheon in Bellmore, Long Island. I traveled 64 miles each way to attend and I was reluctant to drive that far as I can't apply that much pressure on my foot for too long a time. But, I will say from the outset: it was very enjoyable.

The only negative aspect was that it could have been a little more intimate, as we sat on a long table and it is very hard to converse with those that are a distance away. The din was another problem, because most of us have a hearing problem of sorts due to the nature of the industry we plied. Most worked in Tape, Telecine, and Maintenance with all the whirring machines, and those that had to wear headsets most of their lives, well, we are now plagued with all the ensuing hard to hear intricacies of dialogue. Some of it becomes comical. The waitresses don't believe the fact that we had to ask her to repeat the menus, over-and-over again.

As you can see by the names (above) of those that attended, it was quite diverse, and the good clean jibing done by all was what makes it interesting. Although as is the case with most maintenance characters, sooner or later someone is going to start a technical dissertation on some piece of equipment, and they were off to the races with that line.
They traversed from radio tubes, #80 power types all the way to IB3's in TV sets. I kept thinking of Harold Deppe who is always imploring us to submit information on the equipment previously used in his sphere of broadcast world. He would have loved this luncheon!

One could immediately observe about the group, that most of us lost HAIR. There must be a terrorist gene in men that causes hair to disappear. Some, like Lou Wiggan, could boast about his massive hair, and beautiful suntan. He wouldn't say as to how he maintains it year round.
Ted P, was telling us that with the rising cost of medical care, he must maintain his pacemaker, and defibrillator twice a year, so he found that MEINEKE, and MIDAS MUFFLER do just a good a job as the doctor.

Dave Minott took most of the pictures, hence he isn't in any of them. Not to worry though he still looks the same, like a mad scientist.

Several of the men had their wives with them, and I must conclude that the wives faired better than the CBS technicians, for they all looked lovely. I didn't know I could bring my wife. I would have, even though Paula always embarrasses me by taking home all the bread sticks and napkins. This time Mike DeIeso beat her to it.
And one quick comment... Gene Pasculli, I should tell your wife that you ordered and ate fishcakes and spaghetti (that looked like limp worms) in a Greek diner. Yuk!!!
If this is the spirit that pervades during these luncheons, then I recommend that you try to be at the next one, if not, make the big luncheon that is coming up on October 20th in New Jersey; check with Tony Casola, another great guy.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, August 19, 2004

A new album of the August 18, 2004 L.I. Mini-Lunch is now ready for viewing here --->August 18, 2004 L.I. Mini-Lunch

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

I've enjoying your site very much. I'm a major collector of old TV programs and most of them turn out to be old CBS programs. Would you or one of your colleagues be able to answer some specific questions relating to the following shows:"What's My Line?""To Tell the Truth""I've Got a Secret""Ted Mack and Original Amateur Hour""Toast of the Town"/"The Ed Sullivan Show""Candid Camera"Some of my initial questions relate to the colors of the "WML?" set and how the transition was handled to full color telecasting by late '66.I'd be happy to share many of these programs with you or your members if you think seeing them would help spur a memory or two.Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

email me at:

Monday, August 16, 2004

Hi Everyone,
Received a phone call from Les Burkhardt in Florida. Les and wife Jackie have survived the hurricane. Charley crossed his home within a mile, and caused damage to his house roofing and property. They lost electricity and phone service. His phone service was restored today, and they are surviving as best as they can. Cliff Rice and his son are O.K., but have extensive damages to their house roofing and property. Les tried to contact Al Charters and Art Schoenfuss, but it seems the phones are down. Hopefully all services will be restored shortly.

Tony Casola

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Hi Everyone,
I finally found time for our next mini-lunch, which will take place next Wednesday, August 18th at the East Bay Diner, 2405 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY. The time is 12 noon. Hope to see you there.

Tony Casola
WCBS-TV Technical Maintenance Links
When I had the idea for this page I had, "not a clue," as to how far it would advance. But, with the contributions of such stalwarts as Les Burkhardt, Adrian Etlinger, and the current WEBMASTER, Dave Minott, I am pleased with the additions that their minds could conceive.
During the period when the PAGE is in a state of flux, and it seems that it is boring to keep looking for new inputs, I sometimes take a trip down memory lane and look at past messages and renew fond times with my old friends. Well. this time I tried many of the new pages that Dave Minott has laboriously supplied us with. I viewed the STATISTICS, which I perused, and I clicked on INTERESTING LINKS.
There I viewed the many photos of the new and some old maintenance personnel. I recognized very few of the more recent people, and that got me to wondering if indeed they will someday keep this, (Cosa Nostra) "thing of ours," going?
I hope they view our page now, and will contribute their history when ever they feel that they have a contribution to make. I hope that goes for all the current people that are presently employed.
One of the picture I saw was of a technician (Kevin Bailey) with a mini cam, doing a street story. His father is Harold Bailey, (Harold is gone now) one of the finest gentlemen, and from the "Old school" employee types.
Harold was visiting the Sullivan Show, and he brought his infant son Kevin with him. He went into the control room to visit, and, he left little Kevin with me while I was doing camera relief, one of those rare times I did Sullivan. Well, some time after I had this little tyke resting on my knee he let loose with a stream of PEE, I got soaked down my leg pants. We all had a laugh about it. Now, when I see this giant of a man wearing a terrorist type beard, and probably weighing around 250 lbs I wonder if he still remembers his uncle Tony, as he always called me.

So, folks on a down day try scanning some of those marvelous "Green buttons'' that Dave has placed for us to enjoy. and to the new folks around CBS, join us in progress, and give us some of your input as to how you like it so far. As the man on the TV says, "Come over, we'll keep the light on for you."
Tony C.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Paul Buda.
I want to get this information out as quickly as possible, but we will have a much more in-depth obituary in our "In Memoriam" section within the next few days.

A wake will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd. from 2 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. and frpm 7 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. at the D'Andrea Brothers Funeral Home located at 99 Oak Street in Copiague, NY. 631-691-5700

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 4th, at 9:45 A.M. at Our Lady of Assumption Church, located at 1 Molloy Street, Copiague, NY. 631-842-5211

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Sid Kaufman is one of the points of light in the CBS stellar system. His additional history about the achievements and faux pas, of William Paley adds too, than rather detracts from, the patina of greatness that shrouds a pioneer of such magnitude.
True, Mr. Paley could have at that stage in his life (The advent of cable) started to transfer some of the day-to-day business and creative decisions to others, but he still was sitting on top of the Olympian world of communications and theater.
Dr. Stanton can come in for a piece of those decisions, good or bad, Sid, but my objective was to show that he was a guiding genius and a visionary, albeit one fixated on the "Show biz" aspects of it.
He knew his legacy was already established with his enormous successes in radio and early television, that he looked to the fields of arts and letters to cement his place in history.
Cable was a bit beyond his technical vision. There weren't going to be any luminaries to shine in the CBS cable sky.
Sid, as I have learned, whatever our titles may be and crowns that we wear, we all are just made with feet of clay. As Omar Khyyam observed, if in our time we move but one grain of sand, then we have changed the world forever.
William Paley gave all of us at CBS a chance to achieve a measure of success. I know that you and Harold Classon rose to the top of the corporate ladder. I also know you to be an eminently fair man, so your addition to the continuous gathering of the acorns about the history of CBS is a welcome addition.

Tony Cucurullo
Enjoyed the well written and researched eulogy of William S. Paley by Tony and Ted, no question he was a genius in building The CBS Radio and TV networks and it was a great place to work.

For the record however I want to tell you where his creativity failed him.It was at the formation of CBS Cable. It was at his instructions that the format for Cable to be along the Arts, Music, Classical themes ala PBS. (I have the memo from him with this directive).

We built a cable network of over 80 affiliates (this in the earliest 80's,which was a lot of cable cable operators at this time). We had our own satellite transponders and outfitted each operator with a satellite uplink dish. we had a modest studio at 57 st . with 3 VT machines and control room all married with facilities and Technicans of CBS Operations..

We lasted for a year and folded up at an estimataed loss of 30 million.There are still a lot of rusted uplink dishes out in the fields. The demise was clearly due to our programming.

Understand this was a time before the Ted Turner CNN operation was of any consequence and before ESPN was a succesful sports operation. (Which is probably more succesful to Disney now than the ABC TV network).

If only we had gone to our strength which was news and sports...We had experienced news bureaus all over the world and Turner had to start from scratch. And before ESPN we had a sports rights inventory like golf , football, baskets etc..(recall we gave rights to USA cable for weekday coverage).

Today NBC with its MSNBC and CNBC cable channels have it all over CBS on a continuing news story since they are 24 hour a day news operations that blends with NBC news network..

This not to demean Mr. Paley it is just in his later years he booted this one...My opinion -- he may have been swayed by his active social life with the Cushings (Mrs.Paley) and the Whitneys who were very involved in the world of museums and art.

I believe if we had gone to our internal strength of news and sports we would have beaten CNN and ESPN to the punch and be on the air today.

You may remember that I was intimately involved with the short run of CBS cable.


Sid Kaufman

Thursday, July 29, 2004

William S. Paley
Sept.28th 1901-Oct.26th 1990

East side, West side, all-around-the town… Here in Manhattan Island the cornucopia of ethnicity is the blend that makes the United States strong from the inside out.
Ellis Island was the touchstone for Samuel and Goldie Drell Paley as it was for so many that came to this country. They brought with them all the heritage of their fatherland, Mother Russia. They were to settle in Chicago, and that is where their son was to be born on September 28th 1901.

He attended Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, began college at the University of Chicago and completed it at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S, degree from the university's Wharton School in 1922.
Later that year he was named Vice President of his family's Congress Cigar Company, a major cigar manufacturer. He held that post until three days before his 27th birthday, he bought control of a small company called United Independent Broadcasters and turned that into CBS.

For all of you in the CBS family, it would be easy for anyone to wish upon a star, that you might have had that success, if you were born to the purple cloth as Mr. Paley was.
However, as with all visionaries as he was, theirs is a gift that portends the success that will come from the overdrive of their motivation.
He could look to the sky and pick only those bright stars that could make a galaxy. That was what he did with the infant radio, and then he took the stepchild television and made it a place for all of us to spend a major portion of our lives in a worthwhile career.

He was a father figure to me and to Pat Finn. We both started as office boys and mailroom clerks. I had such great faith in his ability to make CBS into the giant that it became. I hope that when you see the picture of Mr. Paley you too will remember all that he provided us with. The recompense was not only money, but also character as well, and ambition to help make CBS the Tiffany Network. For you see he always hired the best to attain the very best… and, that's you, my friends.

Tony Cucurullo & Ted Perzeszty

Monday, July 26, 2004

It was nice to read Bob Wilson's account of the early days of field
sequential color. It brought back memories of my experience. I recall unpacking the
first production models at 485 Madison Avenue, 4th floor maintenance shop. In
color mode the filters form a full wheel. In black and white, the motor reverses
and folds the wheel in half to expose the 10FP4 CRT. A problem developed where
the filters folded back, but the motor cut off microswitch did not actuate.
This caused the motor to burn up.

Then there was the case of Master Control in Grand Central---We had a field
sequential monitor made by the Gray Corporation. A filter broke loose, the
wheel became unbalanced and tore itself apart.

I remember the field sequential film chain at Liederkranz Hall ---The
projector needed such an intense light output due to the density of the color
filters, the 16MM color film buckled.

I wonder if Mike Wallace would recall the "Mike and Buff" show in field
sequential color?

I just bought a high definition receiver---from field sequential to high
definition in one lifetime! What a great experience!

Harold Deppe

P.S. CBS WAS a great place to work!

Saturday, July 24, 2004

I have just added a new photo album - "A William S. Paley Chronology", courtesy of Tony Cucurullo.
Click here --->Wlliam S. Paley Chronology.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Charles Andrews
Charles Andrews, 88, Writer for TV Pioneers

By DOUGLAS MARTIN/The New York Times

Charles E. Andrews, a writer at the dawn of television who helped create an informal, intimate approach to programming for Dave Garroway, Studs Terkel and other early stars, died on Friday at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He was 88.

The cause was acute pancreatitis, his wife, Amy Greene-Andrews, said.

Mr. Andrews helped originate what has become known to historians as the Chicago school of television. Inspired by neither the theater nor the movies, as New York and Hollywood's television pioneers were, Chicago's early TV producers strove to maximize the unique properties of their new medium, of necessity televising programs live, often from a warehouse with little scenery.

"It was sort of like jazz in a way," Mr. Terkel said in an interview with National Public Radio in 1997. "It was improvisational. People thought it was actually real."

As the writer for Mr. Terkel's show, "Studs' Place," which chronicled the activities at a mythical bar and grill, Mr. Andrews, who indeed loved jazz, wrote just an outline of the plot. Actors then made up their own lines. "Dialogue by the Cast," the closing credits read.

Mr. Andrews worked for WNBQ, the NBC affiliate in Chicago. Within two years of its founding, in 1949, it was producing half of NBC's television network schedule. "Garroway at Large," a variety show written by Mr. Andrews, was the biggest commercial success in a lineup that included the puppet show "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," "Ding Dong School" and a precursor to "Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins.

In "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1920-1961" (Viking, 1995), written by Jeff Kisseloff, Mr. Andrews said that the Garroway show was intended as one of the first exercises in "pure television."

"In other words," he said, "do what the camera indicates you should do rather than make the camera sit in the theater and look at a stage."

One way of doing this was allowing the camera to view what would usually be hidden equipment: for example, when dancers dived into a swimming pool, Garroway immediately showed up and called for an overhead camera so viewers could see a pile of mattresses.

A skit about a visit to a dentist's office was shown with the camera peering up at the dentist working, giving the viewer the distressing feeling of sitting in the chair.

Mr. Kisseloff said that as far as television was concerned, Mr. Andrews "virtually invented the visual pun." For example, after a performance by a harmonica quartet, Garroway appeared on camera gnawing an ear of corn.

Not that Mr. Andrews neglected old-fashioned verbal playfulness. He once wrote a lecture, delivered deadpan by Garroway, about constructing 11-foot poles "for touching people you wouldn't touch with 10-foot poles."

Charles Edward Andrews was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., on July 2, 1916. His boyhood loves were reading books at night and listening to the radio. After graduating from high school, he went to Chicago and worked in advertising.

He was entranced with Garroway's low-key radio show and he managed to become friends - eventually best friends - with Garroway. His responsibilities included fetching the performer, an avid mechanic, from underneath his car when he was late for a show.

When Garroway moved to New York to become the first host of the "Today" program in January 1952, Mr. Andrews continued to work with him. Later, Mr. Andrews wrote for Sid Caesar and produced "The Arthur Godfrey Show," "The Steve Allen Show" and "Candid Camera," among other programs. He also produced television specials like the Emmy Awards and the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe contests. He retired in 1985.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Andrews is survived by his stepsons, Joshua Greene of Florence, Ore., and Anthony Greene of St. Augustine, Fla., and a step-grandson.

Mr. Andrews believed that what was sometimes called the Chicago touch had an enduring effect on television. "In a small way," he said, "what we did opened up what you can do in a studio."

Copyright 2004 The New York Times

Submitted by Gail DePoli
It was an enjoyable surprise to read Ed Reitan's letter and finding that the history of the CBS sequential color effort, although ill fated, has been documented. And also to find that Frances Buss, whom I remember from the early Grand Central days is doing well in NorthCarolina. It brought back many memories as I started in the CBS Television Lab in 1941 and had some association with the early sequential color days. I wonder how many know that the symbol on the old CBS twenty year pin is the first sequential color Orthicon camera built in the Lab in 1941.It's most notable accomplishment, in addition to demonstrations, was to transmit color test pattern to the Chrysler transmitter. I am not aware of any receiver that had the capability to receive it but was transmitted five days a week. And I am sure that there are CBS retiree's who remember doing sequential color remotes in 1951 when the FCC had approved the CBS color system. The color equipment had to be lugged out of Studio 57 on a Friday evening after the day's operation and trucked to West Point, Annapolis or some other college. It was set up on Saturday morning to cover football and had to be reinstalled in the studio on Sunday. It was a back breaking Job and I can recall how happy we were when a call came through from Tommy Thompson while picking up the game at the University of Maryland, saying that color operations were being suspended because of the critical materials situation. Remember that huge 144 cycle converter that was required to power the color equipment on remotes; and those huge color monitors that required two people to lift and could not be moved when turned on because the color disk could fly apart. It was not fun. There was also a crew assigned to operate a sequential color camera at one of the major New York hospitals. I believe, if I recall correctly, Bob DeHart was the supervisor assigned to this operation.

And speaking of Frances Buss, how many remember Lela Swift? Lela had been one of Peter Goldmark's secretaries in the early 40's and in postwar became a TV director. I still have an apologetic 1943 letter from Lela to my mother after Goldmark took me to England, requesting payment for a fifty cent personal telephone call.

A great deal of television history occurred at CBS and it is nice to find that some of those who were part of it are still around - and that it has been recorded. Ed Reitan deserves a vote of thanks, and I for one, will be interested in reading about Frances Buss.

Bob Wilson