Saturday, January 31, 2004

To Bob Vernum..

Bob. in reference to the studios at Grand Central, as I recall, St 44 was very small . A Show like Lucky Pup, among others, came from St 44. St 43 was a Film Control Studio next to Master Control.
I have very fond memories of my Time at Grand Central... from the Iconoscope to Color Television at St 72.
St 41... I remember Mama
St. 42 Man against Crime
Soon Fade To Black.. Time is Short..
Best Regards ..Harold Deppe..

Wednesday, January 28, 2004


I came to CBS in 1954 following a short stint at NBC. My first assignment was as an Assistant Technician on the Jack Paar Morning Show. It sort of annoyed me that none of the media coverage of his death included this first show he did on networkTV.
The show was done in Grand Central studio 4. He had a supporting cast which included Pupi Campo, Betty Clooney and sometimes his "audience entertainer", Jonathan Winters.This show aired live at 7 A.M. It was unrealistic to acquire an audience at that hour--soooooo a Production Assistant went down to the cab stand and invited the drivers up for coffee and rolls. While Jack was trying to do the show, Winters would be off in a corner telling jokes to the cab drivers with the resulting roars of laughter. Jack knew the crew on a first name basis- I became a celebrity in my family after Jack talked with me following a monitor glass exploding.
The media coverage of his death, unfortunately, made no mention of his stint on CBS and also no mention of who his vacation relief replacement was--Johnny Carson doing his first appearance on network television. memories-memories... please post, some of the crew might read this, Joe Desmond for one.

Bob Vernum
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Back in the late fifties I used to occasionally do the Capt. Kangaroo show.
In those days we had to do two shows. East coast and then for the west coast. The first show would go off fine, but the second show was more relaxed and caution was thrown to the wind so to speak. The Capt. would change his routine on purpose just to watch us panic.

On his birthday Greenjeans would roll in a cake and we would all sing happy birthday and the Capt. would get the first piece , except this one time when I took it. You see, we share the same birthday. Same day, same year. Well you could hear a pin drop. I had to show my drivers license before I was forgiven. The Capt. asked me what I might want for my birthday and I said I wanted a Christmas ornament from the shows tree at Christmas .I got one every year. I still have them. Does anyone remember those trees?

Submitted by Cal Marotta
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Monday, January 26, 2004

Al Norwood, and Jim Rose, of the "Letterman Show" called this week to say that Joe Desmond visited the studio and spent some time reminiscing about old times and former technicians that are gone from the scene.
He happened to mention that Arthur J. (Artie) Audette, and Michael (Mike) Dietz both men from the "tape area" had passed on. They were both fine men. Artie, was a formidable looking man, and that charisma along with his good council made him an outstanding union man.
Mike Dietz was a journeyman worker, but an outstanding poker player. The table was set in the technicians lounge when Mike, Chris Borgen, and Jim Wall, and on occasion Artie Audette would shuffle a deck or two?
Nice men, and pleasant memories come welling forth to be enjoyed from those that knew these high quality workers from the plethora of CBS people.
OK, Jimmy stop talking and deal!

Tony Cucurullo

Sunday, January 25, 2004

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Hi Retirees..

When are you going to write in and we all will enjoy each others E. Mail ???
Before we all appear in this Obituary page.
Sorry but I would like to hear from some of the Guys I worked with for 23
Time is short..
Best Regards..
Harold Deppe..


Yesterday had a lot of meaning for me. Bob was a very misunderstood person. He was both a taskmaster and a very sensitive individual - which he never openly displayed. He was a most professional artisan of his craft. I was his TD from 1972-1979. In 1973. I received the news that I never wanted to hear "your wife has cancer"!
Going to studio 45 to do his show was somewhat difficult under those circumstances. Apparently he found out of my situation either through Mike McGrath or the Tech office. He never showed a great deal of sympathy, just an unsaid concern for me and the children. I wish I could put in print all of the funny things that happened during my seven years on the show. We had a mutual professional respect for each otherand I can't remember a single occasion when a harsh word was exchanged between us-- lord knows there were opportunities!
I am sure he will not soon be forgotten by those of us fortunate to have worked with him and the millions of children he entertained. May peace be with him and lumpy.

Bob Vernum

Saturday, January 24, 2004

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From Gayle DePoli:

I can't believe he was only 76. Although I didn't work on the Captain's crew as a regular, it was still great to be around CBS Studio 45 when the Captain was taping. My generations "Barney". Can you imagine the treat to come out of college being all wide eyed that you landed a job at CBS and then seeing The Captain, Mr.Greenjeans, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose and the Banana Man? The next generation added other great characters like Gus the painter. I think if the crews look hard enough, there may still be left over ping-pong balls in the grid. We use to find those ping-pong balls on shows recorded in the same studio years after the Captain left CBS.
'Captain Kangaroo' Dies
VOA News
24 Jan 2004, 01:51 UTC

Captain Kangaroo
October 1981
Bob Keeshan, known by millions of American children as television's grandfatherly Captain Kangaroo, has died after a long illness. He was 76.For nearly 30 years, from 1955 to 1984, Mr. Keeshan blended easy-going entertainment and education for children on the Captain Kangaroo show aired live on the CBS network.

His family says Mr. Keeshan considered himself an advocate for children and all that they deserve.

Mr. Keeshan was a former U.S. Marine during World War II. He began his acting career as Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show.

In the Captain Kangaroo show, Mr. Keeshan wore a jacket with oversize, pouch-like pockets. His sidekicks on the show included Mr. Green Jeans and Bunny Rabbit.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Sad news:
I just learned that Leonard Jeromack (Jerry), formerly from CBS Telecine Maintenance Department.,passed away on January 15, 2004 from complications of cancer. Jerry was 80 years old. Jerry 7/12/1923 - 1/15/2004

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