Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Hi Dave,

I have been a long time reader of your CBS Retiree site and have enjoyed
many a "war story" from your associates. Keep up the good work.

For some years I have attempted to document the CBS history of Color
Television and a number of your associates have kindly mentioned that
effort. "Ed Reitan's Color Television History" is at Ed Reitan's Color Television History.

Included is information on the CBS Color Television System and the various
CBS Color Studios over the years.

You may be interested (and have permission to publish) the attached press
release that describes that a surviving CBS-Columbia Model 12CC2 Receiver is
again operating on the standards of the CBS Color Television System. It is
thrilling to see how superbly that system (again) performs.

Also, would you help me to again contact Al Goldberg of the CBS Labs. I
have seen pictures showing him participating in your activities. As you no
longer publish email addresses, could you contact him and tell him to please
email or call me (information available by email from the Webmaster). I last talked to
him in 1982 when he provided some material to UCLA for their exhibit at the
SMPTE Conference in Los Angeles. I have some further questions that only he
can resolve.

Also, I am close to completing a piece on Frances Buss, a CBS director who
even did Pre-WWII television. She is well in North Carolina. !!! I could
turn that write-up over to you for publishing on your site.

Thanks and keep in touch,

Ed Reitan

+++++++++ Press Release ++++++++


The CBS Color Television Systems Lives Again

On Sunday June 6, 2004, a surviving CBS Columbia Model 12CC2, the first and only commercial color television receiver sold in 1951, again displayed color pictures using the CBS Color Television System. The particular CBS Columbia Model 12CC2 receiver is pictured on Ed Reitan's Color Television History web site at

A "NTSC to CBS Color System Converter", developed by Darryl Hock, was used to generate images for presentation on the original CBS Columbia receiver. Hock's converter translates NTSC color video sources to video using standards in accordance with the FCC-approved CBS Color Television System. This was the first USA-Standard Color Television System.

The CBS video was modulated to the RF of a VHF channel and then input to the Model 12CC2's tuner. The Model 12CC2 is manually switchable to receive either 525-line/60 fields per second monochrome standard, or the 405-line, 144 fields per second CBS Color standard. Hock has delivered three color converters, one each to Messrs. Folsom, McVoy, and Reitan (owners of three original surviving CBS Color Television receivers).

The June 6, 2004 date marked almost 53 years since the Model 12CC2 television receiver last received signals in accordance with the CBS Color System. It has been a long time!

The Model 12CC2 was preserved starting in 1951 by an engineer associated with the Chicago CBS network affiliate television station (which carried the few CBS commercial Colorcasts in 1951). During the late 1970's the set was discovered by Dan Gustafson of Chicago and transferred to historian Ed Reitan. Reitan restored the set in 1982 for demonstration at that year's SMPTE Conference in Los Angeles. The receiver has patiently waited and searched for a signal in accordance with the CBS Color standard since the last CBS Colorcast on October 20, 1951. "E.T. has finally phoned home"

In April 2004 two other sets (Steve McVoy's Gray Research monitor and John Folsom's CBS Labs 7-inch combination receiver) demonstrated the CBS Color System using the Hock Converter at the 2004 Early Television Conference in Columbus, Ohio. A forth-surviving original color display, a CBS Slave ("companion") set, is now also undergoing restoration.

For further information, contact Ed Reitan at

June 6, 2004

Sunday, June 20, 2004

I have just updated the "Erik Rondum Album". Click here to view the updates --->Erik Rondum Album

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I have just updated the "Jack Katz Collection" with thirteen more pictures. A few date back to Apollo 11!
A trip down memory lane once again. It is cold as hell, as it usually is in January. But! January of 1984 was especially bitter cold in Washington DC. CBS was there to cover the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.
In the trenches of warfare against this freezing weather were the field people and those selected from the staff crews. The week of setup had blustering snow whipping in our faces. The wire and cable seemed not to bend.
Extra care is always taken to hide the cables and to be as unobtrusive as possible in the placement of microphones and cameras.
It was worked out that a couple of technicians could stay inside the Capitol building to keep warm and then come out to relieve a couple of other people, on a rotating basis.
One studio tech (Karin Grzella) comes to mind for her willingness to take an unenviable assignment of crawling into a sewer for the feeding of cable to the Capitol building.
After all this back-breaking work and with many frozen hands and cheeks it was decided that it was too cold for all the celebrities to sit and suffer, so, it was called off and held indoors.
Once again only the love of country, and overtime, could keep these stalwart CBS people from not performing their duties.
While this is not much of a memory, it is at least a chronicle of an event related to the,"Great Communicator," President Ronald Reagan.
If one would look at picture # 145, (by using our search engine) you would observe some of the technicians that day putting the finishing touches on the place of the swearing in, which never came to pass.
As I sit here and think of my life at CBS, I am pleased to have spent the time with so many wonderful people. It at least fills the many hours I now have to just sit and think of old-times with old friends. I would sure like to hear from some of you. We could compare aches and pains, and desires.

Tony C.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Hello Tony,

It has been a long time since we've had a chat but I have been keeping up with the news via the web-site and echolink.
Shirley and I, have had some serious setbacks, physically, so we thought it best to leave our beloved Charleston, SC hideaway and return to Connecticut. We now reside at an assisted living residential community in Middletown, CT. Life is much easier for us here but we sure do miss that nice southern climate.
It would be nice to hear form my many friends at the old barn.
Please forward the following to our esteemed Webmaster for inclusion in the list of former servicemen.

Dan Parmelee, M/Sgt, WW 2, Group Communications Chief, 366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.

Hope you are well.

Fraternally, Dan

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Just Like High-Definition TV, but With Higher Definition: A New York Times Article. ---> Click here
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Submitted by Gayle DePoli

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Karmazin resigns from Viacom
Redstone picks Moonves, Freston to compete for top job
By Jon Friedman & Steve Gelsi,
Last Update: 5:18 PM ET June 1, 2004
Mel Karmazin

NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- Mel Karmazin stepped down Tuesday as president and chief operating officer of Viacom, ending months of well-publicized bickering with Chief Executive Sumner Redstone and clearing the way for two new co-presidents to compete for the top job.
Setting the stage to succeed Redstone, Viacom senior executives Tom Freston and Leslie Moonves were promoted, with each holding the titles of co-president and co-chief operating officer.

Freston currently heads Viacom's MTV Networks unit, a position he has held since 1987. Moonves, the CEO of CBS since 2003, joined the network in 1995 as the president of its entertainment division.

Redstone, 81, said he'll step down as chairman and CEO by 2007, with one of the new co-presidents likely succeeding him.

During a conference call with analysts, Redstone said he would be "amazed" if an outside executive took control of the company.

The chilly relations between Redstone and the No. 2 executive, Karmazin -- who came to Viacom (VIA: news, chart, profile) (VIAB: news, chart, profile) when it acquired CBS in 2000 -- prompted frequent reports about management clashes. However, Redstone dismissed any suggestion Karmazin, 60, was forced out.

"Nobody asked for Mel's resignation," Redstone said. He added Karmazin was "frustrated" about the stock price of Viacom, which sank to a one-year low of $35.69 after the announcement. The stock recovered somewhat and was closed off 46 cents at $36.81, with a volume of 11 million shares. Viacom's stock has declined some 20 percent in the past year.

Karmazin will receive a $31 million payout over the next two years, according to an individual with knowledge of the arrangement
My youngest sister sent me a photo of our father attending one of the retirement luncheons. She had stumbled on this site accidentally. I have just sent some of the comments about my dad by people that knew him. I even remember some on the names that he would mention all the time.
Thank you for this site. It brings back lots of fond memories.

Sue Antilla,
daughter of Henri Claudet

**NOTE** I have her e-mail address on file, if someone needs it, please contact me...
Those of us that plied our trade in the News division of CBS local, got to work with some very fine people.
I can think of, Jim Jensen, Carol Martin, Chris Borgen, and of course Warner Wolf. These people were writers, not copy-readers. They could tell stories with their words, or their film/videotape images. They had that creative sense to bring a story to the TV-screen.
Their styles made them unique, their talents and ability to transmit to the cameraman what they thought would be a story for the public to enjoy.
The suits, or corporate barracudas, have a different yardstick to evaluate talent, mostly "The buck," is their motivation. In the case of Warner Wolf though, they forgot that he is an icon that most of the sportscasters around the country have either pilfered or just plain copied his unique style.
Well, Warner is a CBS family member, and we remember his kindness and camaraderie while working with him.
Somehow, I feel he may still come back, so let's not "Go to the videotape," just yet, with another Jim Bouton type.

See attached photo.

Tony Cucurullo