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