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 www.benefitaccess.com\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 ago...it's a real window to the past.

Any help answering these questions will be most appreciated.

Thanks from a fan.
email me at: caroboo@comcast.net

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: caroboo@comcast.net

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