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.

MICHAEL SALGO PE

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

Hi,

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.
Dave

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 mapquest.com 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 hotmail.com, SUPER1015 at aol.com or by printing it out and giving it to me.

I have also set up a simple memorial guestbook on my webpage- please visit www.lisasnyder.net/dad to sign the guestbook.

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

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.

Love,
Lisa
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
K2ULR


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
W2BOB

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 aol.com

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Gates Says Broadcast TV Model Faces Irrelevancy

By Chris Marlowe
Reuters
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
Reuters
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
tcasola1@optonline,net

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 aol.com)
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