Monday, January 31, 2005

Dear All,

I just received news from Nick Salvato, that our good friend "Reb"Ellison who worked for many years for Chubbies Company, passed away lastSaturday of complications of stomach cancer, he was such a great guy and agood friend to many of us at CBS who did NASCAR and PGA TOUR Golf.Nicky said he was about 67 years old, and died peacefully in hissleep at home, he will be sorely missed.I do not have a lot of ex CBS'ers e-mails, and if you could pass thisnews along to a lot of Rebs old friends it would be greatly appreciated.Take Care Everyone, I know how quickly sad news such as this travels,so thank you all for your cooperation.

Robert G. Brown
Director Remote Operations, Special Projects

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Hi some of your guys might have worked with Fred Eberle, VO on our color bus. 73, Dick/K5RB, retired KDFW-TV.
Re: Fred Eberle Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 22:53:14

Frederick Eberle, born January 17, 1918 in Wilkinsburg, PA. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Eberle, his three children, Marta Eberle, Frederick Eberle, & Diane Eberle Page, three grandchildren, Heather, Lauren and Sean Page. He received his amateur radio and commercial license. He joined the Army Air Corp on July 13, 1942 and was promoted to Sergeant. He was employed by KRLD, Channel 4, television as an Engineer Supervisor. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, January 31, 2005 at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Interment will take place at 12:00 P.M. at DFW National Cemetery, Lane B. Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 PM, Sunday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Assoc. 1-800-LUNG-USA. Dallas Laurel Land 214-371-1336
Published in the Dallas Morning News from 1/28/2005 - 1/29/2005.

Saturday, January 29, 2005


I'm a journalist who is writing a book about James Kirkwood (Jr.), an author, who started out as an actor, and starred in the CBS soap "Valiant Lady". I am desperate to get copies of the latter show for research. Perhaps understandably for a live show, they are very scarce. Would you be wiling to distribute an email from me to your list asking if anyone has copies they could sell me, or else post a message from me on your site? Naturally, you can be assured of my discretion in this.
Many thanks.
Sean Egan

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Walt Freedman has supplied us with a few more missing names!
Check out this picture - be sure to scroll down to the lower image and
hover your mouse over a face for a name. If you recognize any numbered faces,
please let us know who they are! Click here ---> The Pumo Gallery

Monday, January 24, 2005

I just discovered a fascinating website with an amazing timeline of communications.
It does have a European slant to it, however, many interesting tidbits can be found here.
This will take you to part II, which I found more interesting than part I!
Click here ---> 2500 years of communications history.
On August 28, 1922 WEAF in New York (later WNBC) becomes the first "toll" radio station when it broadcasts a commercial message during the 5:00 p.m. program. The Queensboro Corporation's ad for apartments in Jackson Heights on Long Island seems to work; there are reports of increased sales as a result, and commercials are thereafter a regular feature. If the commercial trend pleases advertisers and station managers, it causes some radio purists considerable despair. "What have you done with my child?" cries Lee De Forest, the inventor of the triode and a staunch individualist who is often called the "father of radio." "You have sent him out on the street... to collect money from all and sundry... [and] made of him... a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere."

Here I go again! The passing of Johnny Carson brought forth many stories of his beginnings -- however one very important one was omitted. When I was hired by CBS back in 1954, my first assignment was "The Morning Show with Jack Paar!" The broadcast originated in Grand Central studio 41. Jack took a short vacation, thus requiring a vacation relief host. His replacement was an unknown from the midwest -- Johnny Carson! Johnny often described his routine to us, such as using the underground passageways between the hotel and the lower level of Grand Central and the elevator up to the CBS studios. His comment was that he never saw daylight while in NY. He was very shy and yet very friendly -- a truly nice guy! I do believe this was his first stint on network television. Please correct me if I am in error. If anyone has any more info on his stint please let me know. The crew, as best as I can remember, was Stan Greene, Allan Scott, Jay Saffron, Bob Jaegel and others, the names of whom, I regret, I can't remember.

Bob Vernum

Sunday, January 23, 2005

I have completely redone the CBS Labs Album to remove the old-style album format
and replace it with our standard format. I have also added a link to a page of text at the bottom, which describes the Color Mobile Vans.
Click here to check it out ---> CBS Labs Album

Thursday, January 20, 2005


I just watched the inauguration with great interest, not just because of it's historical significance which by the way was very powerful, but by my own personal memories. The year was 1985 - the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. I, along with many stalwart technicians from NY and Washington, participated in the coldest ceremony in history----so cold that it was held in the rotunda. The temperature was below zero, combined with wind chill it was bitter cold. The clerks in the hotel were fully dressed in winter coats and apologizing for the cold rooms. The only thing that made it go fast for me was getting a flight to San Francisco the next day and then on to Kona, Hawaii, a total temperature swing of 100 + degrees. There were many memories of that event, among them was walking the roof of the capitol building on catwalks doing a survey with the E.I.C. - the late great JOE TIER. Techs were cautioned not to touch anything metal without gloves and dress in many layers. It was a memorable day, they all held up great!

Bob Vernum

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Hi Dave:

Hope you had a great holiday.
I will turn 65 in May 2005 and was wondering who the expert was on CBS Insurance plans.

Mal Wienges
Hi Dave,

Archive #5 pix # 247 is a pix of the first video replay device called the "Mactronix stop action"---note it was stop action only and the disc was good for 30 seconds. I travelled with it for its first NFL season, the late Lou Mascek did a few pre-season games with it.---circa 1966. This will probably help Mr. Diehl @ LABGUYS WORLD. Hope this pleases him.

Bob Vernum
Here is a link to "Shop Talk."
Some info regarding CBS, Dan Rather, etc. Click here ---> Shop Talk
Courtesy of Gayle DePoli

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Hello,My name is Richard Diehl and I run the web site: Labguy's World, a site dedicated to obsolete, mostly non broadcast, video recorders and cameras:
. I was given a 1966 vintage MVR instant replay / slo motion video disc recorder that I have traced to discussions on your site. I also have a 1963 Machtronics video tape recorder that is the same as one discussed on the same page: If you or anyone else is interested in these items and have related stories, you can view my artifacts here:

and here:
Thank you in advance and for your time,
Richard Diehl, the Labguy

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Attention: Harold Deppe

Hi Harold,

This is a bit unusual, as normally, I would e-mail you, however, your e-mail is being returned
to me with a "user unknown" status! I tried twice with the same results.
You may need to contact your ISP (Compuserve, I believe) and see what is going on!


Monday, January 10, 2005

Hi Dave,

Thought you might enjoy my experience with two handicapped golfers. The first acquaintance has an artificial leg and I wish I could play as well as he does! The second friend also has an artificial limb below his knee. He also plays better than me. One day we were walking off the green when he fell down. He was laying on the ground laughing and he said "my x%*&*# leg fell off. The screw that fastened the lower limb to the cap above his knee had come loose. We both began crawling on the ground and luckily we found the bolt and nut and were able to complete the round of golf. He told me it happened to him before. Being an Engineer, the next day I went to Home Depot and purchased a self locking nut of the correct thread size. We re-fitted his artificial leg with it and he hasn't had a problem since.

Jim Herschel
New additions to Page 7... Harold Deppe & Friend,
The Friden Flexowriter. Click here --->Page 7

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Dear Sirs,

Many Many years ago ( 1960's) I had the pleasure of attending grammar school with Joanne Taddei, daughter of John Taddei a CBS retiree. One day, Robert Kennedy came to our school and visited with all the students. It was an exciting day that I will always remember. Mr. Taddei was kind enough to take photographs of all of us meeting Bobby Kennedy. He was kind enough to give me a copy of the black and white photo. Unfortunately I misplaced the picture and would love to know if Mr. Taddei has any extra print or negative I could get so the I can still have the memory. I watched your CBS (48 Hours) on the Kennedy Legacy and reminisced about meeting him I have no idea where The Taddeis are but was hoping you could get in touch with him for me. I took a shot in the dark and put his name in Google and BINGO came up with the CBS retiree web page.
My address is
Karen Dumont Sisto
5200 North Ocean Drive #1206
Singer Island, Fl 33403

Please send my regards and my mom & dad's regards to the Taddei family when and if you get in touch with them
Thank you for any help and for taking the time to read this.

Happy New Year
Karen Sisto

Note: I have forwarded this to John's email address.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Hi Dave,

I guess I agree with Harold Deppe about the content of our CBS Retiree"s Website. Here's my contribution on how I'm spending my retirement.
I never played golf before retiring in 1995. As soon as I retired in 1995 I moved to Florida. The house we bought here is located on a small lake and I thought I would spend most of my free time fishing. I still fish but most of my leisure time is now taken up with playing golf. I play 3 or 4 times a week. I'm not a really good golfer ( Handicap is 25 ) but I do enjoy the game for its exercise and the meeting of other golfers. Like everyone else I have some health issues but I think playing golf has really helped me to stay relatively healthy. I can brag about a couple of accomplishments since I started playing. Two years ago I took 1st place in my Flight at our Club Championship. Three years ago I had a hole-in-one. That was really exciting and its a good thing that I had "Insurance" for this occurrence because the subsequent drinking party went on for several hours. I enjoy the game so much that I joined with a group of our golf club members to purchase our golf course from our developer. It's a risky venture but we think we can really make it work for us. Let's hear from some others on what they're doing with their retirement time.

Jim Herschel
Dear Webmaster,
I just emailed the CBS Early Morning folks in probably a futile attempt to
see if they would point me in the direction of CBS archives. We are
throwing a surprise party for my Grandfather Ken Nunan on Feb 19. He's
turning 90. We are looking for photos for a collage and I can't believe I
found your web site with a photo I've never seen of him. I'm at work so
can't write more, but I'd love any and all info about his work at CBS and
a copy of any photos if that is possible. Also if there is anyone alive
that he worked with, it would be great to get in touch with them.

Please help,
Thank you
Deb Arvidson
Harrisville, NH

Monday, January 03, 2005

Like the man says; 'it is like DE-JA VU all over again'.
An article in the NYTimes today reports a comeback for Irving Fields as a pianist in a local watering hole.

Was is only fifty years ago (circa 1955) that I was schlepping my OP-5 to the Mermaid Room of the Park Sheridan to do a broadcast pickup of this man and his trio?
Before Bob Hall's MUSIC THROUGH THE NIGHT made its debut the network filled many hours with late night dance band pickups.

Sunday nights found me in that same room? doing a show with Mitch Miller where he did an interview thing with some showbiz greats.

Another memorable pickup was Guy Lombardo from the Roosevelt Room of the Pennsylvania Hotel???? on New Year's eve.

good Grief!!!!!

Harry Peterson