Monday, February 28, 2005

Does anybody recognize which CBS studio this is? According to the various old tickets, "Strike it Rich" came out of studio 51 (Maxine Elliott), studio 59 (Mansfield), studio 60 (Lincoln Square) and studio 62 (1954 to 1957)

Sunday, February 27, 2005


FYI, I worked with your Grandfather on some shows in the early 50's. I believe he was a good friend of our audio man on the STUDIO ONE CREW, Joe Calvanico, and worked vacation relief on our crew. As with most techs back then we all worked with one another and had nodding acquaintances. I liked him as a person and a co-worker.
I assume you have access to the CBS retirees website. At the bottom of the home page is pico search. Type Ken Nunan. Hit SEARCH. You will see a list of references that include Ken's name. Hit # 3 (John Pumo) collection. Image # 9 is a group picture of a crew with Robert Kennedy. Your Grandfather is one of the group.
Current messages and photo gallery will yield names familiar to read to Ken. I love it when children and grand children seek info into their still living loved one. Many more birthdays, Ken. You have a wonderful grand daughter.

E-mail if you require further help. As I indicated, current messages gives an oral history of what it was like to make History.

Frank Novack

Friday, February 25, 2005

Hi my name is Donna Robbins.

I am Ken Nunan's youngest child. My dad wanted to have this letter posted on your website, in hopes that he could start corresponding with his old friends. Thank you!
Ken Nunan would like to thank Charlie D'Onofrio, Bill Naeder, Jay Chichon, Bob Wilson and Royce Fish for their birthday greetings and well wishes while he celebrated his 90th birthday. Ken remembers all of you fondly and shared some stories about each of you with his children. He would love to hear from anyone and everyone that was around CBS when he was there (1950-1971). Ken does not have a computer but would enjoy talking to you on the phone or through a letter. Ken is legally blind but does use a machine to read his mail. Please send your phone numbers and addresses to his youngest daughters email address: While Ken visited his daughter recently, they went on the CBS retirees website. Although he couldn't see the pictures clearly, the names brought back a flood of memories.
He can't wait to hear from all of his old friends.

Thursday, February 24, 2005


A while back I asked the Retirees to give the paper boy a buck if they could not make the stairs to the attic to get those old photos. I see we aren't getting any action... I was thinking in 1950 dollars... let's make it FIVE dollars and see if we get results!

Harold Deppe
An assortment of new pictures have been added to two areas.
See some new pictures added here ---> Album 4
And a new picture here from Harold Deppe. Click here ---> Page 7

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

More sad news, submitted by Gayle DePoli:

The news no parent wants to hear. David Dorsett's youngest son Greg has passed away last Friday. I have spoken to David and don't have any details of his passing. All I know is that he was in the Navy training center outside of Chicago trying to make it to Navy Seal. He was going to be 27 years old. The Dorsett family has opted for a military funeral.

Details are below:
Dooley Funeral Home
218 North Ave E
Cranford, NJ 07016-2441
Phone: (908) 276-0255
Friday: 2p - 4p / 7p - 9p

Funeral at:
St Michael's Church
40 Alden St
Cranford, NJ 07016-2107
Phone: (908) 276-0360
9:30 am Saturday

David just lost his sister last month. We need to all say a little prayer for the Dorsett family.
Hello Dave,

Me again, I worked the TV City Ham Club back in 1989. They were
celebrating CBS 62 Years. I am sending the front and back of the card.

Royce Fish

Monday, February 21, 2005


Did you know that the archives listed at bottom of the page of Daves Tips refers to all the tips he has posted in the past to aid the computer challenged retiree. I did not. Try it, you will like it. It is similar to the archives for messages. Thank you Dave for the admirable effort. I consider you the UBERGEEK. Tony C., you are the UBERPOET. Thanks guys, for keeping the website alive.
Frank Novack

ed. note: Archives is also available at the top of the page, as well.
Also, you can use the search engine to look for something specific.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

New additions! Check out the Member's Pictures page for a new addition.
Click here ---> Member's Pictures

There have been some additions and revisions to the CBS Announcers page, as well.
Click here ---> CBS Announcers

Happy President's Day to all!

Friday, February 18, 2005

We now have four new pictures added to our "Member's Pictures" page, thanks to Ted Perzeszty.
Click here ---> Member's Pictures

Thursday, February 17, 2005 my own little corner", Julie Andrews sang.

In that little corner, the set was just big enough to accomodate Julie, a cameraman (Dick Douglas), a boom operator (Jim Gracom) and a boom pusher (lucky me). Lou Tedesco was the Technical Director and Bob Miller was the audio engineer. Ralph Nelson was the director. I will leave it to the rest of the technical crew to indicate their participation as my recollections dim. Mr. Rogers and Mr. Hammerstein were at the rehearsals and air and presented cast and crew with a cast album (78rpm) of the show which we had successfully concluded LIVE. I thank Dave Paine, an old buddy, for the info concerning the show. Dave opened a French restaurant in Manhattan but as far as I know, didn"t give up his day job as one of T.D. Bob Daley's favorite cameramen.

Frank Novack

Monday, February 14, 2005

Several new pictures have been added to our "Member Pictures" area.
Lets go! Give us your best shot(s)! Click here to view them ---> Members Pictures

This might be of interest to those that worked on the show. It is from Dave Paine.

Tony Cucurullo

Reviving a 'Cinderella' That Charmed a Nation
December 4, 2004 By JACQUELINE CUTLER

Click here for the NY Times article ---> NY Times Article

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Our collection is growing! A new picture from Bob Vernum. Click here ---> Member Pictures
Hi Dave..

A while back some Retirees wrote in to say they had boxes of photos in the attic..could it be that arthritis set in their knees and they can't make the stairs to the attic? Solution...Take Tylenol or give the paper boy a buck to go up and get them..

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

Saturday, February 12, 2005

And George has sent us two pictures to add to our collection. Click here ---> Member Pictures

Wonderful new photos being added... I guess there are may more photos out in the retirement family... being snow bound and with some of that wonderful arctic air keeping us in the cabin has encouraged many to find some interesting projects.
I for one have been busy packing and getting ready to move since I sold my home last fall... Not able to move into the home as yet... but with the weather breaking soon... moving in the new home (55 & over) could be by late February...with luck!

George Klimcsak
Another old Broadcast Center picture has been added to the "Page 7" collection,
courtesy of Harold Deppe. Click here ---> Page 7
A new picture has been added to our latest album! Click here ---> Pictures from our users
I have just updated the Ham Radio QSL card page, thanks to Royce Fish.
Take a look, you may see some names you remember, including your own!
Click here ---> QSL cards

Friday, February 11, 2005

I have created a new album for non CBS related pictures. If you would like to submit a picture that you think our users would like to see, please send it in! A nice description, and the actual picture date (if known) would also be helpful. Pictures will be posted at the discretion of the Webmaster!
Click here for the new album ---> Pictures from our users

Thursday, February 10, 2005

A funny sidelight to Ted Pearson --- He most frequently announced the opening of the early show-late show movies. On one occasion, which is indelible in my mind, his "modified" opening announce went as follows: "Today's movie is "TEST PILOT", starring TED PEARSON, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. We, in the 43 control room, had a clear view of Ted, smiling. We were gagging & laughing... then the phones started ringing. He also co-starred with Ronald Reagan in a Naval Academy movie, and if my memory serves me correctly, he knocks Reagan out in the boxing ring!
Aren't memories great?
P.S. There are more ST 43 stories. When I feel fully organized, I will forward same to you, take care.

Bob Vernum

Ted Pearson played Myrna Loy's boyfriend in "Test Pilot" and Clark Gable stole her away from him. Spencer Tracy was Gable's A&E mechanic.......Hugh Holder and Olin Tice were partners in a Radio station in Myrtle Beach, SC. George Brian (spelling). Ford Bond goes way back into the 30's. My Uncle had a car collision with him on Queens Blvd in the 40's... Roger Forster was in a famous cruise ship collision (Andrea Doria?) Peter Thomas still does V.O. on PBS & Comls. Harry Kramer smoked the longest cigars I ever saw and he was very short. That's all the trivia for today that I can take...

Harry Charles

Back in the late 50s early 60s we had WARREN SWEENY announcing. He was a robust funny irishman. On one occasion he had to read copy for a special program which was pre-empting the normally scheduled show! Without batting an eyelash he read as follows,"The invisible man will not be seen tonight due to the following special program"!! On another occasion, the local ID Telop came up backwards. This did not deter him...he read it as it looked -- "YORK NEW TWO CHANNEL"!

I just saw the notice about George Maber. He was always one of my favorites in st 43. He and I, along with others, were switchers in the late 50s and early 60s. A true gentleman -- never a harsh word for anyone. Maybe Bob Wilson would like to know that he spent those years in 43.

Bob Vernum
Thanks to several members, we have updated information for our list of CBS announcers.
To view the changes and additions, click here ---> CBS Announcers
The following obituary appeared in this weeks edition of the Suffolk Times which is a weekly serving the North Fork of Long Island:

George H. Maber

George H. Maber of Southold, 92, died on Feb. 2, 2005 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport. Mr. Maber, a retired supervisor with CBS in New York City, was born in London, England, on June 2, 1912 to William and Agnes (Robinson) Maber. Before moving to the North Fork, he resided in Garden City with his wife (nee Graham).
Predeceased by his wife, Mr. Maber is survived by his sister, Beatrice Sinclair of Devon, England and two nieces.
A private service was held on Feb. 4 with arrangements by DeFriest-Grattan funeral home, Southold.

As a personal note I remember George Maber and can picture him in my mind. He is listed in 1951as in show crews on Art Schoenfusss crew but I am not sure where he worked before retirement. Interesting that he lived within a mile of me and that we never crossed paths.

Bob Wilson
A new album has been added to our collection!
These pictures were supplied through the courtesy David Schwartz.
I think these will bring back a few memories! (and spur you on to supply us with more!)
Dust off those old albums and scan or send me the pictures, and you too may be "immortalized" with your very own album! To see these new pictures, click here ---> The David Schwartz Collection

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

February 8, 2005


George Herman, whose early overseas reporting provided CBS News with its first sound-and-film television segments from abroad, died today. The longtime political reporter, who was also the longest-serving moderator of FACE THE NATION, was 85 and lived in Washington, D.C. The cause of death was heart failure after a long illness.
Herman reported for CBS radio and television news during a 43-year career with the Network, primarily as a political reporter based in Washington. His convention, primary and national election reporting began with tallies on dime-store writing pads beamed to a handful of television sets in 1948 and ended in the computer age of electronic graphics seen by tens of millions in 1980. He first appeared on television analyzing caucus declarations for President Harry Truman at the 1948 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, the first to be televised.
Unlike some radio newsmen of his day who believed television would be a passing fad, Herman embraced the infant medium. In 1949, he traveled overseas as a stringer with a 16mm camera and an audio recording machine to become one of the few television correspondents to serve as a cameraman. He provided CBS News with its first sound and film television reports from abroad.

60 MINUTES correspondent Lesley Stahl, who took over as moderator of FACE THE NATION from Herman, said "George Herman was a giant. As FACE THE NATION moderator he was always fair, coming up with the salient question after the rest of the panelists like me probed around the edges. He was someone I looked up to and loved because he was witty, gentlemanly and so smart."
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia; three sons, Charles of Glenview Ill., Scott of Bethesda Md. and Douglas of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Excerpted from a longer article supplied by David Schwartz
Added a list of CBS staff announcers, courtesy of David Schwartz. If anyone has additions or corrections, please send them to us! Click here ---> CBS staff announcers

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Two new QSL cards have been added to the Ham Radio area. Click here ---> QSL cards
Two new album updates!

"Page 7" has a new addition, thanks to Harold Deppe. Click Here ---> Charlie Carembelas
and Our "Famous Faces" album has a new addition, as well. Click Here ---> Famous Faces Album

Monday, February 07, 2005

Get Ready for a Big Batch of Patches

On February 8th (this month's "Patch Tuesday), Microsoft plans to release a particularly big batch of patches and fixes. There are thirteen security advisories slated for release, and critical fixes for Windows Media Player, MSN Messenger and Office are among them, as well as a cumulative patch for IE vulnerabilities.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Another picture has been added to the "Page 7" album, courtesy of Harold Deppe
(comments supplied by Richard Diehl). If you know who the person is, please let us know!
Click here ---> Page 7 new addition
Just received this newspaper excerpt from the Renton, WA paper, and submitted by Tony Cipolla.

Renton, WA (AP) Bill Shadel, who covered D-Day for CBS Radio during World War II, became an ABC television anchor and moderated the third presidential debate between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960, died Saturday at an assisted living home in this Seattle suburb, relatives and associates said. He was 96.
Shadel, who worked with Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid and Howard K. Smith at CBS, was the first host of "Face the Nation" and later became a University of Washington communications professor. Tapes of his wartime broadcasts are still used in journalism schools around the country. Shadel began in journalism as a National Rifle Association correspondent and became editor of the group’s magazine, The American Rifleman. In 1943 he assigned himself to Europe where he was quickly recruited by Murrow to help CBS cover World War II.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

I am the TV historian at Game Show Network and currently researching a book on the network TV announcers. Sometimes I get a tape of a show whose announcer's voice I don't recognize. Such is the case is the 1964-65 CBS variety show "The Entertainers". (The show starred Carol Burnett, John Davidson, Caterina Valente and Dom DeLuise.
I need the help of the great talents and knowledge of your group in identifying this voice.
I can supply either a videotape or DVD of the show opening and close that showcase the off camera announcer.

Many thanks,
David Schwartz

I can be reached at or 310-244-8692

Also, below is a photo I thought you might like to add to your collection.
I believe it is a shot from the control room of CBS Studio 72 (West 81st and Broadway) circa 1957: