Wednesday, March 30, 2005

For those who remember....there was someone in the tech group that came up with the original idea for this show. There is a story that I don't know much about. Maybe Tony C. does?
Gayle DePoli

Paul HenningTV Producer Who Created 'The Beverly Hillbillies' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BURBANK, Calif., March 29 (AP)

Paul Henning, who created the hit television show "The Beverly Hillbillies" and wrote its theme song, died here on Friday. He was 93 and lived in Los Angeles.He died in a Burbank hospital after being sick for some time, his daughter Carol Henning said.Mr. Henning based "The Beverly Hillbillies," which made its debut in 1962, on his encounters with residents of the Ozark Mountains during camping trips he took as a youth, Ms. Henning said.The series, on CBS, starred Buddy Ebsen as the patriarch Jed Clampett, whose newfound oil wealth takes him and his family to Beverly Hills. It drew up to 60 million viewers at its peak and ran until 1971.Mr. Henning also wrote the words and music to "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which was sung by Jerry Scoggins while the Nashville bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo.The ballad began:
Come 'n listen to my story 'bout a man named JedA poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fedAn' then one day, he was shootin' at some food,An' up through the ground come a bubblin' crude.In 1963 Mr. Henning created "Petticoat Junction," a "Hillbillies" spinoff.He was born on a farm in Missouri on Sept. 16, 1911, and grew up in Independence. As a teenager, he worked behind the soda fountain at Brown's Drugstore, where he met Harry S. Truman, who advised him to become a lawyer, Ms. Henning said.Mr. Henning graduated from the Kansas City School of Law, but soon went to work writing for radio. He wrote for "Fibber McGee and Molly" and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show," among others.While Mr. Henning is sometimes credited with creating the television show "Green Acres," Ms. Henning said he actually helped the show's creator, Jay Sommers, cast it and served as its executive producer.Mr. Henning also worked in films. He was a screenwriter for the 1964 "Bedtime Story," starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. That film later served as the basis for the 1988 movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," of which Mr. Henning was also a co-writer.Later in his life, Mr. Henning and his wife, Ruth, donated land near Branson, Mo., to the state for a conservation area.Besides his daughter Carol, Mr. Henning is survived by another daughter, Linda Henning Adams; a son, Tony Henning; and two grandsons.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

I have rearranged a few pictures so that they appear in more logical order,
as well as adding a new picture. The albums in question are:
click here ___>:Page 7 and The David Schwartz Collection (<___ click here)

My friend Jim Cox is writing a book on the TV soaps of the 50's and came up with this question. I am not even sure what years Harry was on staff at CBS. Do any of you know?

To: David Schwartz
Subject: Harry Kramer

I just thought of something I surely need help on. Perhaps you can verify. I have some of Harry Kramer's radio accomplishments, and know he was the announcer for The Edge of Night from 1958-72. Not sure why he seemingly abruptly departed there (do you know?). Was it time to retire or did he die?
At any rate, two hours later he was before the CBS microphone again saying: "Direct from our CBS newsroom in New York this is The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." Would you possibly know the precise years he served in that capacity? I'm assuming 1950s-70s but would like to pin it down even further.


Ed Note: If anyone has any information, please forward to me for relay.

Monday, March 28, 2005

We have two new pictures for our "Page 7" collection, courtesy of Harold Deppe.
I think Harold may be running out of pictures, so let's see if we can get two more pictures from elsewhere, to complete this album! Click here ___>Page 7

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Two Tubes pix brought to mind that dear man, Charley Markey, a maintenance man at 15 VAN during the 50s. Charley was conscientious to a fault. While transporting an image orthicon on a maintenance cart he was stunned to see the tube rolling off the cart. It wasn't Charley's day. The tube broke, and he offered to have CBS deduct part of his salary each week until it was paid. He was mortified and thought his career had ended. But CBS tech bosses were Tommy Thompson, Charley Christian, et al. and "there but for the grace of God" could have been any one of us. Mr. Markey went on to become one of the fine early day's maintenance men of Grand Central studios, the Video Man's best friend.

Frank Novack

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Our page 7 collection has been updated with a new entry from Harold Deppe.
Here is a direct link to that image ___> Two Tubes

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

I periodically speak with my old friend Lou Dennis. Lou does not have a computer. He frequently asks about Bruno Fucci. If anyone would like to send Lou a message (especially Bruno) you may send me email and I will foward it to him. Thanks.

Jay J. Chichon email:

Monday, March 21, 2005

Our next Get-Together Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 11th, 2005. It will be at the Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, Long Island. Postal mailings and e-mails will be sent out next month. So mark that date on your calendar.

Tony Casola

Friday, March 18, 2005

Due to the vagaries of the internet, it looks like one of our albums "disappeared" into the ether...
I was able to locate it somewhere south of Pluto, and after careful coaxing, it has returned to its place of prominence. You can now, again, peruse its contents.
Click here ___> October 20, 2004 NJ Luncheon

Thursday, March 17, 2005

A new picture has been added to our Member Pix area. This is an old slide, which was photographed by digital camera. Notice that the quality is sufficient for display on the web. It is certainly cheaper than buying a slide copying device! Courtesy of Harry Peterson. Click here __> Member Pix
I found a story on your website that included the name of my father, George Huether. I'm not sure if you are referring to the same person. I would be interested in knowing if it is. Dad passed away in November 2001 at age 86. He lived and worked in NY until we moved to Phoenix in 1969.

John Huether

Ed Note: contact me for John's email address, if needed.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Jack Katz, WW 2 AAF Tech.Sgt. Air Medal 45 missions over Europe.

I was sorry to read of the untimely death of Jack Katz. He was a very pleasant man to work with. He didn't posses any of the Star-Power attitudes that some other audio men without portfolio displayed . He was a renaissance man, a very helpful person to anyone that needed his talents.
He was from the Wm. Paley mold: as George Gray, Elliot Gordon, Larry Schneider and other great CBS engineers. He enjoyed good humor, and had a quick wit.
As you can see from the line above he served honorably and with distinction.
He now joins those on the CBS pantheon of good and decent people.
Jack, wherever your spirit is, I am sure there is room for another good man.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, March 10, 2005

here is a story for the page . I thought of Pete after seeing his picture in the collection you just posted. I wonder if you could include the picture?

Ed. Note: Yes...that's Pete on the left (Joe Eagan on the right)...

Once again the pictures in the Ethier collection open the floodgates of my reverie. I see the picture of the gregarious Pete Prescott standing with the irrepressible Joe Egan.
I must relate this story about Pete if only to warm your hearts for having known and worked with the man.
We were at Daytona for a car race and while we were setting the equipment about the stands and in the center infield, we noticed a group of young boys cleaning and picking up debris about the place. As it turns out a sub-contractor that does this job brings these children in from a home somewhere in Pennsylvania and all they get is a place to bed-down and some sparse vittles to just barely sustain them.
Pete, Herman Lang and myself found where there were lodged, it was in a small room and they were stacked three high in their bunks. The place was smelly and dirty. They needed just about everything, clothes food and a place to wash their clothes. I went to our crew and asked for some cash, as always they came across. Pete and I went to Sears and purchased some necessities, but while we were there Pete says, Why dont we buy a Washing machine and it could be kept at the track so that these children could wash their clothes each night.
I told Pete I dont want to go and make another collection from the guys. Pete just reached in his pockets and came up with the money for the machine. We brought it back and hooked it up and that made all of us feel really good.
Pete is one of those CBSers that always comes through. I am sure there are lots of you out there that know how generous a man Pete is.
That is one of the nice reasons that we have this page, we get to relive some great memories of very fine people.

Tony Cucurullo

Hello Dave,

Just wanted to advise you that my father, Jack Katz, passed away on March 8, 2005 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was very sudden; he was in process of taking a Princess cruise to the Western Caribbean and doing the things he liked to do. He was very proud of his work at CBS and often showed me the pictures ofhimself and his CBS engineer friends. During his 37 year career with CBS, he worked as audio engineer on the Captain Kangaroo Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, 60 Minutes and miscellaneous Presidential conventions, NY Giant football games, soaps and other special events. I'd like to do a more proper obit when I have time; however, I wanted to communicate the loss and indicate the funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 11:45AM at the Mt. Sinai Chapel in E. Brunswick, NJ.Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Jack and Roda Katz Fund, c/o Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect St, Acton, Ma 01720.

Thank You.
Bob Katz
48 Lakewood Rd
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 568-9286
We now have over thirty pictures in the Scotty Ethier collection! Be sure to click on the Next button to get to the second page of pictures! I am trying to keep the pages to a reasonable size so that they load quickly. Click here ---> Ethier Collection

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I have just created a new "Scotty Ethier" collection, thanks to Janine Ethier Fisher.
We need to fill in some missing information. Click here ---> Ethier Collection

Monday, March 07, 2005

Irene and I have sold our country club residence and settled down to a smaller home for 55 and older folks... We will me moving in on March 10th weather permitting.
I will be shutting down the computer for a while... we have 45 years of junk to sort out... I guess many of you have gone thru this before... with luck and shopping around, I would like to get some updated computer furniture and start looking at and copying loads of my 35mm color slides etc. Then get rid of the photo albums and go to the CD's or whatever.
Our new address is 562 Becca Way. Monroe Twp, NJ 08813.
Phone number is 609-409-7090.
I will be back on the circuit and once again look foward & enjoy your messages etc.

Irene & George Klimcsak

Ed note: for those looking to copy slides, there is a new device available at a resonable price.
It's called the OpticFilm 7200 by Plustek. It scans at 7200 dpi and runs about $199.
Another pricier option is the Epson Perfection 2580 Photo, if you need a flatbed scanner as well.
We have three new picture additions to our "Page 7" collection. One of these represents the oldest "artifact" on the website, thanks to Dave Schwartz! We could use some info on the other two, as well!
Click here ---> Page 7