Wednesday, September 28, 2005



To Peggy McManus:

I am very sorry to hear about your father and even more sorry that I didn't respond sooner. I was away and just arrived home. Your father was a fine man. He was respected and liked by his friends and fellow workers. He was a devoted and dedicated worker, always concerned about getting the show on the air. He would work all hours on his own time to correct a problem, many times without anyone else aware of the problem. He didn't do it for recognition, he did it because he was a professional and he had to be satisfied the show was ready for air. As an example, I am sending you one incident (see attachment) that occurred where your dad was supposed to leave at 12 midnight and worked until 7 am to get the show on the air. No one told him to... he knew what he had to do. After we both retired, we had lunch together a few times, and I am sorry we didn't do it more often. My wife and your mother met a few times and she enjoyed her company, so would you please send us your mom's address as we would like to send our condolences.

Fondly,
Vinny and Theresa Castrataro

Ed. Note:
Here is a local story... a bit lengthy, however, interesting!

This is the incident I referred to today on the 20 meter net. There were actually 16 (not 10) fire departments lending mutual aid. Lots of tower ladders from neighboring departments to get the water on top of the fire.THE CAUSE: A laborer employed by a contractor hired by the Village of New Hyde Park accidentally ruptured a gas main while replacing the sidewalk in front of the fire buildings. This was part of a beautification sidewalk refurbishment program. They were replacing the concrete slabs with brick work.Nuzzi Oil Co. has been at this location (for 60 years) since I was a kid. I used to play sand lot baseball with one of the Nuzzi kids when I was growing up. Unfortunately, they had several (empty) oil delivery trucks on premise when the fire broke out which added to the blaze.W2RII Harold's brother lives in NHP, which is the next village East of where we live in Floral Park. I had close relatives who lived there until a few years ago.The Venison dinner we attend each year is held at the New Hyde Park Inn. Paul, K2VBS had his wedding reception at that facility.This event was a major disaster for our neighboring village to the east. There are a lot of good folks who own those businesses that were destroyed in the blaze. We can't help but praise our volunteer firefighters who braved the fury of this conflagration to keep it from spreading to the residential area immediately behind the fire location. 3 hours of dedicated volunteer work with 2 injured firefighters. Thru the efforts of the NHPFD all animals were rescued from the NHP Animal Hospital which was totally involved.The reason I listened on 2 different scanners was because Nassau County Fire Com uses 3 different frequencies to dispatch units as well as allocates unit to unit Xmissions all on VHF (46.10 & 46.32 mhz) there is also an HT repeat function on UHF (450 mhz) which is simulcast on 46.32 mhz. That way I could hear dispatch and everything else going on at the same time (The 450 mhz HT link was by far the best way to keep abreast of the situation as it developed).It was obvious to me that the NC Fire Com dispatchers were overwhelmed by all the requests for mutual aid for ambulances, tower ladder trucks, engines, fast truck teams etc. (A Fast Truck team arrives at the site of the fire and is immediately pressed into service at the scene, their job is to relieve those firefighters who are in the affected buildings and are doing the work of trying to extinguish the fire)I really love to hear what's happening now when it comes to live events. I spent 28 years working for WCBS News Radio 88 & CBS-TV News and 4 years prior to that chasing fire engines in a WAPC mobile truck when I was News Director (and Chief Engineer) for WAPC in Riverhead, Long Island, NY.This account is much too involved for any net transmission. Just thought you might like it if I shared it.

C U on the radio!
73 de Bob W2BOB
Bob Maickel

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Two pictures have been added to the "Page 10" album. These are old B&W contact prints. They are from a remote in 1975 at a stadium somewhere in the U.S! Click here ___>Page 10

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Here are some pictures from Jim Ognibene's recent retirement party.
Click here ___>Jim's retirement party

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I had an interesting experience last night. I was part of a conference call on Skype which was connected to a 75 meter AMer's Net on the West Coast. There were about 25 to 30 stations that checked in from CA, AZ, NV, OR. Some of these guys were running old broadcast station transmitters that they had purchased and refurbished for operation on 75 meters others were running the old Johnson Viking gear or homebew stuff.Net control was WJ6W, Dave Jennings who worked for CBS Engineering several years while I was there, but we never knew each other back then. He was connected to the Skype conference call and piped our voices over his Collins Broadcast xmtr to the rest of the net. The xmtr he was using was the same model that I worked on when I was Chief Engineer at WAPC in Riverhead, Long Island from 1963 until 1967.The other Skype participants were Bob Heil of Heil Microphone fame and Riley Hollingsworth from the FCC. I was honored and quite amazed to be included as part of this illustrious group. I was asked to give a brief history of my broadcast and ham radio experience and I also mentioned my steel guitar activities which seemed to attract a lot of interest. One guy asked me if I had ever considered purchasing the old Collins xmtr from WAPC. I replied NO, but it was sold to a ham in Massachusetts 2 years ago.Riley answered some questions concerning deliberate interference being caused by sidebanders on 75 meters and then excused himself, since he had an early morning call today. Bob Heil and I stayed on for about an hour answering questions and handling some of the traffic for the net. Apparently, this was the first time anything like this has been attempted on a net. It wasn't just a phone patch hookup. Heil and I bailed out at 1:30 am EDT. I had no choice since I was connected to him in the conference call.I received compliments on my audio quality, even tho I was using the built-in Mic in the Macintosh. One never knows.
73,
Bob Maickel
Just received this from Bob Sammon by postal mail

DEAR TED:
FIRST OF ALL .. .CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND ALL WHO WORK TO KEEP THE
RETIREES GROUP TOGETHER AND INFORMED ABOUT ITS MEMBERS..

THEN, I THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST.
I'VE BEEN AWAY FROM CBS ABOUT 40 YEARS BUT THE
MEMORIES ARE STILL STRONG. PARTICULARLY WHEN I SEE FAMILIAR
NAMES IN THE "IN MEMORIUM" BOX.. .THIS TIME, JOHN MCMANUS AND MIKE SALGO.
WHAT GREAT FELLOW WORKERS THEY WERE BACK THEN, I OFTEN WONDER HOW
MANY OF MY TV GENERATION (DEFINED AS THE DAYS IN THE GRAND CENTRAL
STUDIOS) OR THE RADIO DAYS (FROM 1934 TO 1946) ARE STILL THERE.
TIME MARCHES ON!!!

ALTHOUGH I'M HOLDING MY OWN (AT 87) I'M NOT YET UP TO GETTING TO ONE OF YOUR LUNCHEONS. PEHAPS ONE DAY!.
I'D BE GRATEFUL IF YOU'D ACCEPT THE ENCLOSED CHECK TOWARD WHATEVER
EXPENSES YOU HAVE FOR THE GROUP.


BEST WISHES ALWAYS,
BOB SAMMON

PS I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY OLD CBS FRIENDS.
MY ADDRESS IS: 177 WICKHAM ROAD, GARDEN CITY, NY 11530
PHONE IS: 516-747-1458 E-MAIL: LENSMASTER@AOL.COM

Monday, September 19, 2005

I AM VERY HAPPY AND PROUD TO BE PART OF THE PRESTIGIOUS FAMILY OF CBS
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT IS KNOWING THAT WE CAN BE IN TOUCH AND HAVING FRIENDS LIKE YOU ALL, MY DAYS ARE BRIGHTER. THE GREAT JOB THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING TO HAVE ALL WELL INFORMED KEEPS US ALL VERY THANKFUL AND HAPPY . THIS IS GREAT PUERTO RICAN CITIZEN THAT LOVE YOU ALL.
CARLITOS VARGAS FROM THE SUNNY MIAMI BEACH, ALWAYS READING YOUR PAGE.
KEEP UP A GREAT JOB AND WISHING YOU ALL LOTS OF HEALTH .

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Some minor corrections have been made to the Page 8 and Katz collections, and several new pictures have been added to the Page 10 collection. Click here for ___>Page 10

Saturday, September 17, 2005



This is a shot in the dark question for your CBS retirees. Of course, I realize you folks had nothing to do with the CBS-Columbia consumer television receivers. This said, perhaps one of your members may recall if the CBS RX-90 15" color receiver (early 1954) was ever offered for sale to the public. Or, perhaps, it was only a limited pilot run of sets for engineering research. I have included a picture of this receiver in hopes it may jog a memory somewhere. This set is not to be confused withthe CBS-Columbia "205" 19" color receiver which was sold to the public in late 1954.Thank you in advance for any information you or your members may provide.
Regards,
Steve Dichter
Please visit my Vintage Color TV website:
http://community.webtv.net/stevetek/StevesCT100
Harry Remmers was one of our original supervisors at CBS/W. He came over from WTOP as described by Bob Camfiord in his thank you to the original group of techs that built the plant. Harry's work was his HOBBY. He loved it!
Two Harry stories:

1. TV coverage of the MARCH ON THE PENTAGON required a camera across the POTOMAC in ARLINGTON to catch the marchers coming over the bridge. How would you prepare to set up a camera powered up and fed back to 2020 in the 60's?
WRC (NBC) solution was send Mobile unit, find power, long power cable run, camera cable to reach camera on roof (250'), etc.

The Harry solution:

We had rack mounted camera control units. He told us to take 100' camera cable, 100' ac cable. On the roof we set up the camera and ccu. Whoa! Where was the power? Harry gave his little "heh, heh" laugh and pointed at the exit sign next to the door to the roof. He opened the access door to the fixture, removed the light bulb, and wonder of wonders produced an ac socket. Power up. Feed checked. Harry had even arranged to tie in the camera headset with the control room from the remote location via TELCO director to cameraman communication.

2. NFL setup on saturdays at RFK. Check in with 2020 for tape recording with George Allen, who was not known for his patience. All ready. Roll tape! Tape is rolling. After a couple of questions, all the monitors and the camera rolled. BYE-BYE George. Can' t stay, gotta go!

"What happened?", asked Bob Dailey of Joe Tier. Joe ruefully admitted that Harry was checking sync generators and had switched them not knowing that taping was going on the day before a game.
Bob was a decent man and figured out a solution for his next game in DC. He left the door to the switching area open after checking that tape was ready to record. He called Harry to the door and told him to put his hands on the side of the mobile unit. Harry complied. ROLL TAPE!! Bob called out in TRIUMPH Thus was human error reduced at CBS/W.

P.S. Harold Shutzman
Thanks buddy! Right back at you.
Frank Novack
Does anyone know where I can get information on Chip-Chart Set-up Procedures, for the Philips LDK 6000 Cameras and Camera Set-up Procedures for the Philips LDK 6000 Cameras?
Any information I can get would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Mel Waldman

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Our latest newsletter is now available for viewing. Those that are interested in joining us at the next luncheon, please either print and clip the "coupon" from the newsletter, or hand write a note with the needed information, and mail it with your check to the address indicated. Remember, you must pre-select an entree! Click here for the newsletter ___>Newsletter

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Isaias Rivera                           Robert Pattison

Let us never forget the tragic events that led to the death of two of CBSs finest employees. May their families find the peace in their hearts that strengthens their resolve. We ask that this treachery never again befalls any one, anywhere that freedom lives. I felt that sentiment later in the month of the treacherous attack on our nation. But, now, with the death toll climbing of our military forces in the fight for the freedom of people in the oppressed countries of the world, I dont want to become complacent and accept the higher body count with a blasé attitude. We, at CBS, lost two coworkers who became the first casualties of the war on terrorism. They are not listed in the daily body counts, nor are they considered killed in action, along with the military. We will never forget them. As the innocent victims of such a cowardly act they become symbolic heroes in the fight against evil. There are other members of the broadcast industry that lost their lives on that memorable day of infamy. They too, should be eulogized along with our own family members. And it goes with out saying, that all those who died in that holocaust showed the fight-back-courage that is inherent in our American system of freedom of choices. September 11th should not be the catch phrase for the politicians to gather votes, but a day for all Americans to realize that the battlefield is now at our doorstep and to be ever on guard for the evil of terrorism to fester in our midst. Once again, we pray for their immortal souls and hope that there is a softening of the pain their families felt because of their loss.
For the CBS Retirees website staff,
Tony Cucurullo
Two new pictures have been added to Page 10. Click here ___>Page 10
Dave,

I hesitate to pass this on, but in the Sept 7th Obits in Long Island Newsday, there is a listing of Jack O'Donnell with a picture which is identical to the CBS Jack O'Donnell. The reason I hesitate is the absence of any information that would connect him with CBS, Both Jim Martens, who brought it my attention, and I are sure that it is the CBS Jack O'Donnell but you may want to wait for further confirmation before publishing. Jim thinks he may have passed away in California where he was last living. However the Funeral is Friday at 9:45AM at the Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park.
Regards,
Bob Wilson

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Received a phone call from Jim Martens that Jack O'Donnell passed away on August 30, 2005. He was living in California, but will be buried in Holy Rood Cemetery on Long Island.

Tony Casola

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hello!
I wanted to write and comment on what a fascinating web site you have! I am not a CBS Retiree, and quite honestly, stumbled across your site while searching the internet for information about current and former NYC television studios.I have always been quite interested in the history of television. As I child, I can remember telling my parents that when I grew up, I wanted to be a television camera operator.Indeed, I did end up working in television production, and very early in my career, while doing some video freelancing, I was invited by a friend of mine to visit her on the set of the sitcom Kate & Allie, which was taping at The Ed Sullivan Theatre. While there, I became quite fascinated by the facility, even though at the time (early 80s), it had fallen into quite a state of disrepair. Of course, from the marquee, I knew the facility had hosted the Sullivan Show, but was even more amazed when I found out what an interesting history the place had. Ever since my visit, I have been interested not only in the former CBS Studio 50, but all of the Broadway theatres and other facilities that were converted to television facilities.I no longer do video freelancing. I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1986 and now own an advertising agency. While not a member of your group, I would enjoy cooresponding with anyone who wanted to share stories, photos, etc. about "The Ed" or any of the other broadcast facilities in New York.
My e-mail address is
jsmith@proadsinc.com.
Again, very interesting and informative web site!

J.R. Smith
Scottsdale, Arizona
Hi,
Have not been online much these days due to traveling, hunting , fishing, metal detecting. I have been teaching (volunteering) various courses for the local youth council, Hunting classes for the Dept of Environmental Conservation, Schoharie County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse DWI courses, and other stuff to keep me out of trouble. Between these activities, my 8 grandkiddies take up the rest of the time. My wife Dawn is doing well also.
Say Hi to everyone for me. Thanks,

Fred Dudash

NEW ADDRESS:

Frederick S. Dudash Sr. Retired Videotape Maint. 1997
120 Hillside Ave.
Cobleskill N.Y.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Just received this from Peggy McManus (John McManus's daughter)

Hello - as you know my dad, John McManus, passed away
in Jupiter, Florida on August 7. We had a mass there
on August 10 - coincidentally at the same church where
Perry Como was a member and where his funeral was also
held. My dad had worked on the Perry Como Show many
years ago.

There will also be a funeral mass here in NY -

on Sat September 10 at 10 A.M. - at St. Agnes
Cathedral - 29 Quealy Place, in Rockville Centre NY -
516-766-0205.

Please let me know if you need my mother's address.

Thank you - Peggy McManus
pmcmanus2000@yahoo.com

Monday, September 05, 2005

Hello Dave,

I have read about the video tape delay stories. When "Nightwatch" moved to Washington in 1984, with Charlie Rose, they had call-in shows. Harry Remmers figured out how to use an 8 second delay using two 1" tape machines. I think they were RCA machines. I have no idea if that was the first time it was done or not.
We did that on several Nightwatch shows. We had a marked stick, or board, to be sure the machines were the same distance apart every time. There were rollers to remove and a few other adjustments to make it work. It did work fine.
Regards,

Royce

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Dave:

Re: Jim Hergenrather's note about a 7 second delay. There was only 1 RCA VTR in Grand Central when I left in 1963 and went to build Broadcast Center with the great Team that put it together. Since CBS had a vested interest in Ampex, RCA VTR's were not used in Grand Central. I know that a delay was accomplished between two Ampex machines due to their placement with a wastebasket to determine the time needed... In the Broadcast Center, Ernie Lowe, Paul Buda and I installed one RCA playback-only machine in Video Tape in 1965...all the rest were Ampex. That picture must have been mislabled.

Regards,

Harry Charles

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hello from Television City in Hollywood.

I'm the un-official historian for TV City working out of the Video Tape Department.
No too long ago I saw a color photo on your web site that showed two RCA VTR's side by side with a loop of tape between them that created the "seven second" delay for live programs.
I looked for that picture today and am unable to find it. If possible we would like to get a copy of this photo to put on display in our photo gallery here. We have too many young wipper-snappers here who have no idea how things were done in the old days. While we did the same type of tape delay here, we have no photos.
And, if possible, we would enjoy talking to anyone who may have worked with the delay.
You guys have a great website!

Jim Hergenrather


Ed. Note: I've done a complete search of the website and cannot find such a picture.
I do recall seeing a seven second audio tape delay in TX, however, I don't think that this is what he means.
Two new pictures added to Page 10. Click here ___>Page 10

Friday, September 02, 2005

----- Original Message -----
From:
Bob Dailey
To: Tony Cucurullo
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 2:48 PM

TONY .....THAT IS GREAT NEWS!! THE GOOD LORD WAS WATCHING OVER YOU AND YOUR LOVELY DAUGHTER WAS STANDING RIGHT BESIDE HIM. NOW HURRY AND GET WELL.
BEST WISHES,

BOB



Bob,

I had an answer from the Lord God himself. My perplexing question will always be why my daughter and not me? I am ever mindful of the mysteries of the universe. I am grateful for what has been given to me as a second chance. I will intensify my prayers for others that are in need of an indulgence. I was totally unaware of the tragedy that struck this nation due to the hurricane. My heart is broken over the tragedies that has befallen upon so many people.
Whether you voted for the president or not you have to sympathize with him. The photo I saw of him, he looked like a 90 yr old man..
May the peace of the lord be with all in need.
Regards,
Tony

JOHN L. KOUSHOURIS:

Dear John,

There isn't any criteria for membership in our esoteric menagerie. All that is required is a desire to be heard with stories that will fill in a chapter, page, line or just a thought relating to the history of our efforts in the broadcast industry.
For instance... I remember working on a colorcast of a play with the legendary Noel Coward. While some of the details now reside in the realm of folklore, they at least fill in a sophomoric image and cause me a moment of pleasure. It seems that the crew was always involved with some by-play or gag. The players were Al Diamond, Frank Harvey, nonpareil when it came to playing a buffoon; and Al Kozak, who couldn't make the sign-of-the-cross and keep a straight face.
The set-up was that Kozie' was to get into a mock fight with Al Diamond and while pretending to scuffle, Frank Harvey reaches under Big Al's jacket and yanks out the complete shirt and tie off the frame of Diamond. This caused much laughter but it didn't sit too well with you, and you bounced the three of them from the show in the blink of an eye. Later, you reconsidered and reinstated the ninnies and all was forgiven. I wonder, John, if you can recall that incident. It doesn't quite measure up to your impressive technical resume, but might add to your enjoyment as a member of the greatest assemblage of creative artisans that filled the void in the history of show-biz. In either case, I for one, am glad to reestablish contact with one of the points-of-light and a true pioneer of our industry. Stay in touch and fill the page with some of your wonderful background.
Regards,
Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Harold Deppe has supplied us with a vintage photo of Ed Benford from 1951.
Check it out on ___>Page 10
Received the following communication from John Koushouris:

JOHN L. KOUSHOURIS
517-Iroquois Lane
Stratford, CT. 06614
203-381-9935
203-921-9610
Yaramata@aol.com

ATTENTION: RETIRED CBS ENGINEERS
I was a member of the Association some years ago
and for reasons foreign to me I suddenly was
dropped into the "dead file".
At any rate, while writing two books, I renewed
friendships with Dick O'brien and found out that he
was indeed a member of the CBS Operations group.
Actually Adrian Ettlinger was the one who passed on
your address to me.

Reason for writing: If membership is still open I wish
to rejoin as a founding member of the CBS
Operations Group. Actually, I went to work for Dr.
Peter Goldmark, father of color TV, on January 6,
1945.

I worked under Peter Goldmark on high powered
radar for the Pacific war and on VJ Day I started to
work on the development of Color TV, Sequential,
that is.

In 1949, I transferred from CBS Labs to CBS TV
Operations as TD of Crew 16, doing the Perry Como
Show and the Stork Club Show.
In 1950, I transferred to Engineer In Charge of color
TV. From there I went on to head up the
development and operations of Video Tape
Operations.

At any rate I can truthfully say that I spent 17 of the
most fabulous years of my life at CBS. And, at this
point in my life I'd really like to re-establish the
relationships of those marvelous, wonderful years
with people like, Frank Florio, George Zavales, Joe
Sakota, Don Dube, John McManus, Al Diamond, Artie
Tinn, Hugo Ripp, Hal Warner, Herb Schwartz, Billie
Bell, Sandy Bell, "Black Sam", Bob Wilson, Vernon
Surphlis, Apollo Taleporos (in CA.), Blair Benson and
Chuck Bodien, just to name a few.

I formed my own company in 1961 and went on to be
a Producer, packaging and producing 31 MISS
AMERICA PAGEANT SHOWS, while producing major
sports ebents from the USA, including Europe
and Japan.

To sum it up, IT'S BEEN A GREAT LIFE!

Regards,
John K.
Good News
Tony Cucurullo is now home from the hospital and recuperating from his surgery. He has been pronounced cancer free. He wishes to thank all of you for your kind thoughts and prayers. He is now well enough to accept calls and emails. Please allow at least another week for emails. By that time he might be able to get to the computer.

His phone is: 757-875-1558 and his email is: tonycucu2@cox.net